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Director

Andrzej Kosendiak

Director of the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, conductor and teacher, one of the most active musicians and promoters in Poland. In 1985, he founded the ensemble Collegio di Musica Sacra; he has also established the NFM Choir, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Boys’ Choir
NFM and Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble (of which he is artistic director). He has been the initiator of the creation of new festivals, such as Forum Musicum and Leo Festival.

He regularly conducts the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, the NFM Choir, the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra and philharmonic ensembles across Poland and around the world. He has performed in many countries in Europe, the USA and in China. He has recorded previously unknown works from the University Library in Wrocław and the Library in Strasbourg, as well as works by G.G. Gorczycki (Wrocław Music Prize), B. Pękiel and M. Mielczewski; most of these records were nominated for the Fryderyk Award, and in 2019 a Fryderyk was awarded to the Mielczewski II album (‘Album of the Year – Early Music’). The following albums with early Polish music include compositions by S.S. Szarzyński and M.J. Żebrowski.

Andrzej Kosendiak has initiated numerous educational projects, including the Musica Polonica Rediviva project, whose aim is to encourage young artists around the world to perform Polish music with the support of conservatoires and festivals, as well as the development programme for school choirs – Singing Poland.

He has initiated the series of recordings 1000 Years of Music in Wrocław and Witold Lutosławski. Opera omnia – in 2018, the seventh part of the Lutosławski series, containing songs for children, was released under his direction. In the same year, a record with S. Moniuszko’s Phantoms was released under his direction – it received a Fryderyk 2019 in the category ‘Album of the Year – Choral, Oratorio and Opera Music’. Among the many awards and distinctions granted to Kosendiak are the Award of the Mayor of Wrocław (2016), Lower Silesian Key of Success in the category ‘The Greatest Personality in the Promotion of the Region’ (2016), awards of Radio Wrocław Kutura – Emotions in the categories ‘Personality of the Cultural Season’ (2017) and ‘Classical Music’ (2018), Austrian Honorary 1st Class Cross for Merit in Science and Art (2018), Diamond of Wrocław (2018) and Honorary Badge of Meritorious Service to the Lower Silesian Voivodship (2018).

Andrzej Kosendiak is a professor at the at the K. Lipiński Academy of Music. He was the initiator and coordinator of the construction of a state-of-the-art concert venue of the National Forum of Music in Wrocław.

 

History

The first Polish Orchestra, post-World War II, was established in Wrocław by emigrant musicians from various parts of Poland after the downfall of the Festung Breslau, ended by the siege or Battle of Breslau, in 1945. These musicians established an orchestral ensemble under the direction of Stefan Syryłło and they began rehearsing in the Spring of 1945. Their first concert took place on June 29, 1945, opening solemnly with Chopin’s Polonaise in A major. The Orchestra inaugurated their first regular concert season on August 7th of the same year. Syryłło designated the orchestra on concert bills and in formal correspondence as ‘the Philharmonic’ although, the ensemble also served as the Opera orchestra and had never agreed on an official name. Nonetheless, the orchestra was referred to in later histories of Wrocław's cultural life as ‘the first Philharmonic’. Following its formulation, many accomplished Polish artists were invited to perform as guests with the Wrocław Philharmonic, among them, Ewa Bandrowska-Turska, Zbigniew Drzewiecki, Henryk Sztompka, Irena Dubiska and Eugenia Umińska. Stanisław Skrowaczewski was appointed associate conductor of the ensemble in 1946. The following season Kazimierz Wiłkomirski took over as its director. With Wiłkomirski at the helm, the Philharmonic continued to invite prominent Polish soloists to perform with the ensemble and began collaborations with international artists like Rafael Kubelík and Václav Smetáček, cellist Daniel Shafran, pianist Pavel Serebryakov, and bassist Paul Robeson. In 1949 the Wrocław Opera became a state institution and the orchestra was obliged to perform only opera repertoire, thus from 1949-1953, the 'Philharmonic' orchestra was absent from Wrocław’s cultural life.

Recordings

All CDs released by the National Forum of Music are sold by:

  • NFM SHOP during our concerts in the foyer
  • in the box office of the National Forum of Music
  • in selected music stores and in EMPIK bookstores

We also run distant sales.
You can place your orders at shop@nfm.wroclaw.pl
Shop coordinator’s mobile phone: +48 728 939 173

Awards

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Giovanni Antonini
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Andrzej Kosendiak
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Paul McCreesh
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Piotr Turkiewicz for Jazztopad Festival
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Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny
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Tomasz Dobrzański
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Jacek Kaspszyk
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International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
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Jazztopad Festival
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Benjamin Britten War Requiem 1962
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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Elijah 1846
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Hector Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts 1837
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Bella mia fiamma…Mozart Concert Arias
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NFM Choir
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The Salzburg Marian Mass
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Litanies of Ostra Brama
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Gorczycki II – Andrzej Kosendiak
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Gorczycki – Andrzej Kosendiak
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Folk Love: Miłość na ludowo
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Berg by Arrangement – Music for Strings
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Krenek: Music For Chamber Orchestra
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Lutosławski Mykietyn String Quartets
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Leoš Janáček Chamber Works
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Witold Lutosławski Opera Omnia 06
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Witold Lutosławski Opera Omnia 05
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Witold Lutosławski Opera Omnia 04
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Witold Lutosławski Opera Omnia 03
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Witold Lutosławski Opera Omnia 02
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Witold Lutosławski Opera Omnia 01
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Benjamin Britten War Requiem 1962
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Hector Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts 1837
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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Elijah 1846
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FourTune. Polish flute quartets
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The seeds of stars
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Bononcini: Stabat Mater. Arias
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Musica Gratulatoria
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Petrus Wilhelmi de Grudencz Muzyka XV wieku
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Bella mia fiamma…Mozart Concert Arias
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Słowa dźwiękiem malowane
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Vivaldi & Piazzolla – Eight Seasons
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Lutosławski Quartet - Bridge
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The Art Of Fugue
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Joseph Haydn – Symphonies
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Hanna Kulenty Music 4
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Franz Xaver Richter - Messa Pastorale
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Koželuh, Rejcha, Voríšek - Symphonies
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J. Haydn – Symfonie londyńskie nr 102 i 10
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Symphonic Elegy Ernst Krenek
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Strawiński: Pulcinella
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Beethoven-Schoenberg

Kontakt

Monika Łapka
Monika Łapka
mobile: +48 601 734 123

Kontakt

Ewa Dymek-Kuś
Ewa Dymek-Kuś
Menedżer zespołu

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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.