Conductor

Antoni Wit


Music Director, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra

Honorary Conductor, Kraków Philharmonic


Antoni Wit is one of Poland’s most highly regarded conductors with a bold commitment to Polish music ranging from Lutosławski, Szymanowski, Karłowicz, Penderecki to Górecki and Kilar. His distinguished conducting career has featured artistic leadership at the key orchestras in Poland, as well as extensive guest-conducting in Europe, America and Asia. A prolific recording artist, he has made over 150 recordings for EMI, Sony and Naxos, receiving EMI Record of the Year, Diapason d’Or, Midem Classique and a Grammy Award. Antoni Wit works with Berlin Philharmoniker, Dresden Staatskapelle, Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, China Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

 

Antoni Wit returns to Portugal and Spain

05 May 2015

Antoni Wit returns to Portugal and Spain in May. He conducts the...

Antoni Wit returns to Teatro Colón

15 Apr 2015

Antoni Wit returns to Teatro Colón on April 23 to conduct the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra in a programme of works by Górecki, Khachaturian and Lutosławski. Khachaturian's Flute Concerto...

Antoni Wit returns to Hungary with the Budapest Philharmonic

09 Apr 2015

Antoni Wit returns to Hungary to conduct the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Richard Strauss’ Don Juan, Stanislaw i Anna Oswiecimowie by Karlowicz and Brahms' Symphony...

Antoni Wit returns to Seoul Philharmonic

13 Mar 2015

Antoni Wit returns to Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra to conduct Beethoven's Eroica Symphony, Elsner's Overture to Leszek Bialy, and Tchaikovsky's violin concerto, soloist Ukrainian...

Antoni Wit awarded Légion d'Honneur

23 Feb 2015

ICA would like to congratulate Antoni Wit, who was presented with the Légion d'Honneur, the highest honour awarded by the French state for outstanding achievement, on Saturday February 21st....

Antoni Wit returns to Spain for concerts in Pamplona and Seville

07 Jan 2015

Antoni Wit returns to Spain this month for a series of concerts in Pamplona and Seville. He conducts the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla in a programme entitled 'After the Dream' at the Teatro...

Antoni Wit and the NCPA Orchestra in Beijing

11 Dec 2014

Antoni Wit and the NCPA Orchestra perform one of Strauss’ great tone poems, An Alpine Symphony, in Beijing on December 13th.  Also included in the programme is a...

Antoni Wit conducts Taiwan Philharmonic with Peter Jablonski

03 Dec 2014

Antoni Wit conducts Taiwan Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) on December 6th at the National Concert Hall Taipei in a programme of works by Karłowicz, Lutosławski,...

Watch Antoni Wit’s concert live on November 20th, with soloist Nicola Benedetti

20 Nov 2014

Watch Antoni Wit’s concert live on November 20th, with soloist Nicola Benedetti.  Antoni conducts the Danish National Symphony Orchestra at the Koncerthuset in Copenhagen on...

Antoni Wit conducts the Danish National Symphony Orchestra

07 Nov 2014

Antoni Wit conducts the Danish National Symphony Orchestra at the Koncerthuset, Copenhagen on November 20th & 22nd. The programme consists of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition,...

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“Wit’s interpretative powers – he conducted everything except the concerto from memory – were best of all illustrated in his searing account of Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony, much more profound than the switched-on angst usually offered in London performances of this music.”

The Telegraph - Aug 2013

“In his final concert as artistic director, Antoni Wit conducted dazzling Lutosławski and exquisite Andrzej Panufnik...  Unlike some conductors who strive for a sense of stasis at the start,  [In Shostakovitch's Sixth Symphony] Wit pushed the Largo onwards with urgency. The finale was edge-of-your seat stuff. Very fine.”

The Guardian - Aug 2013

“this is one of the more inclusive recordings of Brahms’s choral-orchestral works. To that I would add it is also one of the most fantastic I’m able to cite. I’ve already given the highest marks to Ewa Wolak for her performance of the Alto Rhapsody, and I’ve hinted at just how good the Warsaw Choir is in its polished singing in Nänie. But the Warsaw Philharmonic is equally magnificent and Antoni Wit cuts right to the bone of every one of these works. I would recommend this release as an urgent purchase…”

'Fanfare (Brahms Choral works (Naxos) - Warsaw Choir and Warsaw Philharmonic)' - Jul 2012

“Antoni Wit is unquestionably one of the great, unsung conductors currently working, and he has a terrific orchestra at his disposal. What a difference a sympathetic performance makes in the case of the "Rebirth" Symphony. In Wit's hands the piece unfolds with a purposeful sense of drama. If you want this music, this is the disc to get.”

Classics Today (KARLOWICZ "Rebirth" Symphony CD review) - May 2011

“The evening then gave space to the unconventional Symphony No. 4 by Schumann which shows his eternal remark to the profound depths of the human soul: Wit has caught to perfection the feeling of agitation, emphasizing the idea of earthquake in the first movement and showing subtlety and emotion in Romanza e Scherzo, as if without a parachute. But the landing is soft, and the sound of the orchestra is solid. The audience was delighted. It was a wonderful evening.”

La Gazzetta Del Mezzogiorno (Filarmonica della Scala) - Sep 2010

“... this is a phenomenal recording that ranks alongside the best.”

The Guardian (Strauss/Alpine Symphony Staatskapelle Weimar (Naxos))

“ ...when Antoni Wit and his forces are in top form, they’re pretty much unbeatable.... Wit typically directs with remarkable clarity as well as power – A splendid release!”

Classics Today (SZYMANOWSKI: Symphonies Nos.1 & 4 – Antoni Wit/ Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (Naxos)) - Mar 2009

“The rich, handsomely blended sound of the Warsaw strings immediately indicated that the orchestra had nothing to fear from the hall’s acoustics. Mr Wit affectionately moulded and shaped phrases. .. [his] deeply satisfying account benefited from warm, mellow strings and robust brass. A rousing response from the audience drew three encores.”

The New York Times - Nov 2008

“The music making is smooth and natural, emerging with a burnished elegance.”

The Washington Post - Nov 2008

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Antoni Wit is one of the most highly regarded Polish conductors and a champion of Polish music. A top prize winner at the Herbert von Karajan International Conducting Competition in 1971 and an assistant to Herbert von Karajan at the Easter Festival in Salzburg, he subsequently worked with all of the leading orchestras in Poland before taking up the position of General and Artistic Director at the Warsaw Philharmonic in 2001 for twelve years until the end of the 12/13 season.

He is currently Music Director of the Orchestra di Navarra in Spain and Conductor Laureate of the Krakow Philharmonic in Poland.

Antoni Wit has enjoyed an international career with major orchestras throughout Europe, America and the Far East. Past highlights have comprised Dresden Philharmonic, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Filarmonica della Scala as well as Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, China Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, the Philharmonia and the BBC Symphony orchestras.

Six times Grammy Award nominated, Antoni Wit has made over one hundred and fifty recordings for EMI, Sony and Naxos. He has sold close to 5 million records on Naxos including an acclaimed release of Prokofiev’s piano concertos with Kun Woo Paik, awarded the Diapason d'Or and Grand Prix de la Nouvelle Académie du disque. He was bestowed the award of EMI “Record of the Year” in 1985 for his recording of Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater and in January 2002 he was awarded the Cannes Classical Award for his recording of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie. More recently, the first two CD’s from his series of complete works by Szymanowski were picked as the Gramophone “Editor's Choice” and the subsequent two recordings were awarded the BBC Music Magazine’s “Editor's Choice”. His first DVD release on ICA Classics label was awarded ‘Editor’s Choice/DVD of the Month’ by Gramophone magazine. The DVD features Szymanowski’s Third and Fourth Symphonies conducted by Antoni Wit with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2012 Antoni Wit’s world premiere recording of Gorecki’s Concerto-Cantata with Warsaw Philharmonic and Naxos received a Choc Award. His recording of Penderecki’s Fonogrammi, Horn Concerto, Partita, The Awakening of Jacob and Anaklasis on Naxos received a Grammy Award in 2013.

Recent and future orchestral engagements include concerts with Berliner Philharmoniker, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Weimar Staatskapelle, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome, Prague Radio Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, Casa de Musica Porto, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Taiwan National Symphony, NCPA Orchestra Beijing, Danish Radio Symphony, BBC Symphony, Dresden Staatskappelle and the Cleveland Orchestra.

 

May 2015