Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra
During the opening concert, which was held on 10 November 1947, the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra performed under the baton of its first conductor, Stanisław Wisłocki. He was later succeeded by Jerzy Katlewicz, Robert Satanowski, Witold Krzemieński, Zdzisław Szostak, Renard Czajkowski, Wojciech Rajski, Wojciech Michniewski, Andrzej Borejko, Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, José Maria Florencio and Grzegorz Nowak. In the 2007/2008 artistic season, Marek Pijarowski became Chief Conductor of the Poznańń Philharmonic Orchestra. Łukasz Borowicz is the ensemble’s First Guest Conductor.
One of the most famous and recognised Polish symphonic ensembles, the orchestra performs at major music centres at home and abroad. It has toured almost all European countries. In February and March 2020, the ensemble performed with the world-famous Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz to deliver a series of concerts Kompozytorzy na walizkach(Composers Living Out of a Suitcase) in Germany and France.
The ensemble has performed at several leading international music festivals, incl. the Romaeuropa-Villa Medici, Kissinger Sommer, Ankara Sanat Festivali, Festwochen in Herrenhausen, Bregenzer Frühling, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Choriner Musiksommer, Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, International Music Festival Janáčkův Máj, or Smetanova Litomyšl International Opera Festival.
The Orchestra accompanied participants of the first post-war edition of the Chopin Competition in Warsaw; since 1952, it has regularly played with the finalists of International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competitions in Poznań. The main symphonic ensemble of the Poznańska Wiosna Muzyczna, it also participates in the Warszawska Jesień and Wratislavia Cantans festivals, and frequently takes part in première performances of pieces by contemporary Polish and foreign composers. A memorable event in the ensemble’s history was its performance to Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.
Famous throughout Europe for its excellent acoustic properties and exquisite Neo-Renaissance architecture, and capable of seating over one thousand listeners, the
Auditorium of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań is the concert venue of the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra.