Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra; Jacek Kaspszyk, conductor; Agata Szymczewska, violin
As part of the International Orchestras Series in The International Concert Series 2012/2013
Bernstein Overture: Candide
Szymanowski Concert Overture
Philip Glass Violin Concerto No. 1
Schubert Symphony No. 9 in C major, d. 944 “The Great”
The PNRSO was created in 1935 in Warsaw by Grzegorz Fitelberg who led it until the outbreak of World War II. In 1945, the orchestra was revived in Katowice by Witold Rowicki. In 1947, the post of the artistic director was taken over again by Fitelberg. After his death in 1953, the orchestra was headed in succession by Jan Krenz, Bohdan Wodiczko, Kazimierz Kord, Tadeusz Strugala, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Stanislaw Wislocki, Jacek Kaspszyk, Antoni Wit, Gabriel Chmura and, once again, Jacek Kaspszyk who will conduct this, their debut performance at the National Concert Hall. At the beginning of the season 2012/2013, Alexander Liebreich will become the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the PNRSO.
Award winning conductor Jacek Kaspszyk has been the Artistic Director of the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic since 2006 and until recently was also Music Director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. In addition to recording awards, he was recently nominated for the prestigious Elgar Medal, in recognition of his many fine performances of Elgar’s works over the years, joining distinguished colleagues like Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrew Litton and Leonard Slatkin.
Kaspszyk studied at the Warsaw Academy of Music, graduating in 1975, and that same year made his conducting debut at the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera. In 1976, he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf, and in 1977 was a prize winner at the prestigious Karajan Competition, making his Berlin and New York debut the following year.
Agata Szymczewska has won a number of prestigious awards. She was also the first to receive the London Music Masters Award by a committee composed of members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Wigmore Hall and the Royal College of Music. She has performed across Europe in addition to Israel, Canada, China, Korea and Japan, appearing with orchestras including Sinfonia Varsovia, Warsaw Philharmonic (the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Poland), and has collaborated with outstanding conductors including Krzysztof Penderecki, Andrey Boreyko, Moshe Atzmon, Dmitri Liss, Saulius Sondeckis, Antoni Wit, Maxim Vengerov and Jerzy Maksymiuk.
Since 2005, Szymczewska has taken part in the prestigious International Music Academy Switzerland founded by Maestro Seiji Ozawa. In 2005, she toured Japan and China with Maestro Seiji Ozawa as the youngest member and concertmaster of Ongaku-juku Orchestra.
She plays an Antonio Stradivarius violin (Cremona, ca. 1680) on loan from Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
Presented by The National Concert Hall