Krzysztof Urbański


Krzysztof Urbański enters his sixth highly acclaimed season as Music Director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 2016-2017. He also continues as Chief Conductor of Trondheim Symfoniorkester, who have additionally appointed him Artistic Leader in recognition of his major contribution to the orchestra. This season, he takes the orchestra on tour to Poland for a second time, where they open the 10th International Chopin Music Festival. Urbański also holds the post of Principal Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.

"Let's face it: this is one of the most impressive leaders that we have seen and he is the Music Director of the Indianpolis Symphony Orchestra."

- review from nice-matin

Last season, in recognition of the close relationship he has forged with them over the past few seasons, Urbański was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, a position he takes up from 2015-2016. Together with the orchestra, he will take part in the opening concerts of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie.

2013-2014 saw Krzysztof Urbański’s debuts with Berliner Philharmoniker and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and future highlights see him conduct the London Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras, Münchner Philharmoniker, Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, Finnish Radio Symphony and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestras, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. In North America, he appears with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Washington, D.C.’s National Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He also returns to the Schleswig-Holstein Akademie Orchestra and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo.

In his native Poland, last season Urbański participated in a televised concert with Sinfonia Varsovia to mark the 80th birthday of his compatriot, Krzysztof Penderecki – conducting Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima – and sharing the podium with Charles Dutoit and Valery Gergiev. He also conducted the opening concert of the 2014 Beethoven Easter Festival.

Krzysztof Urbański graduated from the Chopin Music Academy, Warsaw in 2007 and was the unanimous First Prize Winner of the Prague Spring International Conducting Competition. From 2007-2009, he served as Assistant Conductor to the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, working under Music Director Antoni Wit, with whom he also studied at University.

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