The Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Artistic director – Yaroslav Shemet

Honor Conductor – Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk

1st Guest Conductor – Daniel Oren

The orchestra began its artistic activity with a concert on the 26th of May 1945 as the State Philharmonic in Katowice. Since that event, its level of performance and numerous achievements have assured it a leading position among Polish symphonic ensembles. It has also become an unchanging reason for the participation of the philharmonic’s artists in many international, renown festivals. The orchestra’s vast repertoire encompasses the classics of orchestral music, and contemporary pieces alike.

The Orchestra have participated, on numerous occasions, in the international Warsaw Autumn Festival, which is more than 50 years old. Their first appearance at the La Chaise-Dieu festival was made twenty five years ago, and they have also performed at Wrocław’s Vratislavia Cantans, the great oratorio-cantata festival. The incessant invitations from the most acknowledged concert halls (both in Poland and abroad) are a living proof of the high esteem the Silesian Philharmonic enjoys. Since its first tours around the former Czechoslovakia in 1958, the orchestra has given concerts in all Europe. The orchestra has also promoted Polish culture outside of its home continent, in such places as Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. The Symphonic Orchestra gave almost 550 concerts in 25 countries outside Poland. Since its very foundation, the Silesian Philharmonic has been hosting such top artists from Leopold Stokowski, Gennady Rozdyestwiensky or Fou Ts’onga, to Krystian Zimerman, Ida Haendel, Victoria de los Angeles, or Montserrat Caballé.

The artistic director of the Silesian Philharmonic is Yaroslav Shemet, Daniel Oren is its 1st Guest Conductor, and Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, the former Ist Conductor of the Orchestra, is currently the Honor Conductor.

 

SILESIAN PHILHARMONIC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 

1st violins
Anna Podulka – concertmaster
Krzysztof Kokoszewski – concertmaster
Dominik Kossakowski – deputy concertmaster
Marta Diug-Chwastek
Dariusz Wicherek
Elżbieta Pisarska
Aleksandra Pawełek-Zaborny
Beata Modliszewska
Michalina Piątek
Michał Siwy
Waldemar Staniczek
Katarzyna Gwizdon
Leszek Sojka
Magdalena Nawojska
2nd violins
Agnieszka Skomorowska
Ryszard Słapik
Paweł Nalepa
Sławomira Łoś
Małgorzata Wacławik
Dawid Dancewicz
Łukasz Grabiński
Agnieszka Dancewicz
Paweł Muszała
Mikołaj Łukosz 
Katarzyna Hałoń
Marta Pisarska-Wójcik
Anna Król
Jacek Widera
violas
Rafał Woźniak
Jarosław Marzec
Joanna Botor
Sabina Wocław
Robert Jagodziński
Adam Staśko
Krzysztof Modliszewski
Aleksander Słomowicz
Aleksandra Pindel
Anna Modliszewska
Magdalena Maier-Borowska
Weronika Milik
 
cellos
Konrad Bargieł – concertmaster
Jacek Gwizdon – deputy concertmaster
Franciszek Skóra
Jerzy Szkopek
Justyna Majewska
Bernard Sczendzina
Grażyna Róg
Katarzyna Czypka
Anna Fert
double basses
Piotr Rurański
Roman Huzior
Urszula Nancka
Przemysław Wacławik
Maciej Spychała
Paweł Łamik
 
flutes
Magdalena Maliszewska
Monika Konstantynowicz
Andrzej Staciwa
Grażyna Jursza
 
 
 
oboes
Adam Stachula
Anna Kudala
Magdalena Kudala 
 
english horn
Tomasz Stencel
 
clarinets
Agata Piątek
Marek Miś
Marian Tobor
 
 
bassoons
Tadeusz Łukosz
Marek Krzemiński
Krzysztof Nowak
Adam Bury
horns
Leszek Salwa
Waldemar Matera
Joachim Nowak
Jerzy Ślęzak
Grzegorz Grzegorzek
Piotr Sidor
trumpets
Bartosz Gaudyn
Szymon Gaudyn
Maciej Mzyk
Wojciech Kaczkowski
 
trombones
Grzegorz Kurowski
Mateusz Konopka
Marek Przegendza
bass trombone
Piotr Misiak
tube
Marek Ozioro
timpani / percussion
Anna Famuła-Galwas
Michał Pawłowski 
Małgorzata Szymecka
Damian Oleksiak
harp
Agnieszka Kaczmarek-Bialic
 
 
 
 
 
supervisor
Piotr Rurański
 
tuner
Wenancjusz Szołtysik

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