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Jacek Kaspszyk

Conductor
Music & Artistic Director, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Music Director & Chief Conductor, Beethoven Academy Orchestra

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Jacek Kaspszyk debuts with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra of India

Jacek Kaspszyk debuts with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra of India

This September will see the eminent Polish conductor Jacek Kaspszyk give two exciting debuts He will first travel to Japan to conduct the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in two concerts on 1 and 6 September at 7pm at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre The world-famous violinist Gidon Kremer and esteemed cellist Giedre Dirvanauskaite will join them for ...

Jacek Kaspszyk and Alena Baeva appear at the White Nights Festival

Jacek Kaspszyk and Alena Baeva appear at the White Nights Festival

The highly esteemed conductor Jacek Kaspszyk and violinist Alena Baeva will appear together at the White Nights Festival to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major The three-month festival is welcoming both artists on 13 July at the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg, where they will be joined by the wonderful Mariinsky Orchestra, who ...

Biography

The eminent Polish conductor Jacek Kaspszyk has been Music and Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra since the 2013/14 season. One of Poland’s foremost conductors, he has previously held positions as Artistic Director of the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic, Music Director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and of the Polish National Opera. Further afield, he has been Principal Conductor and Music Advisor of the Nord Nederlands Orkest from 1991 to 1995. Since January 2015 he is also Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Beethoven Academy Orchestra in Krakow.

Since his early success at the Karajan Conducting Competition in Berlin in 1977, Jacek Kaspszyk has conducted many major orchestras throughout the world including Berlin Philharmonic, Bayerischer Rundfunk, RSO Berlin, Orchestre de Paris, Vienna Symphony, the Oslo, Stockholm, Rotterdam and Czech Philharmonics, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, with whom he toured Australia. He has worked with all the major London orchestras, the BBC Orchestras (including at the BBC Proms), as well as the Royal Scottish National and Hallé Orchestras.

Last season, he toured the US with the Warsaw Philharmonic, including concerts in New York’s Alice Tully Hall and San Francisco’s Davies Hall, whilst in 2017/18, he takes the orchestra on a extensive tour to Asia. He enjoys a regular relationship with the China Philharmonic, Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras and returned to China for concerts with all three orchestras in April 2017. Other guest conducting engagements brought him to Lahti Symphony, Orquesta de Valencia and he made his debut with the Mariinsky Opera Orchestra during St. Petersburg’s White Nights Festival 2017.

In the 2017/18 season, his guest conducting includes his debut with the St Petersburg Philharmonic and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. He also works with the Symphony Orchestra of India, Lucerne Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra and returns to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Kaspszyk regularly appears at major summer Festivals such as La Roque d’Anthéron, Chopin and his Europe, Kissinger Sommer and the Lugano Festival. He has also recently conducted the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Prague Spring Festival, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife as well as the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra.

In opera, Kaspszyk has worked at renowned opera houses including the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Opéra Comique in Paris, Opéras de Lyon and Bordeaux, English National Opera, Zurich Opera, and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Most recently, he has conducted Szymanowski’s King Roger at the Staatstheater Nürnberg in an acclaimed new production.

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. Kaspszyk has also made a groundbreaking recording of Szymanowski’s King Roger with Polish National Opera. 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. His most recent CD release with Warsaw Philharmonic is a critically acclaimed performance of Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater and Symphony No. 3.

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.

Reviews

Jacek Kaspszyk lets loose the considerable forces of the Warsaw Philharmonic on three of Karol Szymanowski’s vocal works. The Stabat Mater, fragrant with incense, finely balances liturgical stateliness with a cathartic emotional tug (Szymanowski was mourning his young niece). Inflections of Polish folk music, glancing memories of north African travels – all are vividly conjured up by Kaspszyk and his players.
- The Guardian
, 2017
[…]The two big works on the Warsaw Philharmonic’s album [Stabat Mater and Symphony No. 3], lovingly shaped by the veteran Polish conductor Jacek Kaspszyk, show very different sides of Szymanowski’s creativity.
- The Times
, 2017
Conductor Jacek Kaspszyk managed to release energies out of Sinfonia Lahti, that you do not often hear. […] He created an atmosphere, which results from great musicality and understanding [and] enhanced the rich and colourful chord structure in a very spontaneous and natural way, whilst also maintaining a balanced sound in the climaxes.
- Etelä-Suomen Sanomat
, 2017
There was no denying the vibrancy and flair of the orchestra’s playing under Music Director Jacek Kaspszyk […] After intermission, Kaspszyk led a performance of Brahms’ First Symphony that was at once robust and refined. It boasted plenty of rhythmic momentum in the opening movement (where Kaspszyk won my heart by taking the repeat, always the sign of a conductor who knows his trade), as well as gracefully translucent textures in the slow movement. The encore was a brisk and vividly coloured account of Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” Overture — a surprising and frankly flattering tribute from a touring orchestra to its host country. It was a delightful close to an all-around rewarding evening.
- San Francisco Chronicle
, 2016
Under the baton of long-time music director Jacek Kaspszyk, the musicians proved themselves as dynamically sensitive as Cho in the Chopin concerto, and they got unexpected vibrancy out of the work’s humdrum orchestration […] Kaspszyk’s beat is large and demonstrative, yet he got precise responses from his group.
- The Orange County Register
, 2016
Though the Weinberg revival began in the 1960s, Kaspszyk can be credited with doing his part: in 2013, one of his first acts as the Philharmonic’s new music director was to record Weinberg’s Symphony No. 4, which he and the musicians turned into this evening’s exuberant conclusion. What was evident from the beginning, …was the finesse of the orchestra’s strings, and the ability of the group to shrink its utterances to a whisper. With most of the sold-out audience on its feet, Kaspszyk returned for a swaggering encore: the insouciant, extravagantly orchestrated Mazurka from Weinberg’s Polish Melodies, which made the most of the orchestra’s gritty power.
- New York Classical Review
, 2016
Schubert's Third Symphony was pure magic in Kaspszyk's hands…it never lost sight for one moment of the quintessential melodiousness that is the composer's hallmark. But to the Poles' light-footed and well-sprung presentation, Kaspszyk added another ingredient: Beethovenian weight, and not just with the six double basses or in the hefty slow introduction. It gave the symphony an unusual solidity, firming up the delight. Their Beethoven Nine was extraordinarily fresh…Kaspszyk's pacey tempos were thrilling and exhilarating: the development section in the first movement seethed and went like the wind; in the pounding Scherzo I almost ducked as the rhythms flew off the page like bullets. The slow movement sang as it always does, with not one ounce of drag; and the fantastic, searing performance of the finale…felt like being there as the music was born. I found the whole thing totally cathartic.
- The Herald Scotland
, 2016
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
, 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
, 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
, 2013
Jacek Kaspszyk led the whole ensemble in a masterly fashion, intelligently placing the many climaxes emotions and passions of the work.
- Gazeta Wyborcza
 (Szymanowski 'King Roger', Polish National Opera)
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
 (Richard Strauss Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and Stravinsky Pulcinella / Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra)
, 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
 (CD Lutoslawski: Symphony No 2 and Symphony No 4)

Discography

Szymanowski: Litany to the Virgin Mary Op 59, Stabat Mater Op 53, Symphony No 3 Op 27 “Song of the Night”
Released April 2017 on Warner Classics

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Lutoslawski: Symphony No 2 and Symphony No 4
Released April 2010 on Accord

NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Omnia series

Recipient of the 2010 Fryderyk award for ‘Symphonic and Concert Music Album of the Year’

“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

Pulcinella / Der Burger als Edelmann - Suites for Orchestra
Released July 2010 on DUX

NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Moniuszko: Haunted Manor
Released December 2015 on EMI Classics

Polish National Opera

Other artists:  Adam Kruszewski, Iwona Hossa, Anna Lubanska, Krzysztof Szmyt, Dariusz Stachura, Piotr Nowacki, Stefania Toczyska, Zbigniew Macias, Romuald Tesarowicz, Agnieszka Zwierko, Jacek Parol, Stefania Toczysk

Penderecki: Ubu Rex
Released October 2004 on Accord

Polish National Opera

Other artists:  Pavel Wunder, Anna Lubanska, Jozef Frakstein, Izabella Klosinska, Anna Karasinska, Jeanette Bozalek, Rafal Bartminski, Mieczyslaw, Milun, Rafal Siwek, Piotr Nowacki, Robert Dymowski, Andrzej Witlewski

Szymanowski: King Roger
Released October 2004 on Accord

Other artists:  Wojtek Drabowicz, Olga Pasiecznik, Krzysztof Szmyt, Piotr Beczala, Romuald Tesarowicz, Stefania Toczyska

Polish National Opera