Polish Chamber Philharmonic Sopot

In February 1982, Wojciech Rajski brought together a group of talented Polish string players to found an orchestra which he called the „Polish Chamber Philharmonic”. After meticulous rehearsals, the string orchestra made its début at the Musical Theatre Gdynia and abroad at the opening of Schliessheimer Summer in Munich and 37th Summer Music Days Hitzacker. The young ensemble has delighted the public and critics and it brought him the invitations to all German festivals and to most important concert venues like Berlin Philharmonic, Gasteig in Munich, Gewandthaus in Leipzig, Musikhalle in Hamburg, Pleyel House in Paris, Musikverein in Wien and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Since 1984 the orchestra has performed also in extended formation as a classical full orchestra and also since that year it carries the name of Polish Chamber Philharmonic Sopot.

At the end of 80-ies the orchestra has given about hundred concerts every year especially in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, the USA, China, Japan, Belgium, Denmark, Luxemburg, Great Britain and other countries. In 1987 the orchestra has given 33 concerts in United States playing i.e. in J. F. Kennedy Centre in Washington and MetropolitanMuseum in New York. It has visited US for the second time in 1999. The ensemble was also to Asia in 1990 inChina and to Japan in 1997. Philharmonic has concerted with worldwide famous soloists i.e. Mscislaw Roztropowicz, Borys Pergamentschikow, Natalia Gutman, Irene Grafenauer, Sabine i Wolfgang Meyer, Guy Touvron, Misha Maisky, Raphael Oleg, Gil Shaham, David Geringas, Gary Karr and Ivo Pogorelić. The Best Polish soloists concert continually with the orchestra in Poland and abroad.

The ensemble takes part at most important famous European festivals i.e. Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheingau Festival, Prague Spring, Weilburger Schlosskonzerte, Festival van Vlaanderen, La Chaise-Dieu and many others. Over 10 times the orchestra has attended the Musical Festival in Łańcut and at National Philharmonic in Warsaw for many Times. According to Chopin’s Year it has also given Chopin’s piano concerts in Genf.

The Polish Chamber Philharmonic has recorded more than 60 CDs since the beginning. First analogue long plays have been recorded in 1983 for Wifon and Thorofon and since 1986 Philharmonic recorded also for EMI, Midas, Claves, Sonomaster, Opus, Mediaphon, DUX and many others.

The recording of “Piano concert e-moll” of this CD is the first one recorded in version for piano and strings orchestra.

Since 1997 after 15 years waiting thanks Sopot’s authorities’ and Baltic Artistic Agency BART’s efforts the Polish Chamber Philharmonic lived to its own seat in Sopot on the space of Forest Opera. The Polish Chamber Philharmonic is culture institution of The Pomeranian Voivodeship’s Local Government.