Piotr Sułkowski

Photo © Mieczysław Wieliczko

since 2011 the Executive and Artistic Director of the Warmia and Masuria Philharmonic.

He holds an extensive opera experience gained during his service as a Conductor and later as the Artistic Director of the Cracow Opera and the Music Director of the Wildwood Opera Festival in Little Rock, Arkansas (USA). He prepared a number of opera premieres, including several world premieres. For example, in 2007, during the Polish Music Festival, being part of the Szymanowski Year, he gave the world premiere of yet unknown K. Szymanowski’s The Lottery for Husbands operetta and recorded it in co-operation with the Polish Music Publishing House (PWM). The Rape of Lucretia, by B. Britten, produced by Sulkowski in 2004, was recognized as the best performance of the year at the Bydgoszcz Opera Festival. Sulkowski co-founded the Cracow Chamber Opera and staged several productions there. In 2008-09, he worked as the Deputy Director of the Polish Radio Choir. Since 2009 to 2011 he was Artistic Director of the Torun Symphonic Orchestra. Since 2008 to 2014 the First Guest Conductor of the Signature Symphony Orchestra in Tulsa, Oklahoma (USA).

Sulkowski has been co-operating with many orchestras and teaching as well at Music Academy in Cracow and of conducting at the Bydgoszcz Academy of Music. Since 1993 till 2016 he conducted the Orchestra of the F. Chopin State Secondary School of Music in Cracow with which he travelled to France to run educational programmes for the French youth. In 2008, he conducted the Jubilee Concert on the Cracow’s Market Square, with the internationally renowned artist, G. Zamfir. In 2010, he conducted a concert in the church of Saint Peter and Paul in Krakow, which inaugurated its Foundation National Pantheon. Sulkowski also produced the soundtrack with B. Chajdecki’s music for The Time of Honour historical film series.

In 2010, in Pamplona (Spain) he prepared the premiere of Bizet’s Carmenwith the Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra and the Asociación Amigos de la Gayarre Ópera with very good critics. In 2010 he also prepared the production of Beethoven’s Fidelio – Memory of the Holocaust project, which took place in main Polish cities. In 2011, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Warmia and Masuria travelled to Spain, where in Bilbao and Pamplona under his leadership was prepared performances of Puccini’s Tosca. In 2012, with the same orchestra and soloist Eduard Kunz began at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw series Great Piano Concertos. In 2011 he received his Ph.D. in 2015 habilitated doctor and in 2017 the associate professor of musical arts. In 2016 he led many concerts with the winners of the International Violin Competition. H. Wieniawski in Poland and at the International Violin Festival in St. Petersburg also with Maxim Vengerov. He undertakes many activities promoting Feliks Nowowiejski’s work. As part of the celebration of the Year of Feliks Nowowiejski 2016 he performed concerts with the oratorio “Quo Vadis” with the Orchestra of the Warmia and Masuria Philharmonic, Górecki Chamber Choir in Cracow, Barczewo, and in Warsaw. At the National Philharmonic there were outstanding Metropolitan Opera soloists: Aleksandra Kurzak, Artur Ruciński and Rafał Siwek with whom the recording was made. In 2018 he led a special concert devoted to Polish music with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as one of the concerts of the Krzysztof Penderecki Festival on the occasion of the composer’s 85th birthday.

Member of the Program Council of Radio Olsztyn (2012 – 2016). Sulkowski received award from the President of Olsztyn Statuette of St. James in the field of culture for the year 2012. In 2013, Warmia and Masuria Business Club, for the arts and popularizing classical music among the inhabitants of the their region, said Sulkowski title and a statue of Personality of Warmia and Masuria in the category of culture. Vice president of the board Polish Philharmonic Association. By 2014, conducted by P. Sulkowski Philharmonic Warmia – Masuria received a statuette Laurel “Best of the Best” for achievements and successes of the scale nationwide and internationally for the promotion of Warmia and Masuria in 2013. In 2014 he was awarded the medal Gloria Artis by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. In 2015, for “creative achievements in the field of culture Warmia and Masuria” he was awarded the Governor of Warmia – Masuria statue of Pegasus. Honored with the Silver Cross of Merit (2016). He received Olsztyn’s President “Feliks Nowowiejski Award” in the field of musical arts (2017). Member of the Artistic Council of the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra. Regional Coordinator of the Warmia and Mazury Region for the organization of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko.