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Jacek Kaspszyk

Jacek Kaspszyk

Jacek Kaspszyk

*10 VIII 1952 Biała Podlaska

Since his success in the prestigious Herbert von Karajan Competition (1977), Jacek Kaspszyk has conducted major orchestras around the world, including all the major London orchestras, and also the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the BBC orchestras of Scotland and Wales, debuting with the latter at the BBC Proms. He has also conducted orchestras in Japan, Korea and Malaysia, and he regularly appears in China with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra and Chinese Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing. He has held many important musical posts in Poland, including music director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, artistic director of the Wrocław Philharmonic (now the National Forum of Music), and also managing and artistic director of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera. With the PNO’s ensembles, he has enjoyed great success in Japan, at the Beijing Festival, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, Hong Kong Arts Festival and elsewhere. As an opera conductor, he has prepared productions for the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Opéra Comique in Paris, Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opernhaus in Zurich, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and recently the Staatstheater Nürnberg. Since September 2013, he has been artistic director of the Warsaw Philharmonic. At the start of his tenure, he led the orchestra’s first ever concerts broadcast on the Internet. Together with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, he has recorded a disc featuring works by Mieczysław Weinberg (Warner Classics) nominated for a Polish record industry ‘Fryderyk’ award. His recording of Stanisław Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor (EMI) went platinum, and his recording of Szymanowski’s King Roger (CD Accord) was nominated for BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Album of the Year’ award (both those operas were recorded with the PNO). In 2009, he made his first appearance with Martha Argerich at ‘Chopin and his Europe’, which led to an invitation to take part in the ‘Progetto Martha Argerich’ festival in Lugano over the next few years. A disc featuring a recording of his performance at that festival (EMI) reached second spot on the classical charts. His discography also includes two albums released by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, both recordings of concerts given at ‘Chopin and his Europe’: Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E minor with Martha Argerich and Sinfonia Varsovia (programmed alongside Chopin’s works for piano and cello interpreted by Martha Argerich and Mischa Maisky) and piano concertos by Paderewski (with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra) and Martucci (with Sinfonia Varsovia), interpreted by Nelson Goerner. Jacek Kaspszyk has won many awards, including the prestigious Elgar Medal for his outstanding interpretations of works by that composer, and also a ‘Coryphaeus of Polish Music’ and the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza’s cultural prize in the ‘Man of the Year’ category.


 

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