Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra

Ignacy Jan Paderewski State Philharmonic Orchestra in Bydgoszcz ( Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra )

It came into being nearly a year after the end of the Second World War, but its origins date back to the thirties and the Civic Symphony Orchestra existing at that time in Bydgoszcz. In the past, the band was directed by: Robert Satanowski, Zbigniew Chwedczuk, Witold Krzemieński, Antoni Wit, Tomasz Bugaj, Mieczysław Nowakowski, Jerzy Salwarowski, Michael Zilm, Roman Kofman as well as Marek Pijarowski and Eugene Tzigane – working with the Orchestra on a permanent basis. Since 2002, the position of the conductor of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski State Philharmonic Orchestra has been held by Tadeusz Wojciechowski.

The Orchestra has achieved a strong position which is proved by numerous concerts with participation of such famous conductors as Ernst Ansermet, Roberto Benzi, Riccardo Chailly, Juozas Domarkas, Jerzy Katlewicz, Kazimierz Kord, Jan Krenz, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Kurt Redel, Witold Rowicki, Jerzy Semkow, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Saulius Sondeckis, Leopold Stokowski, Tadeusz Strugała, Carlo Zecchi, among others, and conducting composers – Aram Chaczaturian, Benjamin Britten, Krzysztof Penderecki, Witold Lutosławski. The Orchestra’s performances in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, Cyprus, Scotland, Hungary. Won recognition from the critics and earned applause from the audience. On many occasions, the band performed during domestic and international musical festivals, including Wratislavia Cantans, Poznańska Wiosna Muzyczna, Berliner Festwochen, International Summer Festival Ljubljana, Warszawska Jesień, Schweriner Musiktage or Frankfurter Festtage der Musik in which it last performed on 19 March 2006.

The Orchestra’s musicians had the honour of participating in the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of the Gniezno Convention held in the Primate’s Metropolitan Cathedral attended by presidents of European countries. Ignacy Jan Paderewski State Philharmonic Orchestra inaugurated and closed the celebration of the Year of Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

In February 2002, the band gave a great performance during the Polish Philharmonic Festival organised by the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra on the 100th anniversary of its existence. In November 2005, the Orchestra presented a series of concerts in South Korea and performed in the famous Tivoli in Copenhagen together with the New York City Ballet. On the 30th anniversary of collaboration between the Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berliner Cappella Choir, the bands played together jubilee concerts “Lux aeterna”- on 29 September 2007 in Bydgoszcz and 30 September 2007 in Berlin.

On 5 May 2008, in the Palace of Arts in Budapest, the band played a concert on the occasion of the Constitution of May 3 celebration under the patronage of Bogdan Zdrojewski – the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, on 22 May 2008, it opened the 1st International Musical Festival “Amber Baltic” in Międzyzdroje. The band participates regularly in festivals organised by the Ignacy Jan Paderewski State Philharmonic and have made numerous recordings (e.g. Paderewski’s Symphony h-moll "Polonia" conducted by Bohdan Wodiczko and Isang Yun’s Symphony conducted by Takao Ukigaya) for Polskie Nagrania, Veriton, Thorofon (1987 - CD, Łańcuch II by Witold Lutosławski with participation of Krzysztof Jakowicz (violin) and a Japanese conductor Takao Ukigaya, awarded the "Diapazon d'Or" prize by the French critics in 1989), CPO Osnabrück, Dux and Naxos.

In 2007, on the 125th anniversary of Karol Szymanowski’s birthday and the 70th anniversary of his death, the Orchestra recorded a record (DUX) comprising the artist’s works. The recording took place during two concerts: the first one held as part of the 45th Bydgoszcz Musical Festival “Karol Szymanowski and masters of the 20th century music”, the other, entitled “The Gala Event at the end of the Szymanowski Year”, on the 14th December 2007. In June 2008, the Orchestra was invited to give a premiere performance of Sinfonia Jubilate by G. Grubba in the Oliva Cathedral. In 2008 and 2009, the Orchestra played concerts in Frankfurt on Oder and in April 2009, gave a guest performance in Perth (Scotland) as part of the first Polish and Scottish cultural festival “Polish Spring – Scottish Tides”. On March 1st, 2010 Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra inaugurated the International Chopin year in Hungary, that was broadcasted for all the Continents through Hungarian TV DUNA and Radio MR 3 Bartok.

On March 14 th, 2010 as every year, Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra performed in the final concert of the festival Musikfesttage an der Oder festival in Frankfurt (Oder). In April, 2011 the Orchestra took part ”On the anniversary of the Katyn and Smolensk Tragedies” in Konzerthaus Berlin and in the concert hall of the Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz. On the occasion of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council, on 12 October 2011 the Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra delivered a performance at Théâtr Saint-Michel in Brussels, one of the most splendid concert halls in Belgium (1500 seats) and then on 15 October in Bydgoszcz. The Brussels concert before international audience given by Bydgoszcz performers featuring the pianist Paweł Wakarecy under the baton of a Japanese conductor Mitsuyoshi Oikawa was a great success.