Antoni Wit

Antoni Wit - conductor, born in 1944 in Cracow, directed the Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Polish Radio Orchestra and Choir, for 17 years he lead the Great, and later the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio in Katowice. From 2002 he holds the post of Chief and Artistic Director of the National Philharmonic. Throughout his entire career he let himself be known as a passionate propagator of Polish music, especially that of the twentieth century, which he performs throughout the world.

Works by Witold Lutosławski have secured a permanent place in his repertoire. Together with the composer he conducted Trois poèmes d'Henri Michaux in the monographic Lutosławski concert at the Berlin Philharmonic. On May 23, 1993, Antoni Wit gave the Polish premiere of Lutosławski's Symphony no. 4 in the Polish Radio's Studio S-1. In his recordings, especially those for Naxos, which were recognized through numerous awards, he memorialized the complete works with orchestra by Karol Szymanowski, Witold Lutosławski, and Krzysztof Penderecki.

The value of these performances was emphasized by Danuta Gwizdalanka and Krzysztof Meyer: "The series of records with Witold Lutosławski's complete works for orchestra conducted by Antoni Wit provides us with interpretations that are more precise and more enrapturing than those which were recorded by the composer himself".

In January of this year, Antoni Wit together with Anne-Sophie Mutter will inaugurate the Year of Lutosławski in Poland in a celebratory concert at the National Philharmonic.

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