Orchestra of the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Cracow


One of the most famous European Philharmonic Orchestra in Pécs.

Saturday 27 November 2010, 7:30 pm

PTE (Uniwersytet w Pécs) w auli Romhányi ,

Pécs, Szigeti út 12.

Orchestra of the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Cracow started its activity in February 1945 as the fi rst Polish symphonic orchestra after the second world war. Despite obvious diffi culties in post-war Poland, the Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra has presented a high artistic level and outstanding interpreting skills, mastered throughout the years in cooperation with several renowned conductors.
The fi rst post-war manager and conductor of the memorable concert in February 1945 was Zygmunt Latoszewski. Later, for 65 years, the Orchestra has been conducted by other outstanding masters of baton: Valerian Bierdiayev, Bohdan Wodiczko, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Witold Rowicki, Andrzej Markowski, Henryk Czyż, Jerzy Katlewicz, Tadeusz Strugała, Gilbert Levine (USA), Vladimir Ponkin (Russia), Tomasz Bugaj, Jan Krenz, and Tadeusz Strugała again.
In the years 1988-1990, the post of Artistic Director of the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Krakow was held by Krzysztof Penderecki. He became honorary Artistic Director of the Philharmonic in 1993.
The Orchestra accompanied eminent soloists several times, including Yehudi Menuhin, Artur Rubinstein, Igor and David Ojstrach, Sviatoslav Richter, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Lev Oborin, Bella Davidowich, Maurizio Polini, Mstislav Rostropovich, Nigel Kennedy, Kevin Kenner, Vadim Brodski, Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Garrick Ohlsson, Gidon Kremer, and was conducted by such celebrities as Hermann Abendroth, Roberto Benzi, Paweł Klecki, Rafael Kubelik, Kirill  Kondrashin, Carlo Zecchi, Antal Dorati, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Helmuth Rilling, Jerzy Semkow, Kazimierz Kord, Gabriel Chmura, Antoni Wit, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Jacek Kaspszyk, Marek Pijarowski and Christopher Hogwood.
The Cracow Philharmonic performed in over 30 countries, including most European countries, re-invited many times, the performances being held in the most famous concert halls worldwide, for instance Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, Gewandhaus in Leipzig or Carnegie Hall in New York. The Orchestra successfully participated in numerous renowned festivals, such as Festival di Musica Contemporana in Italy (1961, 1964), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Italy (1972,1973), Flanders Festival in Belgium (1972, 1974, 1986, 1994), Athens Festival (1974, 1987), Festival Estival de Paris (1983, 1986, 1989) and Festival de Musique de la Chaise Dieu in France (1986, 1989, 2000), Festival Europäischer Musik in Germany (1985, 1986, 1990), Ravello Festival in Italy (1999, 2003), Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland (2004, 2005) and several times at the Warsaw Autumn and Vratislavia Cantans festivals.
One of the highlights in the Cracow Philharmonic’ artistic output was its successful performance in Musikverein in Vienna in February 2009, as a result of which the Cracow Philharmonic was re-invited to this prestigious concert hall to perform in 2010.
The Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra has performed several fi rst performances of pieces by 20th century composers, including Artur Malawski, Grażyna Bacewicz, Witold Lutosławski, Tadeusz Machl, Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar, Juliusz Łuciuk, Adam Walaciński, Bogusław Schaeffer, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Krzysztof Penderecki, Zbigniew Bujarski, Marek Stachowski, Krzysztof Meyer, Wojciech Widłak, Marcel Chyrzyński.
The Orchestra’s recordings were twice awarded with the most prestigious awards: Passion by Krzysztof Penderecki conducted by Henryk Czyż was awarded in 1967 with Grand Prix du Disque, Polonica by Franz Liszt conducted by Tadeusz Strugała was awarded in 1988 with Grand Prix International du Disque.
For several years, the Orchestra has performed extensively and on a regular basis, and participated in educational activities of the Philharmonic, presenting the most eminent works to the young audience. In every artistic season, the Orchestra performs about 50 programmes during symphonic concerts and oratorios with the mixed and boys choirs. Its rich repertoire includes pieces from Bach to Penderecki. 


Liszt: Hungarian Rapsody No.2
Chopin: E-moll, op.11
Schumann: IV Symphony d-moll

conductor: Paweł Przytocki
piano: Piotr Paleczny


cena biletów: 3 190 Ft, 2 590 Ft, 2 190 Ft, 1 590 Ft, 990 Ft

main organizators:

Philharmonic Orchestra Pannon