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Edition 2018

01
June 2018 | Friday
Leo Festival
NFM, Red Hall
Music and Magic
 
02
June 2018 | Saturday
Leo Festival
NFM, foyer -1
Meet the composer Tomasz Skweres
 
02
June 2018 | Saturday
Leo Festival
NFM, Main Hall
Independence
 
03
June 2018 | Sunday
Leo Festival
NFM, Red Hall
Together We Live – Together We Play
 
03
June 2018 | Sunday
Leo Festival
Church of St Mary Magdalene, Polish National Catholic Cathedral
Invocation for Peace
Free admission

Edition 2017

28
May 2017 | Sunday
Leo Festival
NFM, Red Hall
Masters and Pupils
 
30
May 2017 | Tuesday
Leo Festival
NFM, Black Hall
Listen, Look and Smile!
 
01
June 2017 | Thursday
Leo Festival
NFM, Red Hall
The Magic of Broadway and the Cinema
 
04
June 2017 | Sunday
Leo Festival
NFM, Main Hall
The Ugly Duckling – opera for children
 
04
June 2017 | Sunday
Leo Festival
NFM, Main Hall
The Ugly Duckling – opera for children
 

Edition 2016

29
May 2016 | Sunday
Leo Festival
NFM, Main Hall
The Ugly Duckling – opera for children
 
01
June 2016 | Wednesday
Leo Festival
plac przed NFM / foyer -3 / Sala Czerwona / Sala Czarna
Festival du corps - parts I-IV
 
01
June 2016 | Wednesday
Leo Festival
NFM, Main Hall
Festival du corps - part V
 
04
June 2016 | Saturday
Leo Festival
NFM, Main Hall
Two orchestras and solo violin
 

Edition 2015

30
May 2015 | Saturday
Leo Festival
Castle Topacz, Big Hall
Leo Festival - five rivers
 
01
June 2015 | Monday
Leo Festival
Philharmonic Hall
Leo Festival - stop the war and dance
 
03
June 2015 | Wednesday
Leo Festival
K. Lipiński Academy of Music
Leo Festival - young generation
 
06
June 2015 | Saturday
Leo Festival
Church of St Mary Magdalene, Polish National Catholic Cathedral
Leo Festival - stillness
 

Edition 2018

Welcome to the 10th Leo Festival.

The festival’s central event commemorates the year 1918, when Poland regained its independence. This year we will proudly celebrate the 100th anniversary of independence, and as musicians we are especially proud to say that it was a famous Polish musician, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, who greatly contributed to winning international approval for the  reinstatement of Poland on the European map. Of course, our programme will present the beautiful Suite for Strings by Paderewski, and also works by Frederic Chopin, Jerzy Fitelberg, Krzysztof Penderecki and a world premiere of a new string orchestra piece by Tomasz Skweres. Justyna Skoczek has found moving texts from diaries, poems, and speeches of contemporaries that remind us of how they felt and what they thought during the time of historic political changes.

‘Music and Magic’ will treat you to many surprises. Please bring your children. They will, surely, enjoy the spell and charm of the magicians’ enchantments and the music! It is a long standing tradition that students of the Academy of Music present a programme of chamber music with their teachers Christian Danowicz, Michal Micker and Marcin Misiak. For the first time, wind players will perform  some  of the lesser-known repertoire.

The call for peace in Panufnik’s Invocation for choir and instruments is the central message of our last programme to be held at the Church of St Mary Magdalene.
It is actually not a concert, it is but rather a regular religious service. The chorus, led my Malgorzata Podzielny and the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra will present music by Palestrina, Caccini, and Mozart as well as Panufnik’s Invocation.

I would like to cordially thank all our sponsors and the people who make presenting the Leo Festival possible. My specials thanks goes to the team, to all the musicians, magicians and actors.

Come and join us!
Ernst Kovacic

 

 

Andrzej Kosendiak

GENERAL DIRECTOR

Director of the National Forum of Music, artist, conductor and pedagogue, Andrzej Kosendiak has earned an enviable reputation as one of the most active and committed musicians and organizers of music life in Poland. He graduated from the Department of Composition, Conducting and Music Theory of Wrocław Music Academy. In 2013 he obtained the academic degree of doctor habilitatus. For many years he taught at his Alma Mater, where in 2001-2009 he was head of the Cross-Department Early Music Studies. Since 2014 he has been Professor at the S. Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk. In 2005 he became Director of the Wrocław Philharmonic and the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans.

He soon reformulated the profile of both organizations and successfully led them to their merger in 2014 into one performing arts organization - the National Forum of Music. Upon his initiative, construction works of the new venue of the National Forum of Music were commenced, and he is now the coordinator of this state-of-the-art concert hall development. Andrzej Kosendiak’s efforts led to the establishment of Society of Polish Philharmonics, of which he is now chair for the second term of office.  

Of the National Forum of Music artistic ensembles, many were founded upon Andrzej Kosendiak’s initiative: NFM Choir, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, NFM Boys’ Choir, and he also contributed to the founding of Polish National Youth Choir.  Andrzej Kosendiak founded the festivals Forum Musicum and Leo Festival. Thanks to his efforts, in 2013 the Wrocław Philharmonic organized the 27th Congress of the International Society for the Performing Arts, attended by around 400 delegates and guests from all over the world. He is one of the authors of academies of early music held annually in Wrocław, combining concerts with master classes (Bach Academy in 2014 and Handel Academy in 2015). Andrzej Kosendiak has launched several educational projects: Singing Wrocław, Singing Poland, and Mummy, Daddy Sing to Me. He is one of the authors of Muzyka w Mieście monthly, issued since 2012 by the National Forum of Music.  

Andrzej Kosendiak put forward the idea of recording the complete works of Witold Lutosławski – in the Opera Omnia series six albums have been released so far.  Another initiative is 1000 Years of Music in Wrocław, presenting the musical heritage of our city.   Thanks to his commitment, the phonographic project of Paul McCreesh and the NFM Choir is now under way, recording the greatest oratorios in music history. The discs released so far have won prestigious awards: BBC Music Magazine Award (twice), Diapason d’Or de l’Année and Gramophone Editor’s Choice.    

Early music is of particular interest to Andrzej Kosendiak: in 1985 he founded Collegio di Musica Sacra and has directed the ensemble ever since. They have given concerts in many European countries, as well as the US (including collaboration with Chapel Hill University NC), appearing at the most prestigious festivals and concert venues across Poland. His recording catalogue includes rediscovered music from Wrocław University Library – Musica da chiesa (DUX), and from Strasbourg Library - F. X Richter: 'Missa Pastorale', Dixit, Magnificat (CYPRES) as well as A. M. Bononcini’s Stabat Mater (DUX). 2012 and 2014 saw the release of two discs with works by G. G. Gorczycki (CD Accord) directed by Andrej Kosendiak. The first disc was awarded Wrocław Music Prize and nominated for Fryderyk Award. As a conductor he gives regular concerts with the NFM Symphony Orchestra and Choir, as well as Wrocław Baroque Orchestra and philharmonic ensembles across Poland. Over the recent years he has conducted Haydn’s The Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Mass in C minor and Requiem, Bach’s Mass in B flat minor and both Passions (initiating years ago a tradition of performing these works in Wrocław during the Holy Week), Fauré’s Requiem, and Britten’s Saint Nicolas. 
 

Ernst Kovacic

DYREKTOR ARTYSTYCZNY

Wiedeń – a w nim inspirujące się nawzajem napięcie między tradycją i nowoczesnością stanowiły muzyczne tło, w którym Ernst Kovacic dorastał i w którym wykształcił swoje spojrzenie na formę, dźwięk i interpretację.

Wykonania sonat solowych Bacha, koncertów skrzypcowych Mozarta oraz zaangażowanie w zakresie Nowej Muzyki pozwoliły wkrótce ustalić wybitną rolę Ernsta Kovacica wśród skrzypków jego generacji.

The National Forum of Music, plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław, co-managed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, City of Wrocław and Lower Silesian Province, registered in Rejestr Instytucji Kultury run by the City of Wrocław as RIK 38/2014.

Patrons:

Wdrożenie e-usług w Filharmonii im. Witolda Lutosławskiego we Wrocławiu - etap 2 współfinansowany jest przez Unię Europejską ze środków Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju Regionalnego w ramach Regionalnego Programu Operacyjnego dla województwa dolnośląskiego na lata 2007 - 2013 oś priorytetowa 6. Wykorzystanie i promocja potencjału turystycznego o kulturalnego Dolnego Śląska (Turystyka i Kultura), działanie 6.5. Działania wspierające infrastrukturę turystyczną i kulturową.