Conductor

Antoni Wit


Music Director, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra

Honorary Conductor, Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra


Antoni Wit is one of Poland’s most highly regarded conductors with a bold commitment to Polish music ranging from Lutosławski, Szymanowski, Karłowicz, Penderecki to Górecki and Kilar. His distinguished conducting career has featured artistic leadership at the key orchestras in Poland, as well as extensive guest-conducting in Europe, America and Asia. A prolific recording artist, he has made over 200 recordings for EMI, Sony and Naxos, receiving EMI Record of the Year, Diapason d’Or, Midem Classique, 7 Grammy nominations and a Grammy Award. Antoni Wit works with Berlin Philharmoniker, Dresden Staatskapelle, Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, China Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He was awarded the French Légion d’Honneur in 2015. 

 

 

Antoni Wit conducts in Spain and Portugal in June

06 Jun 2017

Antoni Wit returns to Pamplona to conduct three concerts with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, of which he is Musical...

Antoni Wit conducts the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra

30 Apr 2017

Antoni Wit conducts the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra in a programme of works by Franck, Schubert and Strauss on May 4th, 5th and 6th. Franck's gripping symphonic poem, Le Chasseur Maudit will...

Antoni Wit conducts the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover to mark the Reformation's 500th anniversary

07 Apr 2017

Antoni Wit conducts the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover in performances of Penderecki’s St Luke Passion, to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This powerful oratorio is...

Antoni Wit conducts in France and Japan in February

06 Feb 2017

Antoni Wit conducts in France and Japan in February. He begins with a series of five concerts in western France between 11 and 16 February, with the...

Antoni Wit returns to South Korea

23 Dec 2016

Antoni Wit returns to South Korea to conduct the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in two New Year concerts, which will take place on 4 and 5 January at the Sejong Arts Centre. The programme will...

Antoni Wit returns to the Wuppertaler Sinfonieorchester

11 Nov 2016

Antoni Wit returns to the Wuppertaler Sinfonieorchester for two concerts, with works by Wagner, Schumann and Dvořák on 13 and 14 November. The concerts open with Wagner's Rienzi Overture, followed...

Antoni Wit debuts with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra

25 Oct 2016

Following a very successful concert in Nagoya, Antoni Wit travels to Tokyo to make his debut with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, conducting an all-French programme at the Tokyo...

Antoni Wit conducts the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra

12 Oct 2016

Antoni Wit returns to Japan to conduct the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra in 2 concerts on 21 and 22 October at the Aichi Arts Center. The programme will consist of Fujikura's Rare Gravity,...

Antoni Wit Returns to National Symphony Orchestra (NSO)

10 Jun 2016

On 18 June at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Maestro Wit will once again conduct the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), this time in an all-Russian programme. Stepping in at short notice to...

Antoni Wit debuts with Cleveland Orchestra

06 Apr 2016

Maestro Antoni Wit will conduct the Cleveland Orchestra for the first time on 21 April at Cleveland’s Severance Hall. Joined by pianist Jan Lisiecki for Chopin's Piano Concerto...

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“The ‘Alpensinfonie’ delighted the Strasbourg audiences…The passionate Polish guest conductor, Antoni Wit, conducting from memory, was trembling with the excitement of Strauss’s visionary soundscape, as he powerfully brought forth all the dramatic elements of the day’s climb.  ”

Kurt Witterstätter - May 2017

“How wonderful to hear from the first very rich opening bars that Antoni Wit subscribes to the former tradition of a vigorous and emotionally engaged performance! In both the first and the second movements, the changes in light, atmospheric contrasts, opposing lyricism and darkness, and alternating revolt and despondency, are perfectly rendered.  ”

Michel LeGris, hebdoscope - May 2017

“Under the baton of Antoni Wit – so strong, so present, so engaged, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg rose to heights of virtuosity and cohesion of which one always dreams.   ”

Michel LeGris, hebdoscope - May 2017

“ The music was masterfully conducted by the Polish conductor Antoni Wit, and perfectly balanced. Antoni Wit is known here from the Musica festivals for his qualities of exactitude, and attention to form.   ”

Mark Munch - May 2017

“Conductor Antoni Wit scored two comparable hits of his own. Leading performances of Wagner's "Polonia" Overture and Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony No. 3, the esteemed Polish maestro on his Cleveland debut lived up to his reputation as a bold and creative interpreter.  ”

Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer - Apr 2016

“The conductor, Antoni Wit, who conducted the orchestra in a previous season, offered the audience a truly memorable evening.  ”

Dagmar Zschiesche, Der Westen - Nov 2016

“Wit’s interpretative powers – he conducted everything except the concerto from memory – were best of all illustrated in his searing account of Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony, much more profound than the switched-on angst usually offered in London performances of this music.”

The Telegraph - Aug 2013

“In his final concert as artistic director, Antoni Wit conducted dazzling Lutosławski and exquisite Andrzej Panufnik...  Unlike some conductors who strive for a sense of stasis at the start,  [In Shostakovitch's Sixth Symphony] Wit pushed the Largo onwards with urgency. The finale was edge-of-your seat stuff. Very fine.”

The Guardian - Aug 2013

“this is one of the more inclusive recordings of Brahms’s choral-orchestral works. To that I would add it is also one of the most fantastic I’m able to cite. I’ve already given the highest marks to Ewa Wolak for her performance of the Alto Rhapsody, and I’ve hinted at just how good the Warsaw Choir is in its polished singing in Nänie. But the Warsaw Philharmonic is equally magnificent and Antoni Wit cuts right to the bone of every one of these works. I would recommend this release as an urgent purchase…”

'Fanfare (Brahms Choral works (Naxos) - Warsaw Choir and Warsaw Philharmonic)' - Jul 2012

“Antoni Wit is unquestionably one of the great, unsung conductors currently working, and he has a terrific orchestra at his disposal. What a difference a sympathetic performance makes in the case of the "Rebirth" Symphony. In Wit's hands the piece unfolds with a purposeful sense of drama. If you want this music, this is the disc to get.”

Classics Today (KARLOWICZ "Rebirth" Symphony CD review) - May 2011

“The evening then gave space to the unconventional Symphony No. 4 by Schumann which shows his eternal remark to the profound depths of the human soul: Wit has caught to perfection the feeling of agitation, emphasizing the idea of earthquake in the first movement and showing subtlety and emotion in Romanza e Scherzo, as if without a parachute. But the landing is soft, and the sound of the orchestra is solid. The audience was delighted. It was a wonderful evening.”

La Gazzetta Del Mezzogiorno (Filarmonica della Scala) - Sep 2010

“... this is a phenomenal recording that ranks alongside the best.”

The Guardian (Strauss/Alpine Symphony Staatskapelle Weimar (Naxos))

“ ...when Antoni Wit and his forces are in top form, they’re pretty much unbeatable.... Wit typically directs with remarkable clarity as well as power – A splendid release!”

Classics Today (SZYMANOWSKI: Symphonies Nos.1 & 4 – Antoni Wit/ Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (Naxos)) - Mar 2009

“The rich, handsomely blended sound of the Warsaw strings immediately indicated that the orchestra had nothing to fear from the hall’s acoustics. Mr Wit affectionately moulded and shaped phrases. .. [his] deeply satisfying account benefited from warm, mellow strings and robust brass. A rousing response from the audience drew three encores.”

The New York Times - Nov 2008

“The music making is smooth and natural, emerging with a burnished elegance.”

The Washington Post - Nov 2008

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Antoni Wit is one of the most highly regarded Polish conductors and a champion of Polish music. A top prize winner at the Herbert von Karajan International Conducting Competition in 1971 and an assistant to Herbert von Karajan at the Easter Festival in Salzburg, he subsequently worked with all of the leading orchestras in Poland before taking up the position of General and Artistic Director at the Warsaw Philharmonic in 2001 for twelve years until the end of the 12/13 season. He is currently Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra in Spain and Conductor Laureate of the Krakow Philharmonic in Poland. Antoni Wit was awarded the French Légion d'honneur in 2015.

He has enjoyed an international career with major orchestras throughout Europe, America and the Far East. Past highlights have included the Dresden Philharmonic, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, China Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, the Philharmonia and the BBC Symphony orchestras.

Seven times Grammy Award nominated, Antoni Wit has made over two hundred recordings for EMI, Sony and Naxos. He has sold over five million records on Naxos, including an acclaimed release of Prokofiev’s piano concertos with Kun Woo Paik, and was awarded the Diapason d'Or and Grand Prix de la Nouvelle Académie du Disque. He received the award of EMI “Record of the Year” in 1985 for his recording of Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater and in January 2002 he was given the Cannes Classical Award for his recording of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie. More recently, the first two CDs from his series of complete works by Szymanowski were picked as the Gramophone “Editor's Choice” and the subsequent two recordings were awarded the BBC Music Magazine’s “Editor's Choice”. His first DVD release on ICA Classics label was awarded ‘Editor’s Choice/DVD of the Month’ by Gramophone magazine. The DVD features Szymanowski’s Third and Fourth Symphonies conducted by Antoni Wit with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2012 Antoni Wit’s world premiere recording of Gorecki’s Concerto-Cantata with the Warsaw Philharmonic on Naxos received a Choc Award. His recording of Penderecki’s Fonogrammi, Horn Concerto, Partita, The Awakening of Jacob and Anaklasis on Naxos received a Grammy Award in 2013.

Recent orchestral engagements include concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Weimar Staatskapelle, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome, Prague Radio Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico, Casa da Música Porto, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, NDR Hannover, Taiwan National Symphony, NCPA Orchestra Beijing, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and the Cleveland Orchestra.

In the 2016-17 season and beyond Antoni Wit makes his début with the New Japan Philharmonic, the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, and the Symphony Orchestra of India, and he recently toured with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire. He returns to the Warsaw Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mexico City Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, and the St Petersburg Philharmonic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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