Witold Lutosławski Chamber Philharmonic in Łomża
(photo: Jerzy Chaberek)
The beginnings of the Witold Lutosławski Chamber Philharmonic in Łomża go back to the establishment in 1977 of the Łomża Chamber Orchestra. Since then the ensemble has given almost two thousand concerts in Poland and abroad and received numerous awards for its artistic achievements and its contribution to the development of musical culture among others "Podlaska Marka Roku 2018" (Podlasie Brand of the Year 2018) and "Łomżyński Anioł Biznesu 2019" (Łomża Business Angel) in the category Ambassador of Łomża.
The ochestra’s successive directors were Mieczysław Szymański, Henryk Szwedo and Tadeusz Chachaj. The last director was given the title of Honorary Principal Conductor by his successor, Jan Miłosz Zarzycki, who assumed the post of Managing and Artistic Director in 2004.
The orchestra has performed with prominent conductors: Tomasz Bugaj, Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Stefan Fraas, Pierangelo Gelmini, Giancarlo De Lorenzo, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Marek Pijarowski, Peder Rensvik, Jerzy Salwarowski, Józef Wiłkomirski, and famous soloists, including Eugen Indjic, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Wiesław Ochman, Grażyna Brodzińska, Piotr Paleczny.
Orchestra has taken part in numerous prestigious festivals such as the Kristiansund Kirke Kunst Kulturfestival (Norway), Klaipeda Music Spring (Lithuania), ‘Užutrakio Vakarai’ Festival in Troki (Lithuania), the ‘Songs from the River Salcia’ Festival in Solechniki (Lithuania), Festival “Music at the Baliński Palace in Jaszuny” (Lithuania), International Organ and Chamber Music Festival in Giżycko, the Moniuszko Festival of the Podlasie Region and the Operetta and Opera Festival in Mazovia. The ensemble also performed at the 1st Warsaw Tournament of Tenors, 6th International Competition of Piano Duos in Białystok, the National Philharmonic in Warsaw and the Royal Concerts at the Royal Castle in Wilanów. It has also done a lot to consolidate Polish cultural traditions giving regular concerts in Lithuania and Belarus (Grodno). Foreign tours also took it to France (2009) and Norway (2012).
The orchestra’s discography includes 16 CDs, one of which won the Fryderyk Award 2019 of the Polish Recording Industry, seven of which won a nomination to the Fryderyk Award and three to International Classical Music Awards. They also recorded the DVD Vistula Landscapes.
Witold Lutosławski Chamber Philharmonic in Łomża is the organizer of the International Chamber Music Festival ‘Sacrum et Musica’ which was founded in 2005 as well as a series of concerts entitled ‘Musical evenings at Lutosławski's’.