Zuzanna Dziedzic (ENG)
Deputy Artistic Director
For 26 years, she was in charge of the Lower Silesia Philharmonic in Jelenia Góra. In this period, she managed to build nearly from scratch a new seat of the Philharmonic with a concert hall, providing the orchestra with excellent conditions for their artistic development. Under her direction, the Philharmonic became the most acknowledged cultural institution in Jelenia Góra and Lower Silesia, and a prominent landmark on the map of music institutions in Poland. As a director, she was very much engaged in local initiatives but also in cross-border cooperation in the Neisse-Nisa-Nysa Euroregion. For many years, she was very successful in obtaining funds for the organisation of concerts with Czech and German partners under EU projects. Concerts performed together with German and Czech choirs and orchestras were held across the entire Euroregion. In addition to her concert related undertakings and extensive activities promoting music among children and youth, she inspired, developed and enhanced cultural events organised periodically by the Lower Silesia Philharmonic she had initiated many years before. These included in particular: Music of Vienna Festival, Theatre Music Festival, International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Children, “Promoted by Stars” Festival and many other. As part of the “Young Philharmonic” programme, she would organise symphony and chamber music concerts, offering young talented musicians an opportunity to perform on a professional classical music stage. She successfully cooperated with music academies, including The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (UMFC) in Warsaw, while organising the “Promoted by Stars” Polish National Festival for twenty years, or International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Children for six years in a row. She received numerous awards and distinctions for her merits. After the new seat of Lower Silesia Philharmonic was put into use in 2004, she was awarded the Golden Cross of Merits. She received a cultural award of the city of Jelenia Góra, as well as the Meritorious for the City of Jelenia Góra title. Her involvement was also appreciated by residents of the city and Jelenia Góra region – she won “Man of the Year 2008” title in the competition announced by the local “Nowiny Jeleniogórskie” weekly. She also received the Grand Prix Award of the Rector of The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, and the “Distinguished Service for UMFC” medal, as well as “Honorary Medal of the University”. In 2010, she was awarded the silver Medal for Merit to Culture - Gloria Artis by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. In 2012, she received a golden badge of honour for “Merits to Lower Silesia Voivodship” awarded by the regional council of Lower Silesia Voivodship, whereas in 2013, she was awarded a Medal of the Association of Polish Music Artists (SPAM) for merits to Polish Music. In 2016, she received the “Golden Key 2016” Cultural Award granted by “Nowiny Jeleniogórskie” weekly for her long-standing commitment to building the brand of Lower Silesia Philharmonic, and for making it one of the most prominent cultural institutions in the region. For two terms (until 2016), he was a member of the Association of Polish Philharmonic Orchestras.