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Tadeusz Strugała

Tadeusz Strugała

Tadeusz Strugała

*10 II 1935 Katowice

Tadeusz Strugała - has performed in Europe, Australia, USA and Asia, with the leading Polish as well as with 120 foreign orchestras, including the Bamberger Symphoniker, Staatskapelle Berlin, RIAS Berlin, Radio-Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Dresden Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra (Manchester), philharmonic and radio orchestras in Prague, Helsinki, Stockholm, Budapest, Bucharest, Leipzig, St. Petersburg, Sophia and Seoul, the Israel Sinfonietta, Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon, City of London Sinfonia and London Mozart Players. He has conducted many premieres of Polish works, and made recordings for various radios and recording companies.

He has led the Breslau Philharmonic and the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. He has served as deputy artistic director and permanent conductor of the Warsaw Philharmonic, whilst at the same time leading the Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra and the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw. He was a long-serving principal guest conductor of the FOK Prague Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic.

For many years, he was director of the Chopin Festival in Duszniki (1975-1985) and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Wroclaw  (1969-1997), which flourished in artistic and organisational terms under his general management  gaining international renown.

At the Wroclaw Opera, and then at the Warsaw Chamber Opera, he  prepared the premieres of productions of Weber's Der Freischütz, and he opened the Hoffman Festival with Beethoven's Fidelio. At the Polish National Opera, he did  performances of Boris Eifman's ballet Tchaikovsky - life and death, subsequently serving as musical director for guest performances of that ballet given by Eifman's Dance Theatre in Austria.

In recent years, he has also returned to teaching, and he is regularly invited to sit on the jury of international conducting and piano competitions (Prague Spring Competition, of Conducting, G. Fitelberg Conducting Competition, Van Cliburn Piano Competition).

He performed the role of a conductor in Roman Polanski's movie The Pianist, and conducted the music for SONY's soundtrack.

Tadeusz Strugała has been awarded an Orfeusz statue and a prize of the Polish Composers' Union for outstanding achievements in the performance of contemporary Polish music. Among his other prestigious distinctions are the Grand Prix du Disque Ferenc Liszt, a nomination for Gramophone's Record of the Year for his premiere recording of Roman Maciejewski's Requiem, and the title 'Stern des Monats' awarded by the German phonographic magazine Fono Forum for recordings of works by Scharwenka. For his outstanding achievements in conducting and the promotion of Polish music abroad, he has received awards from the Ministry of Culture and Arts, including a gold Gloria Artis, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta, and also numerous prizes. He is also a prize-winner of the Kulturpreis Schlesien des Landes Niedersachsen and Doctor honoris causa of the Wroclaw Music Academy. Recently received the highest honour of the Polish National Radio, Diamond Baton (2012).

Professor of conducting and composition at the Cracow Music Academy.

Minister of Culture Representative to the Programme Board of the National Radio Orchestra (NOSPR) in Kattowitz. 


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