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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 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.
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...
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,...
24 Sep 2014
Antoni Wit will be interviewed by Petroc Trelawny in BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters this week. The programme marks the centenary of Andrzej Panufnik, Radio 3’s composer of the week...
19 Sep 2014
Antoni Wit makes his début with the Staatskapelle Dresden in a series of concerts on September 28th, 29th and 30th. He will conduct Messiaen's...
04 Sep 2014
Antoni Wit opens his second season as principal conductor and artistic director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra next week with 2 concerts on Sept 11th and 12th in...
06 May 2014
Antoni Wit will return to Strasbourg on May 8th and 9th to conduct the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, with soloist Nikolaï Demidenko, in a programme...
02 Apr 2014
Antoni Wit conducts Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife Antoni Wit visits Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife this week for a concert on Friday 4 April at Auditorium Tenerife. The performance marks Wit's...
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...
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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