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Artists

Music Director of l’Opéra de Marseille. He was appointed to the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, beginning in September 2019.

conductor Lawrence Foster

Previously, he has been the music director of Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, Orchestre philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Gulbenkian Orchestra among others. One of the most sought-after conductors of our time, Mr. Foster has been invited as guest conductor by many of the world’s leading orchestras and has frequently appeared at major festivals including the Lucerne and Grafenegg Festivals. In addition, he is an accomplished opera conductor and has appeared with major opera companies throughout the world. His opera productions at the Opéra de Marseille have received the widest critical acclaim.

Winner of the 7th International Piano Competition in San Marino and the winner of all contest prizes.

soloist Łukasz Krupiński

In October 2015 Łukasz found himself in the prestigious group of the best 20 pianists of the 17th Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition. In 2017 artist’s debut album Espressione was released. Album has been nominated for the International Music Classical Awards 2018 and receives excellent reviews e.g.: Gramophone Magazine, MDR Kultur, Radio Luxembourg and Radio France. Lukasz Krupiński performed in Europe, Russia, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia and in the United States. Currently he has been a student of Professor Arie Vardi at Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media.

tutor Jan Stanieda /violin

tutor Jan Stanieda /violin

Polish violinist and chamber musician. He graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw, where he studied in the class of violin supervised by Professor Krzysztof Jakowicz. Since 1975, Jan Stanieda has been a member of the Polish Chamber Orchestra under Jerzy Maksymiuk. In 1977, he became its concertmaster and soloist.

tutor ARTUR ROZMYSŁOWICZ /viola

tutor ARTUR ROZMYSŁOWICZ /viola

Absolwent Uniwersytetu Fryderyka Chopina w Warszawie w klasie altówki prof. Błażeja Sroczyńskiego. W latach 2004-2006 stypendysta Guildhall School of Music and Drama w Londynie w klasie mistrzowskiej prof. Jacka Glickmana. Członek Lutoslawski Quartet, którego płyta została nominowana do nagrody "Fryderyk" 2009 i 2016. Prowadzący grupę altówek w Orkiestrze Symfonicznej NFM.
Jako kameralista zapraszany zarówno na festiwale teatralne (m.in. Edingurgh Festival Fringe, Sesc Belenzinho Sao Paolo) jak i muzyczne (m.in. Festiwal Beethovenowski, Chopin i Jego Europa, Jazztopad, Łańcuch). Występował w większości krajów Europy, także Azji oraz obu Ameryk.

tutor ŁUKASZ FRANT /cello

tutor ŁUKASZ FRANT /cello

Łukasz Frant - wiolonczelista - solista i kameralista, od 2004 koncertmistrz wiolonczel Narodowej Orkiestry Symfonicznej Polskiego Radia w Katowicach.
Jako solista występował m.in. z NOSPR, Filharmonią Śląską, Filharmonią Zielonogórską, orkiestrą kameralną AUKSO, Filharmonią Zabrzańską, Filharmonią Rybnicką. Regularnie koncertuje jako solista i kameralista w kraju i za granicą.​ W roku 2004, w wieku 22 lat, Łukasz Frant został koncertmistrzem Narodowej Orkiestry Symfonicznej Polskiego Radia, którą to funkcję sprawuje do dziś, występując pod batutą światowej sławy dyrygentów, m.in.: S. Skrowaczewski, J. Semkow, K. Penderecki, L. Foster, H. Soudant, G. Guerrero, G. Chmura, C. Arming, A. Liebreich, J. Kaspszyk, J. Maksymiuk i wielu innych.

tutor ARTUR KASPEREK /bassoon

tutor ARTUR KASPEREK /bassoon

He cooperates with Sinfonia Helvetica, Concerto Avenna, Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble de Narol, Sinfonia Varsovia, New Art Ensamble, Gruppo di Tempera and with such conductors as: Lorin Maazel, Valery Giergiev, Claudio Abbado, Christoph Eschenbach and Jerzy Semkow. He is the brass instruments section leader in the National Opera and a soloist in Sinfonietta Cracovia and the National Polish Radio Symphonic Orchestra. Co-founder and the first bassoon player of the Varsovia quartet. Performs with the Varsovia Nova quintet. He is an active teacher, conducts bassoon seminars and workshops and acts as a member of jury at numerous competitions. In 2012, he earned his PhD and became an Assistant Professor at The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.

tutor TOMASZ BIŃKOWSKI /french horn

tutor TOMASZ BIŃKOWSKI /french horn

Since 1993, he has been the first French horn player in the Warsaw Chamber Opera. He has cooperated and performed with Menuhin Festival Orchestra led by Lord Yehudi Menuhin as well as with the Penderecki Festival Orchestra led by Krzysztof Penderecki. In 1998, he signed a contract as the first French horn player in the international orchestra Philharmonie der Nationen directed by Justus Frantz. He is a co-founder of the brass quintet Chamberbrass. Currently, he is the first French horn player and the soloist of The Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw.

tutor JAN KOTULA /bass

tutor JAN KOTULA /bass

Orchestra

Concerts

26.03.2018
Warszawa

Filharmonia Narodowa

Zygmunt Noskowski
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Piotr Czajkowski

The Steppe op. 66
Polish Fantasy for piano and orchestra, Op. 19
Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 29

Conductor:
Piano:

Lawrence Foster
Łukasz Krupiński

27.03.2018
Poznań

Aula Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu

Zygmunt Noskowski
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Piotr Czajkowski

The Steppe op. 66
Polish Fantasy for piano and orchestra, Op. 19
Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 29

Conductor:
Piano:

Lawrence Foster
Łukasz Krupiński

28.03.2018
Łódź

Filharmonia Łódzka im. Artura Rubinsteina

Zygmunt Noskowski
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Piotr Czajkowski

The Steppe op. 66
Polish Fantasy for piano and orchestra, Op. 19
Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 29

Conductor:
Piano:

Lawrence Foster
Łukasz Krupiński

About the project

The Santander Orchestra project has been initiated by Bank Zachodni WBK and MyWay Foundation with the support of the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music. It offers a unique opportunity for artists from around the country to practise their skills under the tutelage of renowned conductors, musicians and lecturers from Poland and abroad.

Since 2015, the young artists have performed under the baton of Krzysztof Penderecki, John Axelrod and Jerzy Maksymiuk in the most prestigious and modern concert halls in Poland, such as the concert halls of the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Polish Radio Symphonic Orchestra in Katowice.  At the special invitation of Elżbieta Penderecka, the orchestra performed as part of the 20th Ludvig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Lusławice and Warsaw.

In autumn 2016, these gifted artists recorded their first album, featuring the works of Fryderyk Chopin and Antonín Dvořák. The musicians played under the baton of José Maria Florêncio and were accompanied by a talented pianist, Krzysztof Książek. The album, whose release was promoted with a concert held on 30 November 2016 in the National Concert Hall, is available on CDs and via popular digital music services (e.g. Spotify).

As part of their preparations for concerts, the participants attended a series of workshops organised in the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Luslawice, including coaching sessions and classes on self-presentation, media communication and finance.

Out of over 300 artists who applied for the third edition of the project, 125 were finally admitted. The masterclasses, which were the core part of the Santander Orchestra Academy, were complemented with theoretical lectures on social media, public relations, copyright and savoir vivre. Special guest lecturers included: Piotr Metz, the music director of Polish Radio Three, and Rafał Masny, co-founder of the Abstra.tv Youtube channel. The classes took place at BZ WBK Relationship Centre in Warsaw and lasted from the end of September to mid-December 2017.

Partners


Partners

MyWay Foundation

The MyWay Foundation established in 2013 focuses on supporting young talented classical musicians in their professional career. In the first year of the activity, the Foundation took care of four outstanding musicians, the students at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. For several months, a flutist Jennyfer Fouani, violinists Agata Nowak and Magdalena Langman and a saxophonist Szymon Zawodny have been professionally supported by the Foundation thereby receiving training and workshops on,

amongst others, copyrights management, finance, motivation and stress management. Apart from such support, they also received individual, multimedia portfolios with professional recordings, biography, videos, professional photo shoots and an internet website. Today this is a basic set of marketing tools that facilitates the start of career at the music market.

Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music

A unique project at an international scale - the first of this kind centre for the development of young music talents in Poland and in Europe. The centre is a meeting place for talented artists, young musicians and renowned teachers, as well as a place to share experience, study in group and develop. The idea behind this unique centre was to create conditions that would allow for comparison with peers and contact with unquestionable authorities of the Polish and the European music world.

The centre beats with music all year round by inviting artists and audiences to concerts, festivals, trainings, seminars, meetings and music workshops. The Lusławice facilities include, among others, a concert hall for 650 people, education part which comprises individual and team training rooms, a library and a guest part with a living section for the participants of the programme - teachers and young artists. The architecture of the modern Centre is an integral part of the environment and an ideal place for creative activity.

Patron

Bank Zachodni WBK is ranked 3 in the Polish banking sector. It belongs to Santander Group, one of the major financial institutions in the world and the largest financial institution in the Eurozone. It owes its strengthening position to good products, innovation and continuous brand building, as well as to constant striving at perfection in relationship with the customers. The Group does not limit their actions to promoting their business activity.

It also supports local communities and acts in favour of the Polish education, culture and the national heritage via such programmes as Santander Universidades or "Here I live, here I make changes." The Bank was also a patron of the exhibition "Od Cranacha do Picassa. Kolekcja Santander" (From Cranach to Picasso. The Santander collection") and the plebiscite "Ludzie Wolności" (People of Freedom). It is also the Patron of the XVII International Chopin Piano Competition.

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