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.

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 ...

Jacek Kaspszyk conducts special concert to mark 150th Anniversary of Strauss

21 Nov 2014

2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss, and to mark this occassion Jacek Kaspszyk will lead the Warsaw Philharmonic in a special concert version of Ariadne auf Naxos on...

Jacek Kaspszyk conducts Opening Concerts for Warsaw Philhrmonic Orchestra 14/15 Season

03 Oct 2014

As Music Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic orchestra, Jacek Kaspszyk will conduct the 14/15 season opening concerts in Warsaw Philharmonic Hall on 3 and 4 October 2014. In these celebratory...

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...

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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.” - 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.” - 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 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.

February 2015