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NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra

Artistic Director:
Alexander Sitkovetsky

Principal guest conductor:
Joseph Swensen

Over the forty years of its activity, the orchestra has achieved a significant position on the Polish music scene, it has also learned various methods of leading an ensemble and developed its own approach to music, combining emotional sound with clarity of texture. Critics highlight these features of the orchestra’s playing, appreciating the performances also for their extraordinary expressiveness. From the beginning, the orchestra was led by outstanding violinists/directors:  Karol Teutsch, Jan Stanienda and his longtime concertmaster, Zbigniew Szufłat.

Initially, it focused on the Classical and even Baroque repertoire, later expanding it to music of the 20th century. Under the direction of another superb artist, Ernst Kovacic, the orchestra began exploring the niches of 20th-century music.
CD recordings, among which albums with works by Ernst Křenek (Capriccio and Toccata Classics), Leoš Janáček (DUX) and string transcriptions of Alban Berg’s works (Berg by Arrangement, Toccata Classics; recognized by The Sunday Times as one of the best albums of the year) and with Bach’s Kunst der Fuge (CD Accord). Enthusiastic reviews were also given to the two latest albums with Christian Danowicz as the leader – Made in Poland (DUX) and Supernova (CD Accord), recorded together with the Atom String Quartet and honoured with the Fryderyk 2018 and 2019 awards. The first album recorded under the direction of Joseph Swensen was released in 2020 - featuring works by Debussy and Tchaikovsky. The album was nominated for a Fryderyk 2021.

In the years 2014–2017, Hartmut Rohde, a violist and lecturer at the Universität der Künste Berlin, was artistic director of the orchestra; he concentrated on the interpretation of Romantic works. Joseph Swensen, who took over as artistic director on 1 September 2017, has expanded the ensemble’s repertoire with both classical and recent works. Since September 2023 the position of artistic director of the orchestra has been held by Brittish violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky.

The NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra has performed in the most important venues of Europe, such as the Barbican Centre in London, Philharmonie, Konzerthaus and Schauspielhaus in Berlin, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Tivolis Concertsal in Copenhagen, Teatro Victoria Eugenia in San Sebastián, as well as during the most important European festivals, among others: Muziekfestival West-Brabant in the Netherlands, Bodenseefestival and Weilburger Schlosskonzerte in Germany, Echternach in Luxembourg, Pablo Casals Festival, Festival du Périgord Noir in France, Estoril in Portugal, Flanders Festival and Europalia in Belgium, International Festival Wratislavia Cantans and Musica Polonica Nova in Wrocław, Poland, as well as the International Festival of Contemporary Music “Warsaw Autumn”.

The NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra has collaborated with recognized artists, such as: Krzysztof Penderecki, Piotr Anderszewski, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Reinhard Goebel, Daniel Hope, Richard Tognetti, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Kolja Blacher, Radek Baborák, Sergei Nakariakov, Daniel Müller-Schott, Tedi Papavrami, Tasmin Little, Heinz Holliger, András Schiff, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Bartłomiej Nizioł, and Krzysztof and Jakub Jakowicz.

Virtuoso Strings
Joseph Swensen / NFM Orkiestra Leopoldinum
02.06
Sun.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Mischa Maisky & NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
Zakończenie sezonu
15.06
Sat.
6:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra in Denmark
Vendsyssel Festival
02.07
Tue.
7:30 PM
Denmark, Hjørring, Sct. Catharinæ Church
Emigrants
Sułkowska-Migoń / Kubas-Kruk / Leopoldinum
07.09
Sat.
7:00 PM
Wrocław, Aula Leopoldina
Emmanuel Pahud & NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra Season Opening
19.10
Sat.
6:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Orawa
Alexander Sitkovetsky / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
08.11
Fri.
7:30 PM
NFM, Red Hall
The Cello Effect
Andreas Brantelid / NFM Leopoldium Orchestra
01.12
Sun.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Saint Nicolas Cantata
15th Anniversary of the NFM Boys' Choir
06.12
Fri.
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Kraggerud and Mozart
Henning Kraggerud / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
10.01
Fri.
7:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Nigun
Elena Bashkirova / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
25.01
Sat.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Atom String Quartet & NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
 
16.02
Sun.
6:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
A Simple Symphony
Timothy Ridout / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
22.02
Sat.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Australian Chamber Orchestra & NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
 
16.03
Sun.
6:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Gratitude
Joseph Swensen / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
29.03
Sat.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Metamorphoses
Alexander Sitkovetsky / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
05.04
Sat.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Seven Last Words from the Cross
Andrzej Kosendiak / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
16.04
Wed.
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Lorenza Borrani & NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
 
11.05
Sun.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Giovanni Sollima & Cello Chronicles
NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra Season Finale
13.06
Fri.
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Alexander Sitkovetsky
Artistic Director of NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra

Alexander Sitkovetsky was born into a family with a well-established musical tradition. He made his concerto debut at the age of eight, and the same year moved to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School where he is now an Associate Artist. Lord Menuhin was his inspiration throughout his school years, and they performed together on several occasions.

 
Filharmonia Pana Kleksa
Chóry Dziecięce NFM / NFM Orkiestra Leoopoldinum
Debussy / Tchaikovsky
Joseph Swensen / NFM Orkiestra Leopoldinum
Światło zimowej nocy
Chór NFM / NFM Orkiestra Leopoldinum / Chór Chłopiecy NFM
Moniuszko inaczej śpiewany
Chóry Akademii Chóralnej / NFM Orkiestra Leopoldinum
Supernova
NFM Orkiestra Leoopldinum / Atom String Quartet
Made in Poland
NFM Orkiestra Leopoldinum, Atom String Quartet
Berg by Arrangement – Music for Strings
Ernst Kovacic / NFM Orkiestra Leopoldinum
The Art Of Fugue
Ernst Kovacic / NFM Orkiestra Leopoldinum
Beethoven, Schoenberg
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
NFM Orkiestra Leopoldinum
Ubi caritas
Witold Lutosławski | Opera Omnia 03
Ernst Kovacic, NFM Orkiestra Leopoldinum
Leoš Janáček. Chamber works
Ernst Kovacic / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
Videos
Joseph Swensen / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
Andrzej Kosendiak / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
Tomasz Daroch
Grand Tango
Christian Danowicz / Capriccio Beltz
Marcin Misiak / Alfredo Piatti Twelve Caprices for cello solo, Op. 25
Contact
Agata Adamczyk
Manager of NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
NFM Wrocław Philharmonic
Wrocław Baroque Orchestra
Wrocław Baroque Ensemble
West Side Sinfonietta
NFM Choir
NFM Boys' Choir
NFM Girls' Choir
Lutosławski Quartet
LutosAir Quintet
Polish Cello Quartet

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