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 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 ...

Jacek Kaspszyk debuts with Aalborg Symphony Orchestra joined by Daniel Ottensamer

10 Feb 2016

Jacek Kaspszyk, musical and artistic director of the Warsaw Philharmonic and one of the most prominent Polish conductors, guests for the first time with...

Jacek Kaspszyk tours Japan and South Korea with Warsaw Philharmonic

12 Jan 2016

Jacek Kaspszyk, Music and Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic, embarks on a 9 concert tour of Japan and South Korea...

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...

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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 the inaugural concert at the Chopin competition in Warsaw Philharmonic Hall featuring Martha Argerich, an extensive tour of Germany in October as well as further tours in China, Taiwan and Japan, a busy schedule of subscription concerts with the orchestra throughout the year and performing at key festivals such as the Prague Spring Festival and the Chopin and his Europe Festival among others. 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 the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as well as a debut with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Other recent symphonic engagements include a 12 concert tour in the UK with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir as well as regularly appearing at major summer Festivals such as La Roque d’Antheron, the Kissinger Sommer conducting the Muenchener Rundfunkorcherster and the Lugano Festival performing with Martha Argerich among other prominent soloists. Jacek Kaspszyk conducts regularly in the Far East -  most recently working with China Philharmonic, Shanghai  and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras in repertoire including Brahms’ Symphony No.4  and Bartok’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle. Other recent highlights include a highly successful debut at the Staatstheater Nurnberg conducting Szymanowski’s King Roger as well as numerous concerts with NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic.

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.

May 2016