PODLASIE OPERA AND PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
The beginnings of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra can be traced back to year 1954, when National Symphonic Orchestra was founded in Białystok. The Orchestra’s Musicians did not have their own seat back then – rehearsals and concerts took place, among others, in Al. Węgierka Dramatic Theatre or the Guest Palace in Białystok. After twenty years of their artistic activity, the Orchestra was granted status of philharmonic and has moved to concert hall at Podleśna street.
Throughout the 58-year history of the Orchestra, it was managed by the following presidents: Kazimierz Złocki, Leon Hanek, Jan Kulaszewicz, Tadeusz Chachaj, Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski. Since 2011, Office of the President of Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Centre for the Arts in Białystok is held by Mr. Roberto Skolmowski.
The Philharmonic stage saw prominent conductors, soloists, composers, such as Piotr Anderszewski, Edward Auer, Kaja Danczowska, Nelson Goerner, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Lidia Grychtołówna, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Jacek Kaspszyk, Jerzy Katlewicz, Wojciech Kilar, Kazimierz Kord, Jan Krenz, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Witold Lutosławski, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Wojciech Michniewski, Shlomo Mintz, Garrick Ohlsson, Piotr Paleczny, Krzysztof Penderecki, Marek Pijarowski, Światosław Richter, Regina Smendzianka, Tadeusz Strugała, Wanda Wiłkomirska, Antoni Wit, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Michael Zilm.
The OiFP Orchestra’s repertoire consists of the greatest pieces of world symphonic art, as well as contemporary music.
The group performs home and abroad (e.g. Austria, Belgium, Belarus, China, Estonia, Finland, Norway, France, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, Great Britain, Italy). In 1995, the OiFP Orchestra under the baton of Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk gave concerts in the Carnegie Hall, New York.
For its phonographic accomplishments, the OiFP Orchestra was awarded numerous prizes. The latest productions include “Paderewski – Piano Concerto, Polish Fantasy” the album, featuring Kevin Kenner, was awarded the Phonographic Academy Award Frederic 2012, category “Album of the Year, Symphonic and Concert Music”.
Since 2012/2013 artistic season, the Orchestra is seated in the new building of Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Centre for the Arts in Białystok. Due to the change of the institution’s profile, the its repertoire has become more varied and was supplemented with, among others, operas and musicals.
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