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Grzegorz Nowak

Grzegorz Nowak

Grzegorz Nowak

Permanent Associate Conductor of one of Europe’s finest symphony orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, which he has led on numerous tours, including to Switzerland, Turkey and Armenia, as well as many tours of the UK. Since September 2017, he has been music director of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw. Among his recordings with the Royal Philharmonic, particularly highly regarded are symphonies by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky, the world’s first recording of Klecki’s Violin Concerto, violin concertos by Penderecki and Szymanowski and Lutosławski’s Partita. His rich discography includes a concert with Martha Argerich and Sinfonia Varsovia given in 1992 at Polish Radio’s S1 Concert Studio, including Chopin’s E minor Concerto, which the Paris magazine Diapason praised as ‘indispensable’. A second recording of the Chopin Concerto, coupled with an historical recording by Arthur Rubinstein, was also praised by the critics. His recording with Sinfonia Varsovia of nineteenth-century Polish symphonic music (Kurpiński, Dobrzyński, Moniuszko, Żeleński, Noskowski) won Studio magazine’s CD of the Year award and was the most played recording of Polish music on Polish Radio. Grzegorz Nowak is a graduate in conducting (Witold Krzemieński and Stefan Stuligrosz), composition (Florian Dąbrowski) and violin (Jadwiga Kaliszewska) from Poznań Music Academy. After his studies, he honed his skills at the Eastman School of Music and in Tanglewood, including with Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Erich Leinsdorf and Igor Markevitch. At the New York Philharmonic, he was assistant to Kurt Masur. His international career began when he won the Ernest Ansermet International Conducting Competition in Geneva, sweeping all the special prizes, and in Basle he received the Europäische Förderpreise für Musik for Musician of the Year. He has worked with many leading orchestras in Europe, North America and Asia. He is director of the Sinfonia Helvetica orchestra and the Musique & Amitié festival in Switzerland, as well as the Orquesta sinfonica de España in Madrid. He has worked with such artists as Martha Argerich, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yefim Bronfman, Augustin Dumay, Leon Fleischer, Stephen Hough, Nigel Kennedy, Midori, Shlomo Mintz, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Garrick Ohlsson, Igor Oistrakh, Maria João Pires, Mstislav Rostropovich, Dang Thai Son, Wanda Wilkomirska, Krystian Zimerman, Pinchas Zukerman, Janet Baker, Kathleen Battle, Ben Heppner, Marilyn Horne, Aleksandra Kurzak and Ewa Podleś. In 2017, Władysław Żeleński’s opera Goplana, prepared by Grzegorz Nowak for the Polish National Opera (dir. Janusz Wiśniewski), won the Rediscovered Work category in the International Opera Awards.


 

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