Łukasz Borowicz has served as Artistic Director of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra since March 2007. Born in Warsaw in 1977, he studied with Bogusław Madey at the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw, where he later also received a doctorate in conducting under the supervision of Antoni Wit. In 2005-06 he served as an assistant to Kazimierz Kord at the Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw, where he made his operatic debut with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. He worked closely with such prominent singers as Ewa Podleś, Piotr Beczała, Mariusz Kwiecień and Samuel Ramey. He had earlier worked as an assistant to Antoni Wit at the Warsaw Philharmonic (2002-05) and to Iván Fischer at the Budapest Festival Orchestra (the 2000/01 season). He held several grants from the Ministry of Culture and is a prizewinner of four conducting competitions: in Trento (1999), Athens (2000), Porto (2002) and Bamberg (2004). He has appeared as a guest conductor with many ensembles including the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Ukrainian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bamberger Symphoniker, I Pomeriggi Musicali (Milan) and most of Polish symphony orchestras including the Warsaw Philharmonic, the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia Varsovia. The CD featuring Schumann’s works performed by the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra under his baton won the ‘Fryderyk’ Award of the Polish recording industry (2007). Three other of his CDs have received ‘Fryderyk’ nominations. His honours also include the ‘Passport’ Award from the Polityka weekly.
Łukasz Borowicz’s artistic contacts with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra began long before he took over as its Artistic Director. The first new season under his reign was inaugurated with the concert version of Verdi’s Falstaff. In March 2008, during the 12th Ludwig van Beethoven Festival in Warsaw, he conducted the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in a concert performance of Cherubini’s Lodoïska, staged under the artistic supervision of Christa Ludwig. The 2008/09 season was inaugurated with a concert performance of the opera Maria by Roman Statkowski.
In 2006 Łukasz Borowicz was appointed Chief Guest Conductor of the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he conducted Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with Ida Haendel as soloist. His engagements with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice have included such prestigious projects as ‘The Train to Kilar’s Music’, ‘The Days of Wojciech Kilar’s Music, ‘Budapest 1956’ (including a concert in the city’s Palace of Arts), and ‘Music for Prague 1968. In memoriam Ryszard Siwiec’ (concert at the Rudolfinum).
His engagements during the 2008/09 season have included appearances with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Krzysztof Penderecki Festival and the first Polish performance of Louis Spohr’s opera Berggeist at the 13th Ludwig van Beethoven Festival. He also conducts Mozart’s The Magic Flute (at the Grand Theatre in Łódź) and Don Giovanni (at the newly-opened Kraków Opera) and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice (at the Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw).
Komponist: Simon Laks, Karol Rathaus