“100 for 100. Musical Decades of Freedom” – this is the name of the project realised by PWM (Polish Music Publishing House) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland. One of its elements was to present 100 masterpieces written by Polish composers between 1918 and 2018.
As part of the project PWM, in collaboration with prominent artists and the best Polish orchestras, choirs and ensembles, performed 60 new recordings of the works from the “100 for 100” list. The remaining, carefully selected recordings come from, among others, the archives of Polish Radio and Polish Recordings.
“100 for 100. Musical Decades of Freedom” has recently appeared in music stores and bookshops. The publication comprises 36 albums with the recordings of all 100 works from the list. Among them you can find “Kaziuki” by Tadeusz Szeligowski, the first director of Poznan Philharmonic, presented by the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra led by Łukasz Borowicz specifically for that occasion.
We were deeply saddened to hear that on the 7th of September 2019 a prominent Polish conductor and composer, Prof. Zdzisław Szostak, who cooperated with Poznan Philharmonic for many years, has died in Lodz.
Born in 1930 in Sosnowiec, he studied in the National State Music School in Katowice – composition with Bolesław Szabelski and conducting with Artur Malawski.
In the Poznan Philharmonic he held a position of conductor and artistic director in the years 1967-1971. He also worked with choral ensembles in Poznan, including being the first conductor of the Academic Choir of Adam Mickiewicz University.
Then for 16 years he performed the duties of deputy chief of artistic matters and conductor in the Lodz Philharmonic, and with this city he was linked with till the end of his life. For many years he was the Professor at the local National State Music School, later renamed the Academy of Music.
Zdzisław Szostak composed numerous musical pieces for symphony orchestra (including Darmstadt Concertino for violin, piano and orchestra, 1998; Musica per corno e orchestra sinfonica, 2000; Concertino for marimba and symphony orchestra, 2002; Missa Latina for soloists, choir and great symphony orchestra, 2003), as well as chamber ensembles (for example Quintet for wind instruments, 1952; Arabesque for oboe and piano, 2006; Scherzo-Toccatina for bassoon and piano, 2006; Ad libitum et Quasi Polonaise for double bass and piano, 2015). He also created soundtrack for over 40 films (including “Aria for an Athlete” and “Daimler-Benz Limousine” directed by Filip Bajon; “The Knight” directed by Lech Majewski; “The End of the World” by Dorota Kędzierzawska). As the conductor he recorded music for 200 movies.
Zdzisław Szostak was not only a brilliant artist and creator, but also a great, modest person – kind to everyone he met. He maintained regular contact with Poznan Philharmonic and came to our concerts. We hosted him recently at the concert commemorating the 70th anniversary of our institution.
Polish culture lost a great artistic personality.
We would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of Maestro Zdzisław Szostak.
Wojciech Nentwig, Marek Pijarowski i Łukasz Borowicz
along with the Poznan Philharmonic ensembles and the staff
Next week (from the 2nd of September) we start selling tickets and season tickets for artistic season 2019/2020.
Following season tickets: DE LUXE (DL), STAR ZONE (SG), EKSTRA SEASON TICKET (KE) – which includes the concert cycle “Beethoven Our Contemporary” held due to the 250th birthday anniversary of the great composer – MEGATICKET (MW) and season tickets for POZNAN CONCERTS will be available only in the box office of Poznan Philharmonic (Wieniawskiego Street 1).
Tickets can be purchased:
We start the ticket sale in the Cultural Information Center (CIK) at Ratajczaka Street 44 in Poznań on Wednesday, 4th of September.
We would also like to remind you that the tickets seasons booked during the summer holidays should be withdrawn between the 2nd and the 20th of September.
After this date the tickets will be transferred to individual sale.
We also inform you that from the 2nd of September it will be possible to book individual and group tickets.
The reservation can be done:
- by calling the telephone number: 61 852 22 66 from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 3 pm
- or by writing to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Moreover, we instruct that the box office of Poznan Philharmonic sells tickets and season tickets only for the concerts of Poznan Philharmonic.
The management of Poznan Philharmonic reserves the possibility to change the dates, venues, performers and concert programs, as well as ticket prices.
Next week in the box office of Poznan Philharmonic (Wieniawskiego Street 1) we will start selling season tickets for the artistic season 2019/2020 according to the undermentioned schedule:
- starting Monday 10th of June it will be possible to purchase season tickets for POZNAN CONCERTS,
- while from Wednesday the 12th of June the following season tickets will be available: DE LUXE (DL), STAR ZONE (SG), EKSTRA SEASON TICKET (KE), which involves the concert cycle “Beethoven Our Contemporary”, and MEGATICKETS (MW).
We would like to inform that between the 1st of July and the 1st of September 2019 the box office of the Poznan Philharmonic will be closed.
During this period we encourage you to contact the office of the Poznan Philharmonic.
Telephone service concerning concerts, booking and the purchase of seasons tickets and single tickets:
- Audience Relations Department: (+48) 61 852 22 66, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Secretary’s Office: (+48) 61 852 47 08 or (+48) 61 852 47 09, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Season tickets can also be booked till the 30th of August or until all tickets are sold out, either by writing an e-mail to the following address:
- or by telephone: (+48) 61 852 22 66, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Please withdraw the season tickets booked during summer holidays in the Box Office of the Poznan Philharmonic between the 2nd and 20th of September 2019. After this date the tickets will be transferred to individual sale.
Ticket sale starts on the 2nd of September 2019. Tickets will be available:
- in the box office of Poznan Philharmonic,
- via internet on our website or via bilety24.pl
- in the City Information Center (CIK) located at Ratajczaka Street 44 in Poznan.
Before the 2nd of SEPTEMBER it is not possible to book individual or group tickets.
We also inform that the Poznan Philharmonic box office sales tickets and season tickets only for the concerts of Poznan Philharmonic.
In connection with the concert held in the framework of Poznan University Festival on the Adam Mickiewicz Square from 7 p.m. on the 7th of June, we would like to inform that on this day the entry to the University parking lot will be available only from Saint Martin Street and solely for those who are authorized to park there.
We also inform, that Wieniawskiego Street will be closed on that day.
We are sorry for the inconvenience the Poznan Philharmonic is not responsible for.
Collaboration of Poznan Philharmonic and Deutschlandfunk Kultur, the main German broadcaster, is gathering pace! In May on air of this prestigious national German radio you can listen to retransmissions of two concerts of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra.
On Saturday, the 18th of May, at 7:05 p.m., “Paria”, the last opera of Stanisław Moniuszko, performed in Italian – the composer’s dream language version. Artists: Katarzyna Hołysz, Robert Jezierski, Yuri Gorodetsky, Tomasz Warmijak, Szymon Komasa and Warsaw Philharmonic Choir along with Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra led by Łukasz Borowicz. The recording was made on the 10th of April 2019, during the concert in Warsaw Philharmonic, held in the framework of 23rd Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival.
While on Tuesday, 28th of May, at 8:03 p.m., unknown pieces of forgotten composers – the world concert premiere of Ignatz Waghalter’s “New World Suite” and Karol Rathaus’ Piano Concerto. Performers: Daniel Wnukowski (piano) and Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ariel Zuckermann. The concert, entitled “Premieres from New York”, will be recorded on the 17th of May 2019 in AMU Concert Hall in Poznan.
For more details see:
Professor Marek Pijarowski – one of the most remarkable Polish maestros of the baton and chief conductor of Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra, will be the guest of “The Records of Everyday Life” – cycle of daily radio programs of Polish Radio II.
From Monday 13th of May to Friday 17th of May at 12:45 p.m. you can listen to his stories about different colours of (not only artistic) life on air of Polish Radio II.
We warmly encourage you to listen to these programs.
On the 5th National Competition for Brass Instruments, which ended recently in Katowice, musicians-soloists of Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra once again seized prizes.
Two main awards (2nd and 3rd prize, 1st not granted) in the French Horn category were given to Marcin Chrzanowski (2nd prize) and Monika Paprocka-Całus (3rd prize).
Not hiding our joy and satisfaction, we congratulate the winners.
We would like to invite you to the broadcast of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, held within the 23rd Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival. Accompanied by superb soloists, as well as the Choir of the National Philharmonic and led by Maestro Łukasz Borowicz, the musicians will present “Paria” by Stanisław Moniuszko. The opera will be performed in Italian. The broadcast in Polish Radio Program II starts at 7 p.m.
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, we would like to inform you about the changes introduced in the rules of purchasing season tickets for Poznan Concerts for artistic season 2019/2020!
The Poznan Concerts season tickets for the new artistic season will be sold from the 10th of June to the 28th of June 2019. The auditors are invited directly to Poznan Philharmonic Box Office, which is open Monday to Friday between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
We inform our regular listeners that at the purchase of the new ticket, the ticket for season 2018/2019 is needed.
We invite new music lovers to place the order at the ticket office.
- The price remains unchanged.
- The first concert is scheduled for the 28th of September 2019.
- For more information, please check the Box Office of Poznan Philharmonic situated at the AMU Concert Hall, Wieniawskiego Street 1.
Due to the national mourning announced owing to the death of former Prime Minister Jan Olszewski, the Friday concert in the Poznan Philharmonic (held on 15th of February at 7 p.m. in AMU Concert Hall) will be opened by the melancholy filled elegiac Etude in B flat minor Op. 4 No. 3 by Karol Szymanowski, in Maciej Żółtowski’s arrangement for chamber orchestra.
The Etude will be followed by Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major Op. 26 by Sergei Prokofiev, performed by the star of the evening, Anna Vinnitskaya – an artist who entrances the audience and critics by an incredible virtuosity, always linked with natural sound filled with different tones. After the intermission the listeners would listen to the Symphony No. 7 in d minor Op. 70 by Antonín Dvořák. The Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra will perform under the lead of their Chief Conductor, Marek Pijarowski.
Deutsche Grammophon label has released a new album by Rafał Blechacz, this time recorded together with Bomsori Kim. The CD comprises sonatas for violin and piano by Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy and Karol Szymanowski, as well as… Frédéric Chopin’s Nocturne No. 20.
The first performance of the program took place in June 2018 in Poznan Philharmonic, during a concert closing the season 2017/2018. The event also marked the end of the great Polish pianist’s residency in our institution. In July 2018 both artists (Bomsori Kim is the soloist-in-residence of Poznan Philharmonic in the current artistic season) recorded the aforementioned works in Berlin.
The campaign of their joint album in the Poznan Philharmonic is planned for Friday, the 1st of March, during a concert “From the Golden Prague”, held in AMU Concert Hall with the participation of Bomsori Kim.
Due to the national mourning announced owing to the death of Paweł Adamowicz – Mayor of Gdańsk – Poznan Philharmonic alternates the program and the date of the 474. Poznań Concert, scheduled for Saturday, 19th of January 2019. “Halka on screen and on stage” will take place in the second half of year 2019, in the artistic season of 2019/2020.
Whereas the program of the 474. Poznań Concert, held exceptionally on Friday, 18th of January at 7 p.m. in AMU Concert Hall, will include, among other works, the famous Symphony No. 3 “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs” by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. The concert, entitled “Sorrowful Songs”, is held in memory of Paweł Adamowicz.
Poznań Concerts’ season tickets for 19th of January, as well as megatickets MW, are valid for the Friday concert on the 18th of January.
We are pleased to inform that Marcin Suszycki, the concertmaster of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, was selected by the editorial board of “Głos Wielkopolski” newspaper and received a nomination for the Personality of the Year 2018 in the category of Culture.
You are invited to vote for our musician on the newspaper’s website: www.gloswielkopolski.pl
The results of the competition will be announced in the beginning of March 2019 during a festive gala.