Antoni Wit

Antoni Wit; fot. Juliusz Multarzyński

photo Juliusz Multarzyński

General and Artistic Director of the National Philharmonic from January of 2002 to August 2013. Before, he was the director of the Pomeranian Philharmonic, the Orchestra and Choir of Polish Radio and Television in Cracow, the Great Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra (later the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) (for 18 years) and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria.

Starting in the 2013/2014 season, he will take over the post of chief conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra in Pampeluna.

Antoni Wit graduated in conducting (under the direction of Henryk Czyż) from the State Higher School of Music in Cracow. He also completed the Faculty of Law at the Jagiellonian Universityin Cracow. He began his professional activity as Witold Rowicki’s assistant in the National Philharmonic in Warsaw. After receiving the 2nd prize at the Herbert von Karajan Conducting Competition inBerlin, he became the competition patron’s assistant in 1971.

He performed in practically every music venue in Europe, Asia,Australiaand bothAmericas. He has conducted major orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre dela Suisse Romande, NHK Symphony Orchestra/Tokyo, the Petersburg Philharmonic, theLa Scala Orchestrain Milan, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and the orchestra of Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.

In August 2013 Wit appeared with the National Philharmonic Orchestra  at the famous BBC Proms festival in London and on 19 September directed the Berliner Philharmoniker with the National Philharmonic Chorus in Berlin.

Wit’s recordings are found on more than 200 albums, many of which received awards, including a Grammy Award in 2013 and six other Grammy nominations, the Diapason d’Or and Grand Prix du Disque de la Nouvelle Académie, Cannes Classical Award, Choc, ICMA, as well as Polish Fryderyk awards. His recordings include works by Polish composers: Paderewski, Wieniawski, Karłowicz, Szymanowski, Lutosławski, Penderecki, Kilar and Górecki, as well as works of world music literature. He is one of a few artists in the world, whose records have sold nearly 5 million copies.

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