AUKSO - Orkiestra Kameralna Miasta Tychy International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn

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Founded by a group of graduates from the Katowice Academy of Music and by Marek Moś – an eminent violinist, conductor and chamber musician – AUKSO performs repertoire ranging from the classics to contemporary, with particular focus on Polish music. Composers such as Wojciech Kilar, Zbigniew Bujarski, Aleksander Lasoń, Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil, Piotr Moss, and Cezary Duchnowski have entrusted the Orchestra with the task of presenting the world premieres of their new compositions. AUKSO’s highly regarded interpretations of Polish music include numerous albums of works by Grażyna Bacewicz, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Witold Lutosławski, Wojciech Kilar, Zbigniew Preisner, and others. The Orchestra has also scored successes with its recordings of film music by, among others, Elliot Goldenthal, as well as soundtracks for computer games. Recent recordings include Fryderyk-nominated albums comprising Aleksander Nowak and Szczepan Twardoch’s Silesian triptych: Drach. Dramma per musicaSiren. Melodrama aeterna (Fryderyk 2022), and Pokora. Dramma giocoso (Anaklasis). AUKSO’s album in the series Chopin. The National Edition (BeArTon), recorded with pianist Janusz Olejniczak, won the 2011 Fryderyk Award of the Polish Phonographic Academy for the Best Recording of Polish Music. AUKSO musicians take special interest in crossover projects, combining classical music with jazz, alternative music, and rock, attempting to find a common denominator for all these genres or conversely – playing with and clashing opposed, separate types of musical language. In this field, AUKSO has performed with such artists as Leszek Możdżer, Tomasz Stańko, Urszula Dudziak, Michał Urbaniak, Voo Voo, Kapela ze Wsi Warszawa, and Motion Trio. 

AUKSO boasts numerous excellent collaborations with artists of such calibre as Jerzy Maksymiuk, Marc Minkowski, Rudolf Barshai, Howard Shelley, Jacek Kaspszyk, Władysław Kłosiewicz, Daniele Alberti, Piotr Anderszewski, Andrzej Bauer, Kaja Danczowska, Agata Szymczewska, Janusz Olejniczak, Olga Pasichnyk, the Hilliard Ensemble, and others. The Orchestra regularly performs at Poland’s most important festivals, such as the Beethoven Easter Festival, Wratislavia Cantans, Warsaw Autumn, Sacrum Profanum, Film Music Festival, Dialogue of Four Cultures Festival, Jazz Jamboree, and International Festival of Stars in Międzyzdroje. Abroad, AUKSO has performed notably at the Barbican Centre, SESC São Paulo, Auditorio y Palacio de Congresos in Zaragoza, Teatro de Caja España-Duero in Salamanca, and the festival Armonie Sotto la Rocca. 

The Orchestra’s regular concerts at the Mediateka in Tychy comprise thematic cycles such as Aukso Modern, Aukso On/Side, Aukso Classics, and others. AUKSODRONE festival, held annually at the Orchestra’s seat, creates a space shared by classical, jazz, and alternative music, as well as a platform for presenting world premieres of many new works by contemporary Polish composers. 

The Orchestra was honoured in 2023 with the title of Cultural Ambassador of the City of Tychy.