In the final of The 1st Polish Jan Kiepura Vocal Competition in Sosnowiec participants will perform with Zabrze Philharmonic under the baton of Sławomir Chrzanowski.
The Symphony Orchestra of Zabrze Philharmonic
The Symphony Orchestra of Zabrze Philharmonic was created in spring 1950 as the Miners’ Trade Union Philharmonic Society. Initially the main goal of the newly founded Symphony Orchestra was to propagate and popularize the music – in the broad sense – among the working class of Silesian industry. Another direction in the Orchestra activity, which has been cherished up to the present, is the series of conceptually edited concerts for children and teenagers.
The Orchestra first years on stage were dominated by the easy music presentations. They performed pieces from operettas, operas, popular music tunes and well-known classical compositions.
As the time went by the artistic profile of the Orchestra was evolving toward more philharmonic repertoire. Today Zabrze Philharmonic has achieved the highest professional level in performing the complex classical music. It’s style of working and concert programmes are acknowledged by the recognized soloists from Poland and elsewhere. The huge work done by the musicians and it’s results were perceived by the authorities in the middle eighties. The name was changed into State Philharmonic Society, which meant the appreciation of the Orchestra achievements.
In 50 years of Zabrze Philharmonic history there were a lot of outstanding artistes performing with the Orchestra: Wiesław Ochman, Andrzej Hiolski, Grażyna Brodzińska, Bogna Sokorska, Paulos Raptis, Bernard Ładysz, Romuald Tesarowicz, Piotr Paleczny, Krystian Zimerman, Krzysztof Jabłoński, Waldemar Malicki, Halina Czerny-Stefańska, Ewa Pobłocka, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Wanda Wiłkomirska, Kaja Danczowska, Grzegorz Fitelberg, Karol Stryja, Jerzy Salwarowski, Marek Pijarowski, Laszlo Baranyay (Hungary), Tsung Yeh, Adam Rosenbloom, Lance Friedel (USA), Takako Takahashi (Japan), Ernest Werner Seiler (Austria), Ciro di Giovanni (Italy), Tai Wai Li (China), Kałudi Kałudow, Bożydar Nikołow (Bulgaria), Galina Wernygora (the Ukraine) and many more.
As well as having played in all the significant Polish concert halls, Zabrze Philharmonic several times performed in Russia, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany and Japan. It participated in international festivals such as “Gaude Mater” in Częstochowa, “Viva il Canto” in Cieszyn, Jan Kiepura Festival in Krynica, Krystyna Jamroz Festival in Busko Zdrój, Śląska Trybuna Kompozytorów in Katowice (Silesian Composers’ Rostrum), Festiwal Gwiazd in Międzyzdroje (Festival of the Stars) and others.
The Orchestra has recorded two CD albums and two documentaries for the Polish public television TVP. These two tv-specials included appearances of Piotr Paleczny and the Three Polish Tenors: Zdunikowski, Stachura and Morka.
The Orchestra repertoire is overwhelmed with classicism and romanticism, but we also willingly take modern works, especially those of Silesian school composers. Periodically the stage performances of operettas and operas are presented. Our all-the-time repertoire consists of a few various programmes filled with popular, light, movie, musical, Dixieland and jazz music. For every season the Orchestra prepares 20 symphonic programmes, 5 oratorios, several popular music sets and 10 separate programmes in a series of concerts for children and teenagers. On average we give 12 concerts per month in Zabrze hall as well as in other concert halls over the country.
Zabrze Philharmonic consists of 60 musicians. Since 1990 Sławomir Chrzanowski is it’s Managing and Artistic Director.
Managing and Artistic Director of Zabrze Philharmonic
Born in 1961 in Rybnik, Sławomir Chrzanowski in 1989 graduated from Academy of Music in Katowice as an MA in the Theory of Music. In 1989 he completed symphony conducting postgraduate studies in the class of Professor Karol Stryja. During the course of study he worked with an academic group called Zespół Muzyki XX Wieku (The 20th Century Music Ensemble), with which he did a few first performances of modern composers works.
In 1985-1990 he conducted a symphonic orchestra and chamber orchestra of the State College of Music in Katowice.
With the College orchestras he participated in International festivals (Chamber Orchestras Festiwal inAhrensburg, Germany, “Muska senna frontiere” in Bologna, Italy) and performed in the special concert on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Second World War Outbreak.
In 1987 he took part in an International Course for Young Conductors in Weimar ran by Professor Kurt Sanderling. S. Chrzanowski conducted the final concert there. In 1991 he participated in the International Conductors Competition in Tremo, Italy.
In 1990 after winning the competition he became the Managing and Artistic Director of Zabrze Philharmonic, which he conducts and manages today. Together with that Orchestra he gave over 1200 concerts on various stages home and abroad.
He conducted at festivals (“Gaude Mater” in Częstochowa, “Viva il canto” in Cieszyn, Zabrze Music Festival, Krystyna Jamroz Festiwal in Busko-Zdrój, Music Spring in Trnava, etc.), many times partook in periodical projects like “Nieszpory Ludmierskie” or The Three Polish Tenors Concerts. More than 30 times did he lead concerts, charity events as well, featuring the greatest Polish tenor voice Wiesław Ochman. He recorded CD albums and was filmed for the archival purposes for the Polish Radio and Polish Television. S. Chrzanowski with his Orchestra also performed in Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Japan.
In 1991-1995 he was the Artistic Director of Rybnik Philharmonic.
He conducted the most of Polish chamber and philharmonic orchestras (he is in constant cooperation with them), the NOSPR in Katowice and Radio Symphonic Orchestra in Kraków are among them too.
On his concerts he did urany world first performances of works by Bogusław Schaeffer, Andrzej Dziadek, Gheorge Zamphir and others. He regularly shows up with Ostrava Philharmonic and with opera groups in Bytom and Lviv (the Ukraine).
Several times he was invited to America, where he gave concerts and lectured open classes on the Polish music history.