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Music Director, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra Pablo Sarasate
Honorary Conductor, Cracow Philharmonic
Antoni Wit works with leading orchestras worldwide including the Dresden Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic, La Scala Milan, NHK Tokyo, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, New Zealand Symphony and the Berlin Philharmonic. In his mid-sixties, he is a widely recognised musician with a distinguished conducting style typical of a Central European maestro. Antoni Wit is particularly renowned for his comprehensive recordings of Polish music - in particular Szymanowski, Karłowicz and Lutosławski - as well as Mahler and Strauss, which he has recorded for EMI, Sony and Naxos. He is a great communicator with an exceptional attention to detail in a wide-ranging repertoire
31 Jan 2014
Antoni Wit will celebrate his 70th birthday conducting two special concerts with the Warsaw Philharmonic. Read more......
22 Jan 2014
Antoni Wit returns to Orchestre Philharmonique de Liege having first made his debut in December 2011. He will conduct the orchestra in a programme of Szymanowski’s Symphony No.2 and...
19 Nov 2013
Antoni Wit will return to the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome to conduct three concerts on November 23, 25 and 26. Read more...
08 Nov 2013
Maestro Antoni Wit will conduct the Zagreb Philharmonic in a programme of works by Kilar, Chopin and Lutoslawski on Friday 8th...
29 Oct 2013
Antoni Wit is the new Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra Pablo Sarasate for the next three seasons. Read more...
16 Sep 2013
Fresh from his triumphant debut at the BBC Proms in London last month, Antoni Wit is headed to Berlin to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra this week. He will be conducting three...
28 Aug 2013
Antoni Wit's debut Prom has received high praise from the leading UK press - with the guardian describing the concert as 'Dazzling' and 'Exquisite'. Read the full review...
29 Jul 2013
Antoni Wit will return to London with the Warsaw Philharmonic this summer for a performance at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms.
16 Jul 2013
Antoni Wit returns to Ochestre National de Lyon this July for concerts at the Festival International de Piano de la Roque d'Anthéron, performing an all Beethoven programme on 21st July and Dvorak’...
19 Apr 2013
Antoni Wit travels to Kuala Lumpur next week for his long awaited return to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.....
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. He held the post of General and Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic for twelve years until the end of the 12/13 season.
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.
Antoni Wit has enjoyed an international career with major orchestras throughout Europe, America and the Far East. Past highlights have comprised, Dresden Staatskapelle, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia as well as Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, China Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, the Philharmonia and the BBC Symphony orchestras.
Recent and future orchestral engagements include Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart and Berliner Philharmoniker, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Prague Radio Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre National de Belgique.
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 records from his series of complete works by Szymanowski were picked as the Gramophone “Editor's Choice” and subsequent two records were awarded the BBC Music Magazine’s “Editor's Choice”. His first DVD release on the ICA Classics label was awarded the ‘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 last year.
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