Conductor

Antoni Wit


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

Antoni Wit conducts Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife

02 Apr 2014

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Happy Birthday Maestro Wit!

31 Jan 2014

Antoni Wit will celebrate his 70th birthday conducting two special concerts with the Warsaw Philharmonic. Read more......

Antoni Wit returns to Orchestre Philharmonique de Liege

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...

Antoni Wit steps in for Abbado in Rome

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...

Antoni Wit in Zagreb and Trondheim

08 Nov 2013

Maestro Antoni Wit will conduct the Zagreb Philharmonic in a programme of works by Kilar, Chopin and Lutoslawski on Friday 8th...

Antoni Wit is the new Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra Pablo Sarasate

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...

Antoni Wit returns to the Berlin Philharmonic

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...

'Dazzling' and 'Exquisite' - Antoni Wit and Warsaw Philharmonic and the BBC Proms

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...

Antoni Wit celebrates 12 years as Music Director of Warsaw Phil with performance at the BBC Proms

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.

Antoni Wit at La Roque with the Orchestre National de Lyon

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’...

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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. 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.

April 2014