The Silesian Philharmonic Choir

Artistic director, conductor, choirmaster- Jarosław Wolanin

This ensemble is one of the oldest philharmonic choirs in Poland. It was established on the initiative of Karol Stryja in 1974.During the first 30 years it was conducted by professor Jan Wojtacha, a brilliant choir master. Between 2004 and 2009 the Choir was directed by Waldemar Sutryk. Since August 2009, Jarosław Wolanin has been the artistic director and choir master of the Silesian Philharmonic Choir.

Already in the third year of the Choir’s artistic activity, the singers were invited to the prestige festival Wratislavia Cantans, to perform Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra. The Choir’s repertoire consists of masterpieces of all periods, from the Renaissance polyphony to contemporary music. Artists can be proud especially of the Polish premieres of the following works: Dream of Gerontius by Edward Elgar, Choir concerto by Alfred Schnittke and Missa pro pace by Wojciech Kilar (first performance during a mass).

Through the 40 years of the ensemble’s activity, the Choir performed in major Polish artistic centres as well as abroad: in Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Vatican. The Choir is regularly invited to such festivals as Wratislavia Cantans, Warsaw Autumn, Haendelfestspiele in Halle, Arena di Verona, Poznań Spring, Music Festival in Łańcut, Organ Music Days in Gliwice, Krystyna Jamroz Festival in Busko-Zdrój, Polish Contemporary Music Festival in Wrocław or Old Music Festival in Cracow. We are delighted that there are new invitations, too: in 2011, the Choir performed for the first time ot the HMG Festival in Cracow (1st Henryk Mikołaj Górecki International Contemporary Music Festival) and on the Adam Didur Vocal Music Days in Sanok.

The Silesian Philharmonic Choir performed under the baton of such maestros as: Karol Stryja, Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Jan Wincenty Hawel, Jan Krenz, Antoni Wit, Gabriel Chmura, Jacek Kaspszyk, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Marek Pijarowski, Jerzy Salwarowski, Jerzy Swoboda, Krzysztof Penderecki, Michael Zilm, Massimiliano Caldi, Mykola Dyadiura, Peter Tiboris and Paul McCreesh.

The ensemble cooperates with many philharmonic orchestras in Poland and with the Narional Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

The Choir’s repertoire includes hundreds of vocal-instrumental works (masses, cantatas, oratorios) and hundreds of pieces a cappella. The latter kind of music plays a significant role in the Choir’s recent activity. There are more and more a cappella concerts, filled with polychoral music and first performances of the newest Polish works. These events are often conducted by the best European choir masters: among others professor Czesław Freund and professor Matthias Geissler.
The Silesian Philharmonic Choir made many archival and CD recordings. Albums with all the vocal-instrumental works by Karol Szymanowski and with some pieces for choir by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki are espiecially important for the ensemble. The singers recorded also music by Wojciech Kilar and Zbigniew Preisner, accompanying films by Polish masters of cinematography: Agnieszka Holland and Krzysztof Kieślowski.
 

The Choir:

Sopranos:
Dorota Dziełak – Szczepan
Magdalena Gawron- Ronczka
Edyta Gebauer 
Anita Grzegorzak 
Maria Huptyś – Zielińska 
Mirosława Jasielska 
Sabina Jaszczyk 
Elżbieta Kolorz 
Anna Koścień 
Elżbieta Krusz 
Elżbieta Kudala 
Aniela Leśniczak 
Natalia Łukaszewicz – Charabin
Małgorzata Muszyńska 
Teresa Sobczyk 
Dominika Sowa
Zofia Szymańska 
Irena Ziob 

Altos:
Anna Bilińska 
Katarzyna Brol 
Magdalena Dynowska 
Monika Gandyk 
Aldona Kciuk-Herberg 
Katarzyna Müller-Wantuła
Barbara Latawiec 
Joanna Noster 
Karina Paszek 
Agata Piękosz – Pierszalik
Magdalena Pilarczyk 
Martyna Rim 
Barbara Rosłaniec-Kempka 
Agnieszka Janeczko 
Agnieszka Zawierucha 
Monika Żekońska 

Tenors:
Dawid Bonk 
Karol Bulanda 
Roman Dziwisz 
Piotr Gajos 
Artur Harańczyk 
Dionizy Madoń 
Maciej Madoń 
Piotr Pawłowski 
Adam Seiffert 
Dariusz Szweda 
Wiktor Wyglądacz 
Michał Zawierucha 

Bass:
Marek Dynowski 
Janusz Fabisiak 
Michał Góral 
Andrzej Janczak 
Waldemar Kempka 
Adrian Lewandowski
Ryszard Młyńczak 
Marcin Pollak 
Sławomir Skomorowski 
Michał Schoppa 
Adam Trocha 
Krzysztof Kaganiec  (współpraca)

Inspector:    Wiktor Wyglądacz

Library: Adam Seiffert

Accompanist:   Adam Eibin

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