Conductor

Jacek Kaspszyk


Music & Artistic Director, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Music Director & Chief Conductor, Beethoven Academy Orchestra


Jacek Kaspszyk has previously held positions as Artistic Director of the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic, Music Director of the Polish National Radio Symphony and the Polish National Opera. In the 2016/17 season, he takes Warsaw Philharmonic on a US tour, including New York’s Alice Tully Hall and San Francisco’s Davies Hall. Guest conducting includes concerts with Yomiuri Nippon and Lahti Symphony Orchestras, as well as a debut with the Symphony Orchestra of India. In 2017 he will return to China Philharmonic, Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras with works by Szymanowski and Lutoslawski. Since his early success at the Karajan Conducting Competition, Jacek Kaspszyk has conducted major orchestras throughout the world including Berlin Philharmonic, Bayerischer Rundfunk, RSO Berlin, Orchestra de Paris, Vienna Symphony, Rotterdam and Czech Philharmonics, and all major UK orchestras.

Jacek Kaspszyk and Alena Baeva appear at the White Nights Festival

10 Jul 2017

The highly esteemed conductor Jacek Kaspszyk and violinist Alena Baeva will appear together at the White Nights Festival to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major. The three-month...

Jacek Kaspszyk conducts the Orquestra de València at Palau de la Musica

19 May 2017

Jacek Kaspszyk will lead the Orquestra de València and the renowned Spanish cellist Damián Martínez at the city’s iconic Palau de la Musica, which is currently celebrating its 30th...

Jacek Kaspszyk returns to China

27 Mar 2017

Jacek Kaspszyk revisits China on a tour that will see him conduct China Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall on...

Jacek Kaspszyk to conduct the Lahti Symphony Orchestra

06 Mar 2017

Jacek Kaspszyk will travel to Finland for two performances with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra. The first concert will take place in Hämeenlinna on 15 March and the second in Lahti Symphony...

Jacek Kaspszyk embarks on US tour with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

17 Oct 2016

Conductor Jacek Kaspszyk takes the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra on tour across the United States during October and November, with a total of fourteen concerts from 21 October to 7 November,...

Jacek Kaspszyk returns to the Chopin and his Europe Festival

26 Aug 2016

On 30 August, Jacek Kaspszyk conducts the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Beatrice Rana at the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, as part of the Chopin and his Europe festival. The programme...

Jacek Kaspszyk leads the Beethoven Academy Orchestra at the Istanbul Music Festival

13 Jun 2016

Jacek Kaspszyk will conduct the Beethoven Academy Orchestra in two performances at the 44th Istanbul Music Festival in the İş Sanat Concert Hall. Firstly, on...

Jacek Kaspszyk leads Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and Prague Radio Symphony

04 May 2016

At the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín on 13 May, Jacek Kaspszyk conducts Orquesta...

Jacek Kaspszyk leads the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

17 Apr 2016

On 27 April, Jacek Kaspszyk will conduct the first of two concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at ...

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“Conductor Jacek Kaspszyk managed to release energies out of Sinfonia Lahti, that you do not often hear. […] He created an atmosphere, which results from great musicality and understanding [and] enhanced the rich and colourful chord structure in a very spontaneous and natural way, whilst also maintaining a balanced sound in the climaxes.”

Etelä-Suomen Sanomat - Mar 2017

“Jacek Kaspszyk lets loose the considerable forces of the Warsaw Philharmonic on three of Karol Szymanowski’s vocal works. The Stabat Mater, fragrant with incense, finely balances liturgical stateliness with a cathartic emotional tug (Szymanowski was mourning his young niece). Inflections of Polish folk music, glancing memories of north African travels – all are vividly conjured up by Kaspszyk and his players.”

The Guardian - May 2017

“[…]The two big works on the Warsaw Philharmonic’s album [Stabat Mater and Symphony No. 3], lovingly shaped by the veteran Polish conductor Jacek Kaspszyk, show very different sides of Szymanowski’s creativity.”

The Times - May 2017

“There was no denying the vibrancy and flair of the orchestra’s playing under Music Director Jacek Kaspszyk […] After intermission, Kaspszyk led a performance of Brahms’ First Symphony that was at once robust and refined. It boasted plenty of rhythmic momentum in the opening movement (where Kaspszyk won my heart by taking the repeat, always the sign of a conductor who knows his trade), as well as gracefully translucent textures in the slow movement. The encore was a brisk and vividly coloured account of Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” Overture — a surprising and frankly flattering tribute from a touring orchestra to its host country. It was a delightful close to an all-around rewarding evening.”

San Francisco Chronicle - Nov 2016

“Under the baton of long-time music director Jacek Kaspszyk, the musicians proved themselves as dynamically sensitive as Cho in the Chopin concerto, and they got unexpected vibrancy out of the work’s humdrum orchestration […] Kaspszyk ’s beat is large and demonstrative, yet he got precise responses from his group.”

The Orange County Register - Nov 2016

“Though the Weinberg revival began in the 1960s, Kaspszyk can be credited with doing his part: in 2013, one of his first acts as the Philharmonic’s new music director was to record Weinberg’s Symphony No. 4, which he and the musicians turned into this evening’s exuberant conclusion. What was evident from the beginning, …was the finesse of the orchestra’s strings, and the ability of the group to shrink its utterances to a whisper. With most of the sold-out audience on its feet, Kaspszyk returned for a swaggering encore: the insouciant, extravagantly orchestrated Mazurka from Weinberg’s Polish Melodies, which made the most of the orchestra’s gritty power.”

New York Classical review - Sep 2016

“Schubert's Third Symphony was pure magic in Kaspszyk's hands…it never lost sight for one moment of the quintessential melodiousness that is the composer's hallmark. But to the Poles' light-footed and well-sprung presentation, Kaspszyk added another ingredient: Beethovenian weight, and not just with the six double basses or in the hefty slow introduction. It gave the symphony an unusual solidity, firming up the delight. Their Beethoven Nine was extraordinarily fresh…Kaspszyk's pacey tempos were thrilling and exhilarating: the development section in the first movement seethed and went like the wind; in the pounding Scherzo I almost ducked as the rhythms flew off the page like bullets. The slow movement sang as it always does, with not one ounce of drag; and the fantastic, searing performance of the finale…felt like being there as the music was born. I found the whole thing totally cathartic.”

The Herald Scotland - Nov 2016

“Sunday night was full of wonderful surprises. Not only thanks to Krystian Zimmerman, but also to the National Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Jacek Kaspszyk (the new MD of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra) a partnership already showing a pleasing change... Then to the Lutoslawski Symphony where the conductor led the Orchestra in a performance of precise proportions, colours and symphonic flourish.”

www.rp.pl - Warsaw Autumn Festival - Sep 2013

“Schubert’s Symphony 9 unfolded with melancholy magnificence and a responsive orchestra allowed Kaspszyk to stamp real character on the third movement’s dances. This programme would have been incomplete without something Polish and it was good to hear Kaspszyk recently announced as the Warsaw Philharmonic’s next chief conductor Szymanowski’s Concert Overture. It’s easy to overlook this work’s contrapuntal mastery in favour of its rich textures but the conductor and orchestra gave us both.”

The Sunday Telegraph - Mar 2013

“(‘Bernstein’s Candide Overture) _ ‘A real tour-de-force, energy pours from the stage, setting an extremely high precedent for the night to come. …The Szymanowski Concert Overture maintains energy levels but with an entirely different atmosphere…. Kaspszyk shows his experience maintaining complete control through effortless minimal movements, small gestures and expressions showing the mood of the piece. The orchestra responds to this with alacrity, displaying trust in his interpretation and style. The result: a passionate and evocative performance full of colour and character.... Impressively, Kaspszyk conducts scoreless, adding to the intensity of the performance and making for a natural musical experience.”

www.goldenplec.com - Feb 2013

“"Jacek Kaspszyk led the whole ensemble in a masterly fashion, intelligently placing the many climaxes emotions and passions of the work"”

Gazeta Wyborcza (Review: Szymanowski 'King Roger', Polish National Opera) - Jul 2011

“An excellent orchestra and a well considered programme make for a treat Jacek Kaspszyk obviously has great affection for both scores and presents all this music with elan.”

Gramophone Magazine (Review Richard Strauss Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and Stravinsky Pulcinella / Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra) - Jun 2011

“An important and magnificent release that gives is the best sound the composer has ever had... Conductor Kaspszyk and orchestra have as much tradition and experience with the work as anyone in the world.”

Audiophile Audition (Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 2 and Symphony No. 4 CD review) - Jun 2011

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The eminent Polish conductor Jacek Kaspszyk has been Music and Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra since the 2013/14 season. One of Poland’s foremost conductors, he has previously held positions as Artistic Director of the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic, Music Director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and of the Polish National Opera. Further afield, he has been Principal Conductor and Music Advisor of the Nord Nederlands Orkest from 1991 to 1995. Since January 2015 he is also Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Beethoven Academy Orchestra in Krakow.

Since his early success at the Karajan Conducting Competition in Berlin in 1977, Jacek Kaspszyk has conducted many major orchestras throughout the world including Berlin Philharmonic, Bayerischer Rundfunk, RSO Berlin, Orchestra de Paris, Vienna Symphony, the Oslo, Stockholm, Rotterdam and Czech Philharmonics, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, with whom he toured Australia. He has worked with all the major London orchestras, the BBC Orchestras (including at the BBC Proms), as well as the Royal Scottish National and Hallé Orchestras.

In the 2016/17 season, he takes the Warsaw Philharmonic to the USA for a 14-concert tour including concerts in New York’s Alice Tully Hall and San Francisco’s Davies Hall. His guest conducting includes concerts with Yomiuri Nippon and Lahti Symphony Orchestras as well as his debut with the Symphony Orchestra of India. He enjoys a regular relationship with the China Philharmonic, Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras and will return to China for concerts with all three orchestras in April 2017, in repertoire including works by Szymanowski and Lutoslawski.

Some recent highlights include extensive tours of Germany and the UK with Warsaw Philharmonic. They have also toured China, Taiwan and Japan last season. Kaspszyk regularly appears at major summer Festivals such as La Roque d’Anthéron, Chopin and his Europe, Kissinger Sommer and the Lugano Festival. He has also recently conducted the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Prague Spring Festival, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife as well as the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra. In April 2016, he returned to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, conducting a programme of Szymanowski and Schoenberg’s arrangement of Brahms’ String Quartet op. 25, and has immediately been reinvited to return to Liverpool for October 2017.

In opera, Kaspszyk has worked at renowned opera houses including the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Opéra Comique in Paris, Opéras de Lyon and Bordeaux, English National Opera, Zurich Opera, and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. He has also worked with the Lithuanian National Opera, whose acclaimed productions of Strauss’ Salome and Wagner’s Die Walküre he has conducted at festivals in Ljubljana and Ravenna and at the Israeli Opera Tel Aviv. Most recently, he has conducted Szymanowski’s King Roger at the Staatstheater Nürnberg in an acclaimed new production.

Jacek Kaspszyk is widely represented on CD; His recording of Lutoslawski’s Symphonies No 2 & 4 with the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic received the 2011 Fryderyk award for the category: Album of the Year, Symphonic and Concert Music. Kaspszyk has also made a groundbreaking recording of Szymanowski’s King Roger with Polish National Opera. He enjoys a regular collaboration with Martha Argerich, conducting at the annual Progetto Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano and their Mozart performance on EMI (2012) featured at number 2 in the Classical Charts. The two artists also feature on a 2010 EMI Classics Chopin CD.

Jacek Kaspszyk recently received the prestigious Elgar Medal in recognition of his many fine performances of Elgar's works, joining distinguished colleagues like Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrew Litton and Leonard Slatkin. Following an all Lutoslawski programme for the Warsaw Autumn Festival in October 2013, he was also awarded the Lutoslawski Medal.

July 2017