Stage 4 – Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra
One of the most famous and recognised Polish symphonic ensembles, the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra performs at major music centres at home and abroad. It has toured almost all European countries, and performed at several major international music festivals, such as Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, Wratislavia Cantans or Bergen Festival. The main symphonic orchestra of the Poznańska Wiosna Muzyczna [Poznań Music Spring] festival, it often gives première performances of pieces by contemporary Polish and foreign composers. In existence since 1947, the ensemble has performed with such world-famous conductors, as Christopher Hogwood, Reinhard Goebel, Sir Neville Marriner, Paul McCreesh, Stanisław Skrowaczewski or Carlo Zecchi, and with such illustrious soloists, as Martha Argerich, Piotr Beczała, Rafał Blechacz, Helen Donath, Jean Fournier, Ida Haendel, Philippe Jaroussky, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Aleksandra Kurzak, Witold Małcużyński, Garrick Ohlsson, David and Igor Oistrakhs, Gerhrad Oppitz, Ewa Podleś, Maurizio Pollini, Samuel Ramey, Vadim Repin, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Artur Rubinstein, Maxim Vengerov, Wanda Wiłkomirska, or Krystian Zimerman.
The PPO has made numerous recordings for the radio and television, as well as for such record labels, as Sony Classical, Polmusic, Wichtel Records, Polskie Nagrania, Muza, Largo Records, Dux, CD Accord, or Naxos. The ensemble’s Music Director is Marek Pijarowski (appointed in the 2007/2008 artistic season), and Łukasz Borowicz holds the position of its First Guest Conductor.