The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra
The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra commenced its activities in December 1944. Its beginnings go back to numerous chamber and solo concerts given by musicians who after World War II established their ties with Lublin. The repertoire and artistic considerations, as well as the joy of making music together, led to a premiere chamber music concert, held on February 10, 1945 in the hall of the Music Society. This concert gave the impulse to extend the orchestra and a classical music gala was held on May 18 of the same year – which was at the same time the first symphony concert in post-war Poland. The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra has gone on many concert tours. Performances in Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Germany, South Korea, Denmark and Ukraine were acclaimed both by the critics and the public. The orchestra participated in numerous international festivals and Franco Ferrara Conductors’ Seminar in Siena. The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic is the largest music institution in eastern Poland. It is visited not only by local music-lovers, but by cosmopolitan Polish and international patrons alike. This is a place where you can enjoy art of the highest quality. The Philharmonic offers symphony concerts, recitals, organ and chamber music soirées performed by the most prominent Polish musicians and internationally acclaimed artists.
Lublin is the city where Poland and Lithuania were united into a single state by concluding the famous Union of Lublin in 1569, which served as
a model for the treaty of the European Union. From the Middle Ages, Lublin was a gateway connecting East and West of Europe. It was a place where the Christian and Jewish worlds functioned side by side. After Poland regained its independence, the most important religious universities were established here: Catholic University of Lublin and Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva. An event of remarkable importance was the election of Cardinal Karol Wojtyła (since 1954, the head of the Chair of Ethics in the Department of Christian Philosophy at the Catholic University of Lublin) as Pope John Paul II. Lublin is also the birthplace of one of the greatest Polish composers, Henryk Wieniawski. The International Competition for Young Violinists in Honor of Karol Lipinski and Henryk Wieniawski was the starting point for a world career of the greatest violinists of today: Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Ilya Gringolts, Daishin Kashimoto.
The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic is currently managed by Maestro Wojciech Rodek, Director and Principal Conductor, and Zuzanna Dziedzic, Deputy Director. Since 1944 until today, The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic has attracted a glittering list of prominent conductors, such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Antoni Wit, Kazimierz Kord, Philippe Herreweghe, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Jan Krenz, and soloists: Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Wanda Wiłkomirska, Nigel Kennedy, Eugen Indjic, Rafał Blechacz, Kevin Kenner, Ingolf Wunder, Yulianna Avdeeva, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Roman Lasocki, Piotr Pławner, Bartłomiej Nizioł, Tomasz Strahl, Lukas Geniušas, Corina Marti, Vadim Brodski, Ilya Grubert, Georgijs Osokins and many others. Huge repertoire of the Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra encompasses compositions from Baroque to contemporary music. Concert programs include works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner, Wieniawski, Bruckner, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Stravinsky, Scriabin, Shostakovich, Lutosławski, Penderecki, and many others. The discography of the Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra consists of many albums featuring outstanding artists.
The Orchestra’s upcoming plans include numerous concerts with Polish music, and recording of works by Józef Wieniawski and Władysław Żeleński. Foreign tours constitute a particularly important part of the schedule. In December 2021, the Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a series of concerts in Prague, whereas between January and March 2022, it will go on a US Tour, which is the longest tour in its history. The orchestra will be accompanied by prize-winners of the Chopin International Piano Competition and Wieniawski International Violin Competition in the years 2006-2010.