One of Poland’s foremost conductors, Jacek Kaspsyzk has previously held positions as Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic, NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic, Music Director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and of the Polish National Opera as well as Principal Conductor and Music Advisor of the Noord Nederlands Orkest. He is also Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Beethoven Academy Orchestra in Krakow.
Since his early success at the Karajan Conducting Competition in Berlin, Jacek Kaspszyk has conducted many major orchestras throughout the world including Berlin Philharmonic, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, RSO Berlin, Orchestre de Paris, Vienna Symphony, the Oslo, Stockholm, Rotterdam and Czech Philharmonics, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, with whom he toured Australia. He has worked with all the major London orchestras, the BBC Orchestras (including at the BBC Proms), as well as the Royal Scottish National, the Hallé and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras. He has toured extensively with the Warsaw Philharmonic in Europe, Asia and most recently in the USA to great critical acclaim.
Last season saw performances with the Janacek Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de l’Ile de France with pianist Louis Lortie. Jacek Kaspszyk is regularly invited to China, and in the past, he has conducted the China Philharmonic, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hangzhou Symphony Orchestras.
Highlights of the 2019/20 season were concerts with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Slovenian and Slovak philharmonic orchestras and Orchestra di Padova e di Veneto as well as being welcomed back to the Warsaw Phiharmonic and the Sinfonia Varsovia. He will also return to China to conduct the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras.
Recent guest conducting engagements include the Lucerne, Lahti and Yomiuri Nippon symphony orchestras, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, the Orquesta de Valencia, the Symphony Orchestra of India and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as performances with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, following his highly acclaimed debut with the Mariinsky Opera Orchestra at the White Nights Festival 2017 in St. Petersburg. In addition, he regularly appears at major summer Festivals such as La Roque d’Anthéron, Chopin and his Europe, Kissinger Sommer, the Lugano Festival and the Prague Spring Festival.
In opera, Kaspszyk has worked at renowned opera houses including the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Opéra Comique in Paris, Opéras de Lyon and Bordeaux, English National Opera, Zurich Opera, and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. For the Staatstheater Nürnberg, he conducted Szymanowski’s masterpiece King Roger to great international acclaim.
Widely represented on CD, his recording of Lutosławski’s Symphonies No 2 & 4 with the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic received the 2011 Fryderyk Award as Album of the Year, Symphonic and Concert Music. Kaspszyk has also made a ground-breaking recording of Szymanowski’s King Roger with Polish National Opera.
He enjoys a fruitful collaboration with Martha Argerich, having regularly conducted at the Progetto Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano, documented on several acclaimed CDs for EMI. Recent recordings with the Warsaw Philharmonic for Warner Classics include a critically acclaimed performance of Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater and Symphony No. 3, while his latest CD release (spring 2018) features Mlynarsky’s Symphony Polonia, Penderecki’s Polonaise and Weinberg’s Polish Melodies. Further recordings for Warner Classics are in the pipeline.
Kaspszyk has received the prestigious Elgar Medal in recognition of his many fine performances of Elgar’s works, joining distinguished colleagues like Daniel Barenboim, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrew Litton and Leonard Slatkin. Following an all-Lutoslawski programme for the Warsaw Autumn Festival in October 2013, he was also awarded the Lutoslawski Medal.