Opinions

Łukasz Długosz | Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Warsaw | 19 October 2020
phot. Piotrek  Banasik

I would like to express my sincere thanks for this great pleasure I took in performing with Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra. Every time I am enormously impressed by it. The Orchestra is incredibly open to new repertoire and bubbles up with youthful enthusiasm. This young musicians’ professionalism and passion puts the ensemble on a par with the best Polish orchestras. It copes superbly with demanding repertoire, including contemporary music. Undoubtedly, the excellent artistic and managerial care contributes to the promotion of Polish culture at home and abroad and becomes a source of inspiration in the search for new challenges. I wish you further musical raptures and hope to see you again.

Łukasz Długosz –  flautist

I am proud of my collaboration with the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, with which, over the last two seasons, we have performed piano concertos by Gershwin, Lutosławski and Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major KV 488 – all at Witold Lutosławski Studio in Warsaw. Ahead of us in 2021 we have, among others, Beethoven and Mozart’s Concerto in D minor KV 466 with maestro Maksymiuk. There are places where I feel at home, such as the aforementioned Sinfonia Iuventus – I love them for their fantastic blend of youth, enthusiasm and professionalism, Łódź Philharmonic, Zielona Góra Philharmonic with my friend maestro Czesław Grabowski and Warsaw Camerata Orchestra with my friend Paweł Kos-Nowicki. Such close human relations are priceless, especially in the current situation!

Paweł Kowalski – pianist

Paweł Kowalski | Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Warsaw | 10 December 2020
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Maestro Tadeusz Strugała | Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Warsaw | 5 October 2019
phot. Piotr Banasik

Sinfonia Iuventus is a great initiative that gives young musicians a chance to gain experience in team play, broaden and learn new repertoire, master the skills and present new abilities. Thanks to this project Poland found its place among countries promoting the development of youth artistic performance. Both conducting and listening to Sinfonia Iuventus under the baton of my excellent colleagues was always a satisfying experience. I am looking forward to the next encounter with the young, their ambitions, energy and joy of performing the magnificent art of music.

Tadeusz Strugała – conductor

It was a great pleasure! Our best compliments to wonderful young artists!

Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna

Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna | The 2nd Charity Concert Big Artists to Small Patients | 18 November 2019
Maestro Antoni Wit |  Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Warsaw  | 12 January 2019
phot. Piotr Banasik

In the past decade I have had opportunity to conduct Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus few times. Each concert was a poof that Orchestra is composed of outstanding musicians. However – given its statute – there is a constant rotation in the team, the musicians are always highly prepared and very professional. No wonder: the employees of Sinfonia Iuventus are the best graduates of Polish Music Academies. Moreover they are very enthusiastic about work and music, which does not always happen even in professional and experienced orchestras.

Antoni Wit – conductor

I am deeply convinced that the young artists from Sinfonia Iuventus work with great intensity and zeal, striving to fulfil the dream of Maestro Jerzy Semkow – the dream of a young, growing orchestra that could be the hallmark of Poland in the country and abroad.

Krzysztof Jakowicz – violinist

Krzysztof Jakowicz | Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Warsaw | 5 October 2019
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Maestra Agnieszka Duczmal | Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Warsaw | 10 May 2019
phot. Piotr Banasik

The orchestra is exceptional, as it is composed of young, passionate musicians. During intense rehearsals for Gustav Mahler’s 4th Symphony, I experienced a unique bond with the people I had not known before. What brings them together is their love for music and the will to build unity, which is crucial in team work. They absorbed every smallest remark, listened carefully to all nuances we spoke of, worked with unusual intensity and followed all of the conductor’s suggestions, enchanted by music and committed to play with the highest quality. It is a very young group and I congratulate them on their enthusiasm, joy, curiosity and, as a result, the artistic effects they achieve.

Agnieszka Duczmal – conductor

Big thanks for the opportunity to work with and conduct Sinfonia Iuventus, a magnificent orchestra, in the Haydn ‘Seven last words of our Saviour on the cross’. Their playing was outstanding and I was thrilled to be able to conduct this superb work in the Church of the Holy Cross in Warsaw. 

Paul Esswood – conductor

Maestro Paul Esswood | Holy Cross Church, Warsaw | 17 April 2019
phot. Piotr Banasik