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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 200 recordings for EMI, Sony and Naxos, receiving EMI Record of the Year, Diapason d’Or, Midem Classique, 7 Grammy nominations 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. He was awarded the French Légion d’Honneur in 2015.
10 Jun 2016
On 18 June at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Maestro Wit will once again conduct the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), this time in an all-Russian programme. Stepping in at short notice to...
06 Apr 2016
Maestro Antoni Wit will conduct the Cleveland Orchestra for the first time on 21 April at Cleveland’s Severance Hall. Joined by pianist Jan Lisiecki for Chopin's Piano Concerto...
03 Mar 2016
Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra are joined by two ICA artists this month. Antoni Wit, Music Director since 2013, conducts the orchestra who are joined by Peter Jablonski as the...
14 Feb 2016
Antoni Wit makes his debut with two orchestras in the coming weeks. First of all, on 18 February, he joins the...
08 Jan 2016
Antoni Wit returns to Spain to conduct the Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España in three performances of Penderecki's monumental work for soloists, mixed chorus and orchestra, Polish Requiem,...
08 Dec 2015
Antoni Wit returns to the...
06 Oct 2015
Antoni Wit returns to Trondheim, Barcelona and Bern for a series of concerts in October and November. He begins with 2 performances of Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Shostakovich...
24 Sep 2015
Antoni Wit makes his début with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a special celebratory concert of works by Górecki, featuring the UK premiere of the late composer's Kyrie (2005), with the BBC...
07 Sep 2015
Antoni Wit opens the 2015-16 season of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, of which he is Principal Conductor and Artistic Director, on September 17th/18th . The theme of the orchestra’s...
31 Jul 2015
Antoni Wit returns to Japan in August to conduct three concerts. In Takasaki City on August 16th he conducts the Gunma Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, Mozart...
The Telegraph - Aug 2013
The Guardian - Aug 2013
'Fanfare (Brahms Choral works (Naxos) - Warsaw Choir and Warsaw Philharmonic)' - Jul 2012
Classics Today (KARLOWICZ "Rebirth" Symphony CD review) - May 2011
La Gazzetta Del Mezzogiorno (Filarmonica della Scala) - Sep 2010
The Guardian (Strauss/Alpine Symphony Staatskapelle Weimar (Naxos))
Classics Today (SZYMANOWSKI: Symphonies Nos.1 & 4 – Antoni Wit/ Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (Naxos)) - Mar 2009
The New York Times - Nov 2008
The Washington Post - Nov 2008
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 was awarded the French Légion d'honneur in 2015.
He has enjoyed an international career with major orchestras throughout Europe, America and the Far East. Past highlights have included Dresden Philharmonic, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, China Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, the Philharmonia and the BBC Symphony orchestras.
Seven times Grammy Award nominated, Antoni Wit has made over two hundred recordings for EMI, Sony and Naxos. He has sold over five million records on Naxos, including an acclaimed release of Prokofiev’s piano concertos with Kun Woo Paik, and was awarded the Diapason d'Or and Grand Prix de la Nouvelle Académie du Disque. He received the award of EMI “Record of the Year” in 1985 for his recording of Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater and in January 2002 he was given the Cannes Classical Award for his recording of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie. More recently, the first two CDs 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 the 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 the 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, Nagoya Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, NDR Hannover, Taiwan National Symphony, NCPA Orchestra Beijing, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle and the Cleveland Orchestra.
Released January 2012 by Naxos
Released by Naxos
Superbly filmed for Polish Television, Antoni Wit’s performances of Szymanowski’s Third and Fourth Symphonies embody the distinguished and idiomatic conducting style for which he is widely recognised. An outstanding communicator, Wit exhibits exceptional attention to detail in his rendition of these two great works with his own orchestra and choir. The recording also benefits from DTS 5.1 surround sound.
Released on ICA Classics, February 2011
Released by Naxos March 2011
Antoni Wit is a profoundly idiomatic Schumann conductor,presenting his credentials in a superb account of the overture,and bringing the same dramatic sweep to all the choral numbers that follow. **** -The Guardian 18/02/11
Released by Naxos Jan 2011
Released on Naxos, May 2006
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Jan Krzysztof Broja (piano)
Released on Naxos, 2009