with Wojciech Rodek, principal conductor
The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1944, and its beginnings go back to numerous chamber and solo concerts given by musicians who, after World War II, established ties within Poland. The repertoire and artistic considerations, as well as the joy of making music together, led to a premiere chamber music concert held on February 10, 1945 in the hall of the Music Society. This concert provided the catalyst to extend the orchestra, and a classical music gala was held on May 18 of the same year–the first symphony concert in post-war Poland. The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra has been on many international concert tours. Performances in Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Germany, South Korea, Denmark and Ukraine were acclaimed both by the critics and the public. The orchestra participated in numerous international festivals and the Franco Ferrara Conductors’ Seminar in Siena. The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic is the largest music institution in eastern Poland. It is visited not only by local music-lovers but by cosmopolitan Polish and international patrons alike. The Philharmonic offers symphony concerts, recitals, organ and chamber music soirées performed by the most prominent Polish musicians and internationally acclaimed artists.
The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic is under the artistic direction of its principal conductor, Wojciech Rodek, one of the most prominent conductors of his generation. Since 1944 until today, The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic has attracted a glittering list of illustrious conductors, such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Antoni Wit, Kazimierz Kord, Philippe Herreweghe, Jerzy Maksymiuk and Jan Krenz, as well as soloists: Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Wanda Wiłkomirska, Nigel Kennedy, Eugen Indjic, Rafał Blechacz, Kevin Kenner, Ingolf Wunder, Yulianna Avdeeva, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Roman Lasocki, Piotr Pławner, Bartłomiej Nizioł, Tomasz Strahl, Lukas Geniušas, Corina Marti, Vadim Brodski, Ilya Grubert, Georgijs Osokins and many others. The huge repertoire of the Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra encompasses compositions from Baroque to contemporary music.