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 Aleksander Węgierko 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 over 60-year history of the Orchestra, it was managed by the following general directors: K. Złocki, L. Hanek, J. Kulaszewicz, T. Chachaj, M.J. Błaszczyk, M. Nałęcz-Niesiołowski, R. Skolmowski, and, currently, D. Tajanewski. The musical directors of the ensemble were J. Salwarowski, J. Chrenowicz, M. Klauza, P. Kotla, and, currently, M.J. Błaszczyk. The Philharmonic stage saw prominent conductors, soloists, composers, such as P. Anderszewski, E. Auer, K. Danczowska, N. Goerner, H.M. Górecki, L. Grychtołówna, K. Jakowicz, J. Kaspszyk, J. Katlewicz, W. Kilar, K. Kord, J. Krenz, K.A. Kulka, W. Lutosławski, J. Maksymiuk, W. Michniewski, S. Mintz, G. Ohlsson, P. Paleczny, K. Penderecki, M. Pijarowski, Ś. Richter, R. Smendzianka, T. Strugała, W. Wiłkomirska, A. Wit, T. Wojciechowski, M. Zilm. 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 Orchestra under the baton of M.J. Błaszczyk gave concerts in the New York’s Carnegie Hall. For its phonographic accomplishments, the Orchestra was awarded numerous prizes, e.g. Polish Phonographic Industry Awards–“Fryderyk”: for the CD “Paderewski—Piano Concerto, Polish Fantasy” featuring K. Kenner under the baton of M. Nałęcz-Niesiołowski (2012), for P. Łukaszewski’s “Symphony of Providence,” with the participation of soloists: A. Mikołajczyk-Niewiedział, A. Rehlis, J. Bręk, and the Kraków Polish Radio Choir, under the baton of M. Nałęcz-Niesiołowski (2016), and for Łukaszewski’s “Symphony on the Mercy of God” with the participation of soloists: A. Mikolajczyk-Niewiedział and M. Nerkowski, and with Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir and Children’s Choir, under the baton of W. Michniewski (2017). The Orchestra’s repertoire consists of the greatest pieces of world symphonic art, as well as contemporary music. Since 2012 the Orchestra is seated in the new building of Podlasie Opera, due to which the group’s repertoire has become more varied and was supplemented with, among others, operas and musicals. The Orchestra performs in operas: S. Moniuszko’s “The Haunted Manor,” G. Verdi’s “Traviata,” W.A. Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” G. Bizet’s “Carmen,” and G. Puccini’s “La Bohème” and “Turandot,” as well as musicals: Ch. Williams’ “Korczak,” J. Bock’s “Fiddler on the Roof,” A. Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera,” L. Simon’s “Doctor Zhivago”, and in a J. Strauss’s operetta “Die Fledermaus.” In 2016 the Orchestra together with Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Children’s Choir as a Polish premiere performed C. Matthew’s “Pluto, the Renewer” under the baton of P. Kotla. Together with Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir and Children’s Choir, the Orchestra was also the first ensemble to ever perform P. Łukaszewski’s “Symphony on the Mercy of God” under the baton of W. Michniewski.

First Violins
Stanisław Wojciech Kuk (I concertmaster)
Rafał Dudzik (concertmaster)
Ewa Gromska-Stępka
Dariusz Garbacz
Maciej Przeździęk
Andrzej Jabłoński
Piotr Przydworski
Amadeusz Buczyński
Jerzy Szapiel
Stanisław Gadzina
Jadwiga Korzeń
Julia Dombek
Barbara Fedus-Gadzina
Marcin Tadeusz Roszkowski
Adrianna Buczek
Eun Cho
Anna Cieśluk
Andrzej Jabłoński

Second Violins
Roman Zawadzki
Paweł Polak
Mateusz Bijak
Anna Polak
Paweł Dawidowicz
Piotr Krakowiak
Anna Bojaryn
Urszula Laskowska-Bogusłowicz
Jerzy Giedź
Agnieszka Knapp
Małgorzata Szatrawska
Paweł Kuk
Karolina Prażuch
Gabriela Kopecka

Violas
Jakub Grabe-Zaremba (concertmaster)
Barbara Najda
Henryk Najda
Joanna Łapińska
Radosław Koper
Anna Mikołajczak
Alicja Skwierczyńska
Izabella Ostaszewska
Michał Członka
Katarzyna Pogoda
Alina Kowalska
Maria Członka

Cellos
Szymon Stępka (koncertmistrz)
Marek Sokoliński
Grzegorz Vytlacil
Wojciech Kopijkowski
Ewa Misiewicz
Krzysztof Dombek
Ewa Pawłowska
Maria Richter
Katarzyna Martynkiewicz
Joanna Dudzik

Double Basses
Ryszard Wolicki
Leszek Sokołowski
Maciej Skwierczyński
Cezary Just
Rafał Makarski
Kamil Łomasko
Krzysztof Sokołowski
Franciszek Słomka

Flutes
Magdalena Jakubowska-Puchalska
Kinga Pancerz
Magdalena Stachura
Katarzyna Jurčová
Aleksandra Wyszkowska

Oboes
Luca Neccia
Agnieszka Janowicz
Kinga Szmigulska
Bartłomiej Domagalski

Clarinets
Grzegorz Puchalski
Paweł Waśkowski
Wojciech Dunaj
Czesław Jaźwiński

Bassoons
Marek Kit
Magdalena Kania
Katarzyna Wasiluk-Zgiet

Horns
Tomasz Czekała
Wanda Kurowska
Aleksander Staryniec
Adam Drewnowski
Artur Nowicki
Siergiej Janowicz
Konrad Ołdakowski

Trumpets
Paweł Pogoda
Konrad Korzeniewski
Tomasz Witek
Wiesław Sokołowski

Trombones
Stanisław Kruciński
Piotr Kania
Bartosz Bury
Lucjan Sakowicz

Tuba
Wojciech Rolek

Percussion
Dorota Markiewicz
Andrzej Makal
Łukasz Zamaryka
Adam Krzyczkowski
Marcin Jadczak

Harp
Aldona Joanna Poczwardowska
Sandra Kopijkowska-Skórka

Piano/Harpsichord/Celesta
Anna Krzysztofik-Buczyńska
Karina Komendera

Orchestra Coordinator
Jerzy Giedź

Librarian
Krzysztof Dombek