Wojciech Rodek (ENG)
General Director of the Lublin Philharmonic
Conductor, born in 1977 in Brzeg. He started to learn to play the piano at the age of eight at the Primary State Music School in Namysłów, and continued his music education at the Secondary State Music School in Wrocław. In 2003, he graduated from the Academy of Music in Wrocław completing a master’s programme in conducting under the supervision of professor Marek Pijarowski. In 2000, he made his conducting debut with the Symphony Orchestra of the Academy. He also completed a master’s programme in Slavonic Studies at the University of Wrocław. Moreover, he studied in The Pushkin State Russian Language Institute in Moscow. In 2005, after winning the competition, he was appointed an assistant conductor of Maestro Antoni Wit at the Warsaw Philharmonic, where he worked from 2005 to 2007. Currently, he teaches conducting at the Academy of Music in Wrocław. He holds a degree of Doctor of Musical Arts. In 2002, he won the second prize at the 3rd Witold Lutosławski Young Conductor Contest in Białystok. In 2011, he received the Jan Kiepura Theatre Award in the field of Music in the Best conductor category. In 2015, he was awarded the Medal for Merit to Culture - Gloria Artis.
Since 2005, he has collaborated with the Lublin Philharmonic as a conductor and artistic director. He worked as a music director at the Music Theatre in Gliwice, as an artistic director of the Lower Silesia Philharmonic, and artistic director of Grand Theatre in Łódź.
He has worked with numerous distinguished symphony music ensembles, including the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, NOSPR (Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra), Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, philharmonic orchestras in Gdańsk, Koszalin, Szczecin, Poznań, Bydgoszcz, Białystok, Kielce, Łódź, Zielona Góra, Wrocław, Opole, Wałbrzych, Katowice, Rzeszów, Cracow, Lviv, Verona, orchestras in Toruń, Płock, Łomża, and chamber music ensembles, such as Capella Bydgostiensis, Capella Cracoviensis, NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra. He cooperates on a regular basis with Ankara Presidential Symphony Orchestra, Antalya State Symphony Orchestra, Bursa Regional Symphony Orchestra, Izmir State Symphony Orchestra, European Johann Strauss Orchestra, INSO-Lviv, Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Camerata Bucharest, JanáčekPhilharmonic Orchestra Ostrava. He has performed with outstanding soloists (to include Rafał Blechacz, Konstanty A. Kulka, Tomasz Strahl, Idil Biret, Ingolf Wunder, Michael Vaiman, Olga Rusina, Alexandre Dubach, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Marcin Zdunik, Paweł Wakarecy, Gavriel Lipkind, Lukas Geniusas, Jakub Jakowicz, Johannes Moser, Gautier Capucon, Gulsin Onay, Alexander Markov).
Wojciech Rodek prepared many premiere performances for Theatre Montansier in Versailles, “Capitol” Music Theatre in Wrocław, Wratislavia Cantans festival, Music Theatre in Gliwice (including Andrew Lippa’s The Addams Family – for which he received the 2015 Jan Kiepura Theatre Award for best performance), Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera, Grand Theatre in Łódź. He continues to cooperate with the Wrocław Opera. He has performed in the most prestigious concert halls across Europe and China: in Basel, Bern, Dresden, Hamburg, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Zurich, Beijing, Shanghai, and many more. He participated in internationally renowned festivals, such as “Wratislavia Cantans”, “Xantener Sommerfestspiele”, “Sinfonia Varsovia To Its City”, “Virtuosos” in Lviv, Peter Tchaikovsky and Nadezhda von Meck International Festival in Vinnytsya.
His CD output includes albums recorded with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, or NOSPR. He directed the recording of soundtracks to such films as “Zamiana” [Interchange], with music by M. Mirowski; “ENEN”, with music by B. Gliński; “City Island”, with music by J.A.P. Kaczmarek; “Get Low”, with music by J.A.P. Kaczmarek; and the last album by Przemysław Gintrowski.