Jarosław Thiel
Artistic Director of Wrocław Baroque Orchestra

He studied cello at music academies in Poznań and Łódź and completed postgraduate studies at the Universität der Künste in Berlin in the class of Baroque cello run by Phoebe Carrai and Markus Möllenbeck (diploma with honours).
In his artistic activity, he focuses primarily on the issues of historical performance practice. He regularly performs as a soloist and chamber musician – he has played in this position at many Polish and international festivals of early music. He has collaborated with the most important Polish ensembles performing Baroque music.

For several years he was the principal cellist of the Dresdner Barockorchester, and since 2006 has been a member of the FestspielOrchester Göttingen. He has collaborated with other leading German ensembles such as Cantus Cölln, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and Gaechinger Cantoray.

In recent years, Jarosław Thiel has more and more often appeared as a conductor. Since 2006, he has been Artistic Director of Wrocław Baroque Orchestra – recordings of WBO under his direction have won Fryderyk in the Phonographic Debut of the Year category and several nominations for this award. Since 2017, he has been Deputy Director for Programme Coordination at the National Forum of Music.

Jarosław Thiel is a professor at the Academy of Music in Poznań, where he runs the class of historical cello. He also lectures during master classes as part of the Varmia Musica Festival in Lidzbark Warmiński. In 2017, he released his album, recorded in a duet with Katarzyna Drogosz, with Cello Sonatas Op. 5 and Variations WoO 45 by Beethoven (CD Accord); the album was nominated for a Fryderyk 2018 award.  In 2020, an album of Wrocław Baroque Orchestra was released under the direction of Jarosław Thiel, featuring works by Karol Kurpiński, Feliks Ignacy Dobrzyński, and Stanisław Moniuszko (CD Accord) – this CD was nominated for the International Classical Music Awards 2022. Also in 2022, the latest album under the baton of Jarosław Thiel – Johann David Heinichen – Dresden Vespers, recorded with Wrocław Baroque Orchestra and the Ensemble Polyharmonique, was published (world premiere recording; Accent).

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