History of the Lublin Philharmonic
The Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra commenced its activities in December 1944. Its beginnings go back to numerous chamber and solo concerts given by musicians who after World War II bound their future with Lublin. Repertoire and artistic considerations, as well as the joy of making music together, led to a premiere chamber music concert, held on 10 February 1945 in the hall of the Music Society. This concert gave the impulse to extend the orchestra and a classical music gala was held on 18 May of the same year – which was at the same time the first symphony concert in post-war Poland. The concert was conducted by the orchestra’s founder and artistic director – Zygmunt Szczepański. The solo part in Concerto No. 2 in D minor by Henryk Wieniawski was played by the orchestra’s concertmaster – Stefan Rachoń.
The orchestra has been on many concert tours. Performances in Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Germany, South Korea, Denmark and Ukraine were acclaimed both by the critics and the public. The orchestra participated in numerous international festivals: in Košice (1986), Contemporary Music Festival in Alicante (1989), Flamenco Festival in Seville (1990), Franco Ferrara Conductors’ Seminar in Sienna (1984), Sorø International Music Festival (2000, 2001, 2004), “Virtuosos” Festival in Lviv, 9th “Stravinsky and Ukraine” Festival in Lutsk (2012) and 9th International Peter Tchaikovsky and Nadezhda von Meck Festival in Vinnitsa in Ukraine (2013).
Huge repertoire of LPO encompasses compositions from Baroque to contemporary music. Concert programmes include works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner, Wieniawski, Bruckner, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Stravinsky, Scriabin, Shostakovich, Lutosławski, Penderecki, and many others. The phonographic achievements of the Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra are documented on records with the participation of outstanding artists.
The orchestra has recorded a number of albums featuring outstanding musicians: Souvenir de Lublin (1996), Hänsel und Gretel (1997), Musical Trip Around the World (1997), A. Tansman, K. Szymanowski (2001), The Lublin Concert (2001), Philippe Chamouard (2001), Georges Bizet “Le Docteur Miracle” (2002), Karol Lipiński (2003), Evening with Organ Music at Lublin Philharmonic (2003) (Fryderyk Award, 2004), Wieniawski (2010), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (2014), Czarnecki, Dębski, Dubaj, Pietruszewski, Mirowski (2015), Raul Koczalski, Piano Concertos (2018) – a double album, Raul Koczalski, String Concertos (2018), Joachim Kaczkowski, Works for Violin and Orchestra (2019).
The Henryk Wieniawski Lublin Philharmonic is currently managed by Maestro Wojciech Rodek, General Director and Zuzanna Dziedzic, Deputy Artistic Director.
Since 1944 until today, Lublin Philharmonic has attracted a glittering list of prominent conductors, such as Jan Krenz, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Antoni Wit, Krzysztof Penderecki, Marek Pijarowski, and soloists: Sviatoslav Richter, Lidia Grychtołówna, Regina Smendzianka, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Roman Lasocki, David Oistrakh, Wanda Wiłkomirska, Piotr Pławner, Bartłomiej Nizioł, Tomasz Strahl, Rafał Blechacz, Lukas Geniušas, Ingolf Wunder, Yulianna Avdeeva, Corina Marti, Vadim Brodski, Ilya Grubert, Nigel Kennedy, Georgijs Osokins and many others.