The Polish Philharmonic


Due to the public health situation, the Prague Symphony Orchestra concert, which was originally scheduled for MAR 2, 2021, has been rescheduled and replaced with The Polish Philharmonic. The new performance date is MAR 1, 2022. Learn more >

with Boguslaw Dawidow, Principal Guest Conductor

Founded in 1945 on the heels of post-war Polish independence, The Polish Philharmonic is the largest music institution in northern Poland. The orchestra is visited not only by local music-lovers, but by cosmopolitan Polish and international patrons alike. The Philharmonic organizes symphonic concerts, recitals and chamber-music soirées performed by the most prominent Polish musicians as well as many world-famous artists.

In the late-19th and early-20th centuries, Gdańsk (the German-administered Danzig) held the international spotlight as a point of contention between Germany, a budding independent Poland, and those proud locals who saw Gdańsk as an independent city-state, the crown jewel of the Baltic Sea. Throughout the mid-20th century, Gdańsk became the primary seaport of Communist Poland. With charming architecture and wizened thinkers, Gdańsk became the location for the first initiatives and protests in the 1970s and 80s of the Solidarnœæ (Solidarity) movement, chaired by future president Lech Wałęnsa. This movement would soon lead to the breakdown of communism in Poland and contributed to the dissolution of the Second World as it was known throughout the Cold War era.

One might think that these long periods of turbulence may have weakened the arts in Gdańsk, yet the reality is quite the opposite. The Polish Philharmonic, as it exists and thrives today, represents an amalgamation of these international and historical influences, and the lofty passions that witnessed tragedy and drove revolutions, while still capturing the prideful stoicism of contemporary Poland and the larger Baltic Sea coast.

Maestro Boguslaw Dawidow, principal guest conductor of The Polish Philharmonic, is internationally renowned for his musical knowledge, immense enthusiasm and extraordinarily charismatic stage presence. Maestro Dawidow will lead The Polish Philharmonic Orchestra in their USA concert tour in 2022.