Management and the Artistic Council
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Born on Jan. 5, 1961, Piotr Baron had his musical debut in 1977. The next year he was distinguished as an artist and in 1980 was awarded the 2nd Prize at the Jazz nad Odrą Festival. In 1984, he won the Grand Prix at the Jazz Aldia Festival in San Sebastian, Spain. He received his MA degree at the Karol Lipiński Musical Academy in Wrocław, Poland. Throughout his over a 40-year-long musical career, he played with the most outstanding jazz artists of Poland, Europe, and the US, such as Zbigniew Namysłowski, Tomasz Stańko, Henryk Majewski, Henryk Miśkiewicz, Jarosław Śmietana, Wojciech Karolak, Zbigniew Lewandowski, Kazimierz Jonkisz, Krzesimir Dębski, Janusz Muniak, Tomasz Szukalski, Darek “Oles” Oleszkiewicz, Piotr Wojtasik, Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski, Bo Stief, Jasper Van’t Hof, Ray Charles, Art Farmer, Al Porcino, Billy Harper, David Murray, Kevin Mahogany, Victor Lewis, Roy McCurdy, John Hicks, Jon Mayer, Eddie Henderson, Gary Smulyan, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Carter Jefferson, Bobby Watson, Kei Akagi, Larry Koonse, Joe LaBarbera, Charlie Shoemake, Mark Soskin, Kevin Hays, Billy Hart, Harvie Swartz, David Friesen, Clarence Seay, Ed Schuller, John Betsch, Wadada Leo Smith, Ronnie Burrage, Greg Bandy, Malcolm Pinson, Skip Hadden, Steve McCraven, Wayne Bartlett, Carlos Johnson and Karen Edwards.
Deputy Director of the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra He has been associated with this institution since October 2017, initially as the assistant conductor and then as the orchestra manager. He assisted many outstanding conductors including Michail Jurowski (the recording and the first contemporary performance of Moses opera by Anton Rubinstein), Gabriel Chmura, Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Tadeusz Kozłowski, Andrzej Borejko, Piotr Gajewski. He also works with many soloists including Zakhar Bron, Vadim Repin, Piotr Plawner, Kevin Kenner, Krzysztof Meisinger, Klaudiusz Baran and Joanna Marcinkowska. Semi-finalist and winner of awards for the best Polish participant of the 10th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Conductor Concert in Katowice and finalist of the 6th Polish Nationwide Contest of Young Conductors in Białystok. He collaborates with the Silesian Philharmonic, the National Symphonic Orchestra of the Polish Radio, the Philharmonic of Kraków, the Philharmonic of Lublin, the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, the Symphonic Orchestra of Zamość, the Polish Sinfonia Baltica Philharmonic, the Symphonic Orchestra of Toruń.
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Director of the Witold Lutosławski National Forum of Music in Wrocław; an artist, conductor and teacher, he is among Poland’s most active musicians and promoters of musical life. He graduated from the Faculty of Composition, Conducting and Music Theory of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław; he earned his higher doctorate (habilitation) in 2013.
For many years, he worked intensely as a teacher at the Academy of Music in Wrocław, including at the position of the Head of the Inter-Faculty Studio of Early Music from 2001 to 2009. From 2014 to 2016, he lectured at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, and in 2016 he returned as a professor to the Academy of Music in Wrocław. In 2016, he inaugurated a programme entitled Musica polonica rediviva, the purpose of which is to promote performances of Polish music by young artists worldwide with the support of conservatoires and festivals (the programme’s partners so far included the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Conservatorio di Musica Luca Marenzio in Brescia, and Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón in Zaragoza).
“She is short and lively, and she sways like a flame”
Wells Journal (United Kingdom)
The most famous Polish female conductor was born to a family of musical traditions. In 1971, she graduated with distinction from State Higher School of Music in Poznań, where she studied conducting with Professor
Witold Krzemiński, and began work as assistant conductor at State Philharmonic Orchestra in Poznań. Later the same year, she started work as conductor at the Poznań Opera where, among other pieces, she prepared the Polish premiere of Benjamin Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, and Sergey Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet.
In 1968, while still a student, Agnieszka Duczmal founded a chamber orchestra, which in 1977 became Polish Radio and Television Chamber Orchestra, and later, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio. From the beginning of the Orchestra’s operation, Agnieszka Duczmal has been its managing and artistic director.
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Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk
He graduated cum laude from the Academy of Music in Katowice, where he studied Conducting with Karol Stryja. In 1993, thanks to a scholarship from the American Society for Polish Music, he mastered his conducting skills in Los Angeles. In the years 1984-1986 he conducted an ensemble consisting of musicians from the Katowice-based Polish Radio and Television Grand Symphony Orchestra during the festivals Warsaw Autumn and the Silesian Days of Contemporary Music. In 1986 he was appointed Artistic Director of the State Symphony Orchestra in Zabrze, and in 1990 General and Artistic Director of the State Philharmonic in Białystok, with which he toured the USA (1995; Carnegie Hall, among other locations). For two seasons he was General and Artistic Director of the Poznań Philharmonic (1996). Since 1998 – Artistic Director of the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic, and since 1999 – Artistic Director and Juror of the Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competitions for Conductors in Katowice. Member of the Artistic Board – Artistic Coordinator of the Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus.
Stanisław Michał Rybarczyk
Conductor, cultural animator, manager and educator. Associated, throughout his artistic career as a conductor, with the Wrocław Opera, Wrocław Philharmonic, PR and TV Centre in Wrocław, Provincial House of Culture, IMPART Art Centre, Pro Musica Artistic Agency, Academy of Music in Wrocław, Music High School in Wrocław, Sudecka Philharmonic in Wałbrzych and Theater Goerlitz (Germany). Creator and long-term artistic director of the PR and TV Chamber Ensemble in Wrocław, the White Stork Synagogue Choir in Wrocław, the Polish-German Young Philharmonic in Lower Silesia, the Wrocław Philharmonic Chamber Choir and a number of other groups.
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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).