NFM Wrocław Philharmonic
In 1945, when Poland emerged from the chaos of war, the Polish city of Wrocław immediately founded the City Symphony Orchestra which was later renamed to Wrocław Philharmonic. In 1994 the orchestra honored Poland’s native composer by changing its name to the Witold Lutosławski Philharmonic in Wrocław. Today the orchestra performs over 50 projects per season of subscription concerts, education projects, recordings, radio broadcasts, and outdoor concerts.
Jacek Kaspszyk was Music Director from 2005–2012. In 2013, the American conductor Benjamin Shwartz became the orchestra’s new Music Director.
The orchestra has worked with all of Poland’s great 20th century composers including Krzysztof Penderecki, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, and Witold Lutosławski. Promoting Polish music is a special focus of the orchestra. While touring Europe and the United States, the orchestra presented works by Szymanowski, Lutosławski, Górecki, and Penderecki.