NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra

Over almost four decades of its activities, the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra has achieved a position of renown on the classical music scene and has experienced various approaches to leading the orchestra and has elaborated their own approach to music, combining emotiveness of sound with transparency of texture and clarity of parts. It is to these features of Leopoldinum’s playing that critics draw our attention to, valuing its productions also for the musicians’ conspicuous engagement with what is being performed.

Since the beginning the orchestra has been directed by outstanding violinists-leaders: Karol Teutsch, Jan Stanienda, and then Leopoldinum’s long-time concertmaster Zbigniew Szufłat. In the beginning, the orchestra focused mostly on Classical or even Baroque repertoire, later to expand its programmes to include music up to the 20th century, which resulted in highly acclaimed recordings (Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and with Ewa Podleś – a CD with works of Respighi and an album of Rossini’s arias).

For several years now the ensemble’s priority has been presenting music of outstanding 20th- and 21st-century composers, music somewhat overlooked in the process of shaping repertoire canons. Thus Leopoldinum reveals to their listeners works of the highest order, but remaining beyond the concert mainstream, and at the same time astonishing in their quality and genuine mastery. Under the artistic directorship of another distinguished musician, Ernst Kovacic, the orchestra could begin their exploration of various niches in 20th-century music. The results of this mission are the subsequent CD recordings, produced in recent years, and among them public attention has been drawn particularly to e.g. CDs with works by Ernst Křenek (2 albums released by Capriccio and Toccata Classics), and Leoš Janáček (DUX), the string arrangements of works by Alban Berg (Berg by Arrangement, Toccata Classics, hailed by The Sunday Times as one of the best CDs of the year), or Kunst der Fuge (CD Accord) showing how much Bach has been a patron to numerous composers, including those writing contemporary music.

The ensemble has performed in Europe’s major venues: Barbican Centre in London, Philharmonie, Konzerthaus and Schauspielhaus in Berlin, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Tivolis Koncertsal in Copenhagen, Teatro Victoria Eugenia in San Sebastián, and others, as well as during the most important European festivals, i.a. Pablo Casals Festival in Prado, Muziekfestival West-Brabant in Holland, Bodenseefestival and Weilburger Schloss¬konzerte in Germany, Echternach in Luxembourg, Festival de musique du Périgord Noir in France, Estoril in Portugal, Flanders Festival, Europalia.Europa in Belgium, and, last but not least, Wratislavia Cantans and Musica Polonica Nova in Wrocław, Poland.

Since September 2017, Joseph Swensen, a superb violinist and conductor, has been artistic director of the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra.

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Strings
Festival finale
29.05
Sun.
8:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Connected in Our Music
Olena Korolenko / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
02.06
Thu.
7:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Songs of Theremin
Ernst Kovacic / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
04.06
Sat.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Listen, That Far is Our Horizon!
Atom String Quartet / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
05.06
Sun.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Mahler in Manhattan
Closing of the NFM Lepoldinum Orchestra season
12.06
Sun.
6:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Mahler in Love
Agata Zubel / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
16.09
Fri.
7:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Concertino. Opening of the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra Season
Daniel Hope / Waldemar Żarów
15.10
Sat.
6:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Roads to Classicism
Andrzej Kosendiak / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
29.10
Sat.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Eroica
Radek Baborák / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
12.11
Sat.
6:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Poème
Tedi Papavrami / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
03.12
Sat.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Death and the Maiden
Joseph Swensen / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
10.12
Sat.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Great Fugue
Roman Rabinovich & NFM Leopoldium Orchestra
21.01
Sat.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Partita. A concert of the Witold Lutosławski World Days
Richard Tognetti / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
28.01
Sat.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Nieskończone przemijanie
Francesco Bottigliero / Alessanro Deljavan
11.02
Sat.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Violoncelles, vibrez!
Jonathan Swensen / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
25.02
Sat.
6:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall, reversed stage
Organ & Strings
Mari Fukumoto / NFM Leopodlinum Orchestra
12.03
Sun.
6:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Goldberg Variations
Alexander Sitkovetsky / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
25.03
Sat.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Ad absurdum
Sergei Nakariakov / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
16.04
Sun.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Como el sol e la mar
Łukasz Długosz / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
29.04
Sat.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall

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Joseph Swensen
Artistic Director of NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra

Joseph Swensen is Artistic Director of the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra (Wroclaw), Conductor Emeritus of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and Artistic Partner of the Northwest Sinfonietta (USA). A sought-after pedagogue, Joseph Swensen teaches conducting, violin and chamber music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. He has previously served as Principal Guest Conductor & Artistic Adviser of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris (2009-2012), Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (1996-2005) and Principal Conductor of Malmö Opera (2005-2011).

Contact
Agata Adamczyk
Manager of NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra

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