Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio

"Make no mistake about it: the Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra is one of the crack ensembles of our time."

The Gazette Montreal (Kanada)


"Ensemble which must now rank among the finest of its kind in the world, possessed of a distinctive sound, an enviable legato and an exceptional leader in Duczmal […]."

The Independent, Londyn (Wielka Brytania)


Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio was founded in 1968 in Poznań by Agnieszka Duczmal. Initially it operated under the patronage of "Jeunesses Musicales", and later the Poznań Musical Society. The Herbert von Karajan Silver Medal won by the Orchestra in 1976 at the International Young Orchestras Meeting in West Berlin resulted in the ensemble's transformation in 1977 into the Orchestra of the Polish Radio and Television, and then into the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio managed by Agnieszka Duczmal.

Until 2009 the Orchestra, conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal, has recorded over 9000 minutes of music for the Polish Radio, covering great works from baroque to contemporary times, and has played hundreds of concerts broadcasted by the Polish Radio. The Orchestra has recorded over 100 concerts and musical programs for the Polish Television, as well as 5 hours of music for Télévision Française 1 and one hour lasting program concerning Polish music for Japanese television NHK. Its artistic portfolio includes numerous premi?res, e.g. the world's first recording of Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach adapted for a chamber orchestra by J. Koffler.

Orchestra has in it's repertoire many world famous music pieces arranged especially for the chamber orchestra by Mrs. Agnieszka Duczmal, e.g. Pictures at an exhibition by Modest Musorgski, compositions of J.Brahms, A. Bruckner, C. Debussy, St. Moniuszko and F.Schubert.

The Orchestra also present interesting projects joining music with ballet and painting. Cooperates with The Polish Dance Theater and brilliant choreographer : Ewa Wycichowska. There is a new noteworthy project : "The Four Seasons - For Stages of Life" presenting Four Seasons by A. Vivaldi and Cuatro Estaciones Portenas by A. Piazzolla against a background of monumental picture by Mariusz Kałdowski.

The Orchestra cooperated with foreign radiophonies, e.g. with the German NDR, WDR, SFB, as well as with the BBC in London, CBC in Montreal and the Mexican radiophony, for which it recorded mainly Polish music. The Orchestra has also recorded 47 albums.

The Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio performs concerts in most European countries, as well as in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Kuwait, Taiwan and Japan, often cooperating with the world famous soloists, such as: Maurice André, Martha Argerich, Patric Gallois, Steven Isserlis, Gary Karr, Kevin Kenner, Mischa Maisky, Jeremy Menuhin, Igor Oistrakh, Michela Petri, Alexandre Rabinovitch, Vadim Repin, Grigory Sokolov, Guy Touvron, Henryk Szeryng and with all leading Polish soloists.

The most famous concert halls where the Orchestra has played include Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Berlin Philharmonic, Cologne and Munich Philharmonics, the Petersburg Philharmonic, Leipzig's Gewandhaus, Vienna's Musikvereinsaal, Pollack Hall in Montreal, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Milan's Teatro alla Scala and the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. The Orchestra takes part, on a regular basis, in numerous European music festivals.


"The Polish strings from the Amadeus Polish Orchestra descended on the audience awaiting in the Conservatorio like a storm and have forced it to listen magnetically, thanks to the energy of diverse pictures changing at the speed of lightning. It is Agnieszka Duczmal that is the strings' vivid inspiration, as she uses frugal, quick and expressive gestures to exorcism them with her lucidity and suggestiveness. Enthusiasm."

Corierre della Sera, Mediolan (Włochy)