Biography

Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot

Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot
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Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot

Wojciech Rajski - conductor

The Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot was established by Wojciech Rajski in 1982 and consists of dynamic musicians, all of whom are soloists in their own right. Its typical sound - fire, precision and lightness or, to say it with others words, vitality, discipline and elegance - is praised by the critics world-wide. Through its excellent work the orchestra has obtained an important position in German musical life.

The Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot has performed with such famous musicians as Mstislav Rostropowitsch, Christoph Eschenbach, Justus Frantz, Krystian Zimerman, Natalia Gutman, Sabine Meyer, Wolfgang Meyer, Giora Feidman, David Geringas, Claudio Arrau, Tzimon Barto, Olli Mustonen, Igor Oistrach and Shlomo Mintz at nearly every important concert hall like the Berlin and the Cologne Philharmonic, the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Gasteig and the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Hamburg Music Hall, the Musikverein Wien, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, Teatro Reale in Madrid and the Kennedy Center Washington.

During the last years, the orchestra has toured Germany, France, England, Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, many East European countries, the former Soviet Union, the USA as well as China. The Polish Chamber Orchestra Sopot was also invited to major international festivals such as in Montpellier, Prague, Warsaw, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheingau, Passau, Ludwigsburg, Stuttgart, Flanders, Tivoli, Copenhagen and many others.

In addition to the Orchestra’s full timetable of commitments, they have produced many records with EMI, Thorofon, Intercord, Claves, Amati, Tacet, Le Chant du Monde, Midas, Wifon, and have had a number of radio and television appearances in Poland and Germany’s 3 Sat. There have been released already the first eight symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven (Tacet SACD Real Surround Sound) in the scope of a complete recording. Two new recordings have recently be made, one with Daniil Trifonov (winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition) and one with Alexander Krichel for Sony.

In 2012 the Orchestra celebrated its 30th birthday. Recently performances took place among others at Philharmonie Cologne, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Weilburg, Piano Festival Ruhr and with soloists like Reinhold Friedrich, Cédric Pescia and Yossif Ivanov. Upcoming concerts will see the orchestra at Freiburg, Regensburg, Ludwigshafen and Frankfurt with soloist Krystian Zimerman.

The Energa Group is the sponsor of the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Wojciech Rajski was born in 1948 in Warsaw. Educated at the Warsaw Academy of Music where he graduated with honours, he then went on to accomplish his studies in Vienna and Cologne, where he participated in conductor's master classes.

Rajski's exceptional talents were soon recognised and broutht to the attention of the Artistic Director of the Grand Theatre in Warsaw, who engaged the young conductor until the completion of Rajski's studies in 1971.

Between 1971 and 1981, Rajski held the position of Artistic Director and Principal Conductorof the Poznan and that of a leading conductor at the Bonn Opera and the Orchestra of the Beethovenhalle in Germany.

In 1980, Rajski established the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot with young, talented musicians, whose rich repertoire includes a wide range and variety of musical styles from baroque and classical to modern and contemporary music.

Rajski has conducted at many important festivals all over the world such as in Montpellier, Prague, Schleswig-Holstein, Passau, Warsaw, Ludwigsburg, Flanders, Grand Canaria, Tivoli and Copenhagen. All of them were highly praised and gained enormous recognition.

In addition to his own conducting commitments, Rajski often performed as a guest conductor in Mexico, Greece, Hungary, CSFR, France, Sweden, England, Germany and the Soviet Union.

During recent years, Rajski has had the pleasure of conducting first-class soloists like Rostropovich, Zimerman, Szeryng, Dumay, Geringas, Frantz, Kogan, Eschenbach and Arrau.

In addition, Rajski, together with the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, has made many recordings with EMI, Claves, Le Chant du Monde, Midas, Thorofon, Wifon, and televiosion and radio appearances for German 3 Sat and the Polish Radio.