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conductor

"He possesses a graceful, legible gesture,
and he superbly commands the orchestra.
His interpretations are meticulously crafted
yet spontaneous at the same time."

Anna Woźniakowska, Polska Muza

One of the most intriguing conductors of the younger generation began his career as an assistant at the Warsaw Philharmonic, first alongside Antoni Wit (2012/13), and in the 2013/14 season with Jacek Kaspszyk. Since then, he has regularly performed with orchestras including the Warsaw Philharmonic, the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, Sinfonia Juventus, and the Silesian, Krakow, Lublin, Lodz, Baltic, Gorzów, Zielona Góra, Podkarpacka, and Opole Philharmonics.

The artist's repertoire encompasses symphonic, concertante, and oratorio works. In 2011, he made his operatic conducting debut with the premiere of Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte." In 2014, in collaboration with the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, he assumed artistic direction for a new staging of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" at the Warsaw Chamber Opera, and in 2017, he conducted Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" at the Warsaw Grand Theatre's chamber stage.

Since 2016, the artist has been collaborating with the Grand Theatre in Łódź, conducting productions including J. Strauss's "The Gypsy Baron," Puccini's "Turandot," and his own opera

"The Man from the Manufactory." Since 2022, he has been working with the Baltic Opera, conducting performances of Rossini's "The Barber of Seville."

Contemporary music holds a special place in the heart of this conductor-composer. He has premiered numerous Polish and international works. In September 2012, he made his debut at the "Warsaw Autumn" festival conducting a concert with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. During the next edition of the "Warsaw Autumn" (2013), he conducted the final concert, including the Polish premiere of Thomas Ades's "Totentanz."

As an assistant, he often collaborated with his mentor, Prof. Antoni Wit, both domestically and internationally, preparing orchestras such as the Orquesta de Navarra (Spain) and the Daegu Symphony Orchestra (South Korea).

Currently, he is the artistic director of the Chopin University Chamber Orchestra. Formed in 2017, the ensemble has already achieved several significant milestones, including recording several albums, participating in important cultural and state events such as awarding Arvo Pärt an honorary doctorate, and recently completing a major tour of China, giving over 20 concerts (July 2019).

Rafał Janiak

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