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Michał Dworzyński

Michał Dworzyński has been hailed one of the most fascinating conductors of his generation. His international career was launched with his victory in the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in London in 2006, earning him a two-year position as assistant conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra where we worked alongside Valery Gergiev and Sir Colin Davis. He is also the winner of the second prize at the 2nd International Conducting Competition in Grenchen (Switzerland, 2002) and the first prize in Zagreb (Lovro von Matačić 2003) and Suwon in South Korea (2005).

He graduated with distinction from the faculty of conducting at the Academy of Music in Warsaw, where he studied under Antoni Wit, and the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin under Christian Ehwald. In 2015, he completed a PhD in music at the faculty of conducting at the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He received a grant from the Japanese-Polish Music Foundation JESC (2004) and the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (several creative grants and a scholarship as part of the Young Poland programme). Aged just 21 he became assistant conductor at the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. Between 2008 and 2010, he served as first conductor with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra in Kraków; during the 2012/2013 season he was first conductor with the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic Orchestra in Szczecin. He followed this by a position as artistic director with the Karol Szymanowski Orchestra in Kraków between 2013 and 2015 and first visiting conductor with the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra in Japan. He currently heads the faculty of conducting at the F. Noskowski Academy of Music in Kraków.

He has performed with leading orchestras in Europe, Australia, South Africa, the US and Japan, including the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Belgique, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon, Rundfunk-Symphonieorchester Berlin, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm Royal Opera Orchestra, Wiener KammerOrchester, Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Espanola (Madrid), Iceland Symphony, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (Dublin), BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Porto Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and West Australian Symphony Orchestra. In February 2012, he joined Antoni Wit for a concert tour of Japan with the National Philharmonic Orchestra; in September that year, he conducted the musicians during three concerts in Italy and Switzerland. In July 2014, during another tour of Japan he led concerts in Tokyo (NHK Symphony Orchestra), Osaka (Japan Century Symphony Orchestra), Yamagata and Nagoya.

He has been awarded numerous prizes and distinctions for his work on promoting Polish music, including a medal of the Association for Polish Music Artists in 2007 for services to Polish music. He has conducted all significant Polish orchestras, and made several recordings for Polish Television, Polish Radio, BBC Radio and labels including Hyperion, Naxos and BMG Sony. In 2012, his records were listed twice as album of the month by the BBC Music Magazine. In 2009, he joined the pianist Hamish Milne to record piano concertos by Hermann Goetz and Józef Wieniawski, while in 2013 he and the violinist Eugene Ugorski made the first ever recording of two violin concertos by Emil Młynarski and violin miniatures by Aleksander Zarzycki alongside the BBC Scottish Symphony for Hyperion Records.

In November 2013 he led the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall during a concert dedicated to Krzysztof Penderecki and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. On 27 April 2014 he conducted the Kraków Philharmonic Choir at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican during a performance preceding the canonisation of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.

 Pic. Sasha Gusov