Conductor

Jacek Kaspszyk


Artistic Director, Warsaw Philharmonic 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 Kaspzyk 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, joining distinguished colleagues like Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrew Litton and Leonard Slatkin.

Jacek Kaspszyk closes Warsaw Philharmonic season in style

29 May 2014

Jacek Kaspszyk will conduct the Warsaw Philharmonic in two celebratory concerts to mark the end of his first, highly successful season as Artistic Director.

The concerts will take place at...

Jacek Kaspszyk leads the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra in a Centenary Celebration of works by Andrzej Panufnik

14 Feb 2014

Sir Andrzej Panufnik’s centenary is celebrated in Warsaw by Jacek Kaspszyk and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra who are joined by many distinguished orchestras worldwide in performances during...

Jacek Kaspszyk is voted Personality of the Year by the Gazeta Warsaw

03 Feb 2014

Maestro Kaspszyk, Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra from the beginning of the 2013/2014 season, has presented an exciting range of programmes to enthusiastic audiences at the...

Jacek Kaspszyk and the Warsaw Philharmonic celebrate works by Wojeich Kilar, Krzysztof Meyer and Antonín Dvořák

16 Jan 2014

Another innovative programme is presented by  M. Jacek Kaspszyk at the Philharmonic Hall celebrating works by Wojeich Kilar, Krzysztof Meyer and Antonín Dvořák.

The concert on Friday...

Jacek Kaspszyk leads the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra in New Year's Eve La traviata

20 Dec 2013

Maestro Jacek Kaspszyk lead the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus plus a starry array of soloists in a concert version of Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata. A special operatic treat...

Jacek Kaspszyk conducts Beethoven Festival’s Penderecki Celebration concert

18 Nov 2013

Krzysztof Penderecki‘s Seven Gates of Jerusalem is the featured work in this concert with Jacek Kaspszyk leading the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Choir,  five soloists and narrator on 21...

Jacek Kaspszyk highlights Mahler Symphony No 2 with the Warsaw Philharmonic

24 Oct 2013

Jacek Kaspszyk highlights Mahler Symphony No 2 in the Warsaw Philharmonic concert programmes of 25 and 26 October 2013.

Known as the Resurrection Symphony, it is  Mahler’s...

Jacek Kaspszyk and the Warsaw Philharmonic at the Warsaw Autumn Festival

19 Sep 2013

The prestigious Warsaw Autumn Festival provides a musical feast on Sunday 22 September when Krystian Zimerman with the Warsaw Philharmonic, conducted by their new Artistic Director, Jacek Kaspszyk...

Jacek Kaspszyk becomes Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic

03 Sep 2013

Jacek Kaspszyk marked the start of his tenure as Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic on September 1, 2013 with a exhilarating performance of Verdi’s Requiem.  A joint...

Jacek Kaspszyk in Warsaw

28 Aug 2013

Jacek Kaspszyk continued his presence at the Chopin and his Europe Festival with a wonderful concert on Wednesday 28 August...

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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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From season 13/14, award winning conductor Jacek Kaspszyk becomes Artistic Director of the prestigious Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.

Recent symphonic engagements range from his return to Vienna Symphony Orchestra at the Bregenz Festival as well as appearing at major summer Festivals such as La Roque d’Antheron and Lugano Festival with Martha Argerich.  He enjoyed a return to the USA with his own orchestra, NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic and pianist Garrick Ohlsson, recently completing a successful coast to coast tour. He conducts regularly in the Far East, most recently working with China Philharmonic, Shanghai  and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras and returning to the Far East last season for another successful concert with the Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Stephen Kovacevich and his 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 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.

Since his early success at the renowned Karajan competition, award winning conductor Jacek Kaspszyk has conducted many of the major orchestras throughout the world such as 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.

He has been Artistic Director of the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic since 2006 and until recently was also Music Director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. He led the Polish National Opera for many years during one of the most successful periods in their history and was also a former Principal Conductor and Music Advisor of the Nord Nederlands Orkest.  M. Kaspszyk continues his long association with Sinfonia Varsovia in Warsaw, with whom he appears regularly at Festivals throughout Europe.

Highly regarded in the field of opera, Jacek Kaspszyk was General and Artistic Director of the Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera -  from 2002.   Under Kaspszyk's tenure the company enjoyed not only huge success at home, but also won international recognition with acclaimed performances at such venues as the Beijing Festival, the Bolshoi in Moscow, Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, Hong Kong Arts Festival and Perolada Festival in Spain, as well as during three highly successful tours of Japan.   In addition to his tenure at Polish National Opera  M. Kaspszyk has conducted productions in Lyon, Bordeaux, Opéra Comique, Royal Stockholm, English National, Opera North, Scottish Opera and Detroit Opera, USA. Lithuanian National Opera (2006-8) with major productions of Salome and Die Walküre which were also programmed at festivals in Ljubljana and Ravenna.  He has conducted Onegin at the Teatro di Maestranza in Sevilla, Salome in both Scandinavia (Bergen) and Tel Aviv and performed at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.

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”.  He enjoys a regular collaboration with Martha Argerich, conducting at the annual Progetto Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano and their Mozart recording for EMI (2012) featured went in at number 2 in the Classical Charts. The two artists also feature together on a 2010 EMI Classics Chopin CD.   Jacek Kaspszyk also works with pianist Ingrid Jacoby, most recently in a Beethoven project of recordings and concerts.

Recordings with the Polish National Opera include Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor (EMI Classics) awarded with a Platinum Disc, Penderecki’s Ubu Rex (CD Accord) and Szymanowski’s King Roger (CD Accord), which was nominated for ‘Record of the Year’ by BBC Music Magazine and highly praised by Gramophone magazine whose critic wrote of Kaspszyk “in all, even the tiniest details, he managed to achieve absolutely everything”.

Further acclaimed recording include an award-winning recording of Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino with the Polish Chamber Opera and the Edison Prize-awarded recording of Baird’s Concerto Lugubre with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as several acclaimed recordings for Collins Classics with all four London orchestras, including Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition, Mahler’s Symphony No 1, and R. Strauss’s Also Spracht Zarathustra (London Symphony), Rachmaninov’s Symphony No 2 and Verdi’s Opera Overtures (Philharmonia), works by J. Strauss and Schubert’s Symphonies No 5 & 8 (LPO) and Puccini’s Interludes (Royal Philharmonic).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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