CHÓR FILHARMONII NARODOWEJ (WARSAW PHILHARMONIC CHOIR) International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn

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The Warsaw Philharmonic Choir began its professional artistic activity in 1953 under the direction of Zbigniew Soja. Its successive choirmasters were Roman Kuklewicz (1955–71), Józef Bok (1971–74), Antoni Szaliński (1974–78), and Henryk Wojnarowski (1978–2016); since January 2017, the post has been held by Bartosz Michałowski. 

The Choir has performed in the most important centres of European music life along with major orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic (2013). Highlights of the Choir’s career include appearances in opera productions at Milan’s La Scala, Vernice’s La Fenice, and the opera houses of Pesaro, Palermo, and Paris. The singers also took part in three gala concerts for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.
The Warsaw Philharmonic Choir has sung under leading oncductors such as Gary Bertini, Andrzej Boreyko, Sergiu Comissiona, Henryk Czyż, Jacek Kaspszyk, Kazimierz Kord, Jan Krenz, Lorin Maazel, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Zubin Mehta, Grzegorz Nowak, Seiji Ozawa, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Simon Rattle, Witold Rowicki, Jerzy Semkow, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Leopold Stokowski, Igor Stravinsky, Stanisław Wisłocki, Antoni Wit, and Bohdan Wodiczko. 

The Warsaw Philharmonic Choir’s vast repertoire comprises more than 400 large-scale vocal-instrumental and unaccompanied works from the Middle Ages to the present day. Polish music, especially the works of Krzysztof Penderecki, takes pride of place in this repertoire. The Choir has performed all of Penderecki’s largescale vocal-instrumental and unaccompanied works. For the first CD in the Penderecki Conducts Penderecki series, the Choir won a Grammy Award in 2017 in the Best Choral Performance category, The Choir’s recordings have won six Grammy nominations (five for Penderecki’s music, one for Szymanowski), as well as a Fryderyk Award (for Moniuszko’s Masses, vol. 1, 2009) and the Orphée d’Or – Prix Arturo Toscanini of the French Académie du Disque Lyrique (Masses, vol. 2, 2010). The Choir has also won Fryderyk Awards in 2011, 2018, and 2020.