The eminent Polish conductor Jacek Kaspszyk has been Music and Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra since the 2013/14 season. One of Poland’s foremost conductors, he has previously held positions as Artistic Director of the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic, Music Director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and of the Polish National Opera. Further afield, he has been Principal Conductor and Music Advisor of the Nord Nederlands Orkest from 1991 to 1995. Since January 2015 he is also Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Beethoven Academy Orchestra in Krakow.
Since his early success at the Karajan Conducting Competition in Berlin in 1977, Jacek Kaspszyk has conducted many major orchestras throughout the world including Berlin Philharmonic, Bayerischer Rundfunk, RSO Berlin, Orchestra de Paris, Vienna Symphony, the Oslo, Stockholm, Rotterdam and Czech Philharmonics, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, with whom he toured Australia. He has worked with all the major London orchestras, the BBC Orchestras (including at the BBC Proms), as well as the Royal Scottish National and Hallé Orchestras.
In the 2016/17 season, he takes the Warsaw Philharmonic to the USA for a 14-concert tour including concerts in New York’s Alice Tully Hall and San Francisco’s Davies Hall. His guest conducting includes concerts with Yomiuri Nippon and Lahti Symphony Orchestras as well as his debut with the Symphony Orchestra of India. He enjoys a regular relationship with the China Philharmonic, Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras and will return to China for concerts with all three orchestras in April 2017, in repertoire including works by Szymanowski and Lutoslawski.
Some recent highlights include extensive tours of Germany and the UK with Warsaw Philharmonic. They have also toured China, Taiwan and Japan last season. Kaspszyk regularly appears at major summer Festivals such as La Roque d’Anthéron, Chopin and his Europe, Kissinger Sommer and the Lugano Festival. He has also recently conducted the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Prague Spring Festival, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife as well as the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra. In April 2016, he returned to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, conducting a programme of Szymanowski and Schoenberg’s arrangement of Brahms’ String Quartet op. 25, and has immediately been reinvited to return to Liverpool for October 2017.
In opera, Kaspszyk has worked at renowned opera houses including the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Opéra Comique in Paris, Opéras de Lyon and Bordeaux, English National Opera, Zurich Opera, and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. He has also worked with the Lithuanian National Opera, whose acclaimed productions of Strauss’ Salome and Wagner’s Die Walküre he has conducted at festivals in Ljubljana and Ravenna and at the Israeli Opera Tel Aviv. Most recently, he has conducted Szymanowski’s King Roger at the Staatstheater Nürnberg in an acclaimed new production.
Jacek Kaspszyk is widely represented on CD; His recording of Lutoslawski’s Symphonies No 2 & 4 with the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic received the 2011 Fryderyk award for the category: Album of the Year, Symphonic and Concert Music. Kaspszyk has also made a groundbreaking recording of Szymanowski’s King Roger with Polish National Opera. He enjoys a regular collaboration with Martha Argerich, conducting at the annual Progetto Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano and their Mozart performance on EMI (2012) featured at number 2 in the Classical Charts. The two artists also feature on a 2010 EMI Classics Chopin CD.
Jacek Kaspszyk recently received the prestigious Elgar Medal in recognition of his many fine performances of Elgar's works, joining distinguished colleagues like Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrew Litton and Leonard Slatkin. Following an all Lutoslawski programme for the Warsaw Autumn Festival in October 2013, he was also awarded the Lutoslawski Medal.