|Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Antoni Wit, Director
Hometown: Warsaw, Poland
Web site: http://www.filharmonia.pl
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For over 100 years, the Warsaw Philharmonic has been one of Poland's most distinguished musical institutions. Join us for an exciting Opening Night for the Worcester Music Festival's 153rd season. Maestro Antoni Wit will be conducting the orchestra on their U.S. tour and the performance will feature the exciting young pianist Yulianna Avdeeva, 2010 First Prize winner of the the 16th Chopin Competition in Warsaw - the first woman to win this competition in 45 years!
The first concert of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra took place on November 5, 1901 in the newly built Philharmonic Hall. This inaugural concert was conducted by Emil Młynarski, co-founder, first music director and principal conductor of the Orchestra . The soloist was the world-famous pianist, composer and future statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The program of this historic concert included Paderewski’s Piano Concerto in A minor and works by other Polish composers: Chopin, Moniuszko, Noskowski, Stojowski and Zelenski.
On 21 February 1955, the new Philharmonic Hall on Jasna Street was re-opened on the site of its previous seat, destroyed by German air raids. On that day, the Warsaw Philharmonic was granted the status of the National Philharmonic of Poland. This represented the status which the Orchestra had achieved in Poland as the leading institution of its kind in the country.
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