Conductor

Jacek Kaspszyk


Artistic Director, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Artistic Director / Chief Conductor, Beethoven Academy Orchestra


Since his success at the Karajan competition, award winning conductor Jacek Kaspszyk has conducted many international orchestras, including the Bayerische Rundfunk, RSO Berlin, Orchestre Nationale de France, Wiener Symphoniker, Oslo, Stockholm, Rotterdam and Prague Philharmonics as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Jacek Kaspszyk is Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra since Sept 2013. Other major positions have included, Music Director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra; Principal Conductor and Music Advisor of the Nord Nederlands Orkest as well as leading the Polish National Opera for many successful years. Jacek Kaspszyk recently received the prestigious Elgar Medal.

Jacek Kaspszyk to perform at the inaugural concert of the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw

02 Sep 2015

Jacek Kaspszyk will be conducting the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra on September 4th at the ...

Jacek Kaspszyk returns to Lugano and Kissinger Sommer Festivals

30 Jun 2015

Jacek Kaspszyk returned to Lugano Festival to conduct the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana in an exciting program...

Jacek Kaspszyk returns to China

12 Jun 2015

Following a highly successful performance with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Jacek Kaspszyk will be conducting the China Philharmonic Orchestra on 13 June and the Symphony Orchestra of...

In Tune with Jacek Kaspszyk on BBC Radio 3

15 May 2015

Listen to Jacek Kaspszyk on BBC Radio 3. Taking a one day break from his successful UK tour with Warsaw Philharmonic, the...

Jacek Kaspszyk leads the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra on 12 date UK tour

08 May 2015

Highly acclaimed Polish conductor Jacek Kaspszyk and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra embark on a tour from 9 – 22 May, joined by renowned soloists and choirs. Their appearances, which will take...

Jacek Kaspszyk receives unanimous praise from German press

01 Apr 2015

Renowned conductor Jacek Kaspszyk has received critical acclaim for his musical direction of the Staatstheater Nürnberg’s recent production of Karol Szymanowski’s opera King Roger.
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Jacek Kaspszyk conducts King Roger at Oper Nürnberg

11 Mar 2015

On Saturday 14 March 2015, Jacek Kaspszyk conducts the opening night of Szymanowski’s opera King Roger at Oper Nürnberg. Szymanowski’s only opera, King Roger serves to bring the...

Mahler Symphony No.8 success for Jacek Kaspszyk and the NOSPR.

16 Feb 2015

On Friday 13 March 2015, Jacek Kaspszyk conducted the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR), Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, Cracow Philharmonic Chorus, and Warsaw Boys Choir in a...

Jacek Kaspszyk conducts in the 'Multiculturalism Does Not Work' project

20 Jan 2015

Renowned Polish conductor, Jacek Kaspszyk, is conducting the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and then the Beethoven Academy Orchestra as part of the ‘Multiculturalism Does Not Work?’ project....

Jacek Kaspszyk and Warsaw Philharmonic release new Weinberg CD

01 Dec 2014

The CD entitled Warsaw Philharmonic: Weinberg Symphony No. 4 & Violin Concerto, released on 24th November 2014, inaugurates the new CD series Warsaw Philharmonic ...

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“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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Jacek Kaspszyk is Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. Highlights this season include conducting Schönberg’s Gurelieder in the season opening concert in Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, an extensive tour of the UK in May as well as busy schedule of subscription concerts with the orchestra throughout the year and performing at key festival such as Bad Kissingen.

Since January 2015 he is also Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Beethoven Academy Orchestra.

Since his early success at the renowned Karajan competition, Jacek Kaspszyk has conducted at major orchestra throughout the world including Berlin Philharmonic, Bayerischer Rundfunk, RSO Berlin, Orchestra de Paris, Vienna Symphony, Royal Stockholm, Oslo Philharmonic, Danish National Radio Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, with whom he toured Australia.  He has worked with all the major London orchestras, BBC Orchestras and at the BBC Proms, Royal Scottish, Royal Liverpool, Hallé and the Orchestra of Opera North.

Future highlights this season include a return to China, conducting the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Philharmonic Orchestra and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in repertoire including Brahms’ Symphony No.4  and Bartok’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle. In Opera – Jacek Kaspszyk will conduct Szymanowski’s King Roger at the Staatstheater Nurnberg in March and April 2015.

Other recent symphonic engagements include a return to Vienna Symphony Orchestra at the Bregenz Festival as well as regularly appearing at major summer Festivals such as La Roque d’Antheron and Lugano Festival with Martha Argerich a US tour with NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic and pianist Garrick Ohlsson and  conducting regularly in the Far East, most recently working with China Philharmonic, Shanghai  and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras, with the Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Stephen Kovacevich and a highly successful debut with the KBS Symphony Orchestra. Other recent highlights include Opera North for concerts in the UK and an extensive tour of the UK with National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and a televised David Pountney production of Szymanowski's King Roger with Polish National Opera - part of the high-profile European Presidency celebrations in 2011. 

Jacek Kaspszyk has held numerous high-profile positions in the past including as Artistic Director of the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic, Music Director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Opera and Principal Conductor and Music Advisor of the Nord Nederlands Orkest. 

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. The album has been described as “An important and magnificent release that gives us the best sound the composer has ever had”. Further works in this series are currently being recorded.  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.

September 2015