WARSAW PHILHARMONIC CHOIR
Henryk WOJNAROWSKI - conductor, choirmaster
Julian GEMBALSKI - organ
Morning Concert for Children
Let's Go Carolling
hosted by Malina SARNOWSKA
FOLK SONG AND DANCE ENSEMBLE OF WARSAW UNIVERSITY
On 25th October 2013, we inaugurate a new era in Warsaw Philharmonic's activity. On that day, Internet users will be able to listen online to Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection'. The conductor is Maestro Jacek Kaspszyk. It is the first online concert streaming in the history of our Philharmonic.»
London's BBC Proms is one of the world's most prestigious musical festivals. This year's edition sees the debut of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under Antoni Wit, who visit the Royal Albert Hall on Friday, August 23, at 7.30 p.m. »
The format of Warsaw Philharmonic's Sunday concerts for children is going to change in the season of 2013/14. Both cycles known from previous seasons: Concerts for Children (in the Concert Hall) and Matinées for Young Music Lovers (in the Chamber Music Hall) will be divided into concerts for two different age groups: at 11 am for younger children (3 to 6 years old) and at 2 pm - for the school-aged group (7 to 12 years old). These changes will also be reflected in the system of ticket subscriptions. »
The Polish President Bronisław Komorowski and the Minister of Culture, Bogdan Zdrojewski, congratulate Antoni Wit on receiving the Grammy Award
On 12th February 2013, The President of the Republic of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski telephoned Antoni Wit to offer him his personal congratulations on winning the world's most prestigious music prize - the Grammy Award. The Award was granted for a Naxos release of Krzysztof Penderecki's works, featuring Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under Antoni Wit.»
Choirmaster, director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir since 1978.
He graduated in symphonic and operatic conducting after studies with Stanisław Wisłocki at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw. From 1960 to 1978 he was conductor and director of the Grand Theatre Choir in Warsaw. In the Grand Theatre, he prepared about eighty new productions, including several world premieres.
With the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, he has for many years given highly successful performances with leading Polish and other European symphony orchestras in such prestigious musical centres as Milan's La Scala (1985, 1989, 1990), Berlin, Munich, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Brussels, and Jerusalem. He has collaborated with the most prominent contemporary conductors, such as Gary Bertini, Sergiu Comissiona, Kazimierz Kord, Jan Krenz, Lorin Maazel, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Krzysztof Penderecki, Helmuth Rilling, Witold Rowicki, Jerzy Semkow, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Leopold Stokowski, Stanisław Wisłocki, Antoni Wit, and Bohdan Wodiczko.
The artist regularly performs during music festivals in Warsaw, Wrocław, Cracow, Bydgoszcz, and Toruń.
With his choir, he has presented the entire canon of vocal-instrumental works from all periods, with special emphasis on Polish contemporary music (e.g. Krzysztof Penderecki's complete works with choir). He has participated in numerous Polish and world premieres. Also with the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, he has made a large number of radio archive recordings and music records.
Henryk Wojnarowski has received six nominations to the most prestigious record industry prize - the Grammy Award: five for recordings of works by Krzysztof Penderecki: twice for St Luke Passion (1991 - conducted by the composer, 2004 - conducted by Antoni Wit), in 2005 - for The Polish Requiem; in 2007 - for Symphony No. 7 - Seven Gates of Jerusalem), in 2009 for Utrenja and in 2008 - for a CD with Karol Szymanowski's music - Stabat Mater, Demeter, Veni Creator, Penthesilea. In April 2009 the first album with Stanisław Moniuszko's masses conducted by Wojnarowski won the Fryderyk Award of the Polish music industry as Record of the Year in the category of Choral and Large-Scale Vocal-Instrumental Music.
In October 2005, the artist received the Jerzy Kurczewski Award, Poland's only award for distinguished choral artists, granted since 1999 in Poznań.
In 1962-2002, Henryk Wojnarowski was an academic teacher. He was made full professor by the Polish state.