One of the leading symphony orchestras on the Polish music scene. It cooperates with such recognised artists as Giovanni Antonini, Lawrence Foster, Philippe Herreweghe, Michael Schønwandt, Dima Slobodeniouk, Krzysztof Penderecki, Gilbert Varga, Mario Venzago, Piotr Anderszewski, Jonathan Biss, Ning Feng, Pablo Ferrández, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Midori, Javier Perianes, Julian Rachlin, Nemanja Radulović, Nikolai Szeps-Znaider, Elina Vähälä, István Várdai, Antje Weithaas, and others.
The orchestra was founded in 1945. In 1994, it was named after Witold Lutosławski, and in2015, along with the inauguration of its new home at the National Forum of Music, adopted the name NFM Wrocław Philharmonic. Since the 2017/18 season, its Artistic Director is the multiple Grammy Award winner, Giancarlo Guerrero. Previously, this function was held by, among others, Jacek Kaspszyk (2006-13) and Benjamin Shwartz (2013-16).
During the season, in addition to regular concerts, the orchestra performs a wide variety of artistic projects, including educational concerts, open-air concerts and recording sessions. In educational activities, it focuses not only on concerts for children and young people, but also cooperates with the Academy of Music in Wrocław and the Orchestra Academy and Choir Academy (projects run by NFM). Thanks to cooperation with NFM festivals, such as Jazztopad and Musica Electronica Nova, the ensemble performs with leading representatives of the avant-garde and jazz scene, such as John Zorn, Brad Mehldau, Charles Lloyd and Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra.
The NFM Wrocław Philharmonic has gained special recognition in the 20th and 21st centurysymphonic repertoire, and regularly performs compositions commissioned by the NFM. Part of this activity are also albums and performances of the orchestra in prestigious venues
in Poland and in the world, including at the Berwald Concert Hall (Stockholm), Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Kölner Philharmonie, Tonhalle Zürich, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Flagey (Brussels), the Chicago Symphony Center, the Warsaw Philharmonic and the new NOSPR venue (Katowice). In its recordings and on tour, the orchestra regularly performs the works of such masters as Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Arvo Pärt. A record with symphonies by the latter composer, recorded by the orchestra under Tõnu Kaljuste (ECM), received the 2019 International Classical Music Award.