Witold Lutosławski Chamber Philharmonic in Łomża
The beginnings of the Witold Lutosławski Chamber Philharmonic in Łomża go back to the establishment in 1977 of the Łomża Chamber Orchestra. Since then the ensemble has given more than one thousand concerts in Poland and abroad and received numerous awards for its artistic achievements and its contribution to the development of musical culture. On 29 October 2008, it was renamed as the Chamber Philharmonic (its full name being the Witold Lutosławski Chamber Philharmonic in Łomża).
The orchestra’s successive directors were Mieczysław Szymański, Henryk Szwedo and Tadeusz Chachaj. The last director was given the title of Honorary Principal Conductor by his successor, Jan Miłosz Zarzycki, who assumed the post of Managing and Artistic Director in 2004.
The orchestra has performed with prominent conductors: Tomasz Bugaj, Pierangelo Gelmini, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Marek Pijarowski, Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Stefan Fraas, Giancarlo De Lorenzo, Peder Rensvik, Jerzy Salwarowski, Józef Wiłkomirski, and famous soloists, including Eugene Indjic, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Wiesław Ochman, Grażyna Brodzińska and Piotr Paleczny.
Orchestra has taken part in numerous prestigious festivals such as the Kristiansund Kirke Kunst Kulturfestival (Norway), Klaipeda Music Spring (Lithuania), ‘Užutrakio Vakarai’ Festival in Troki (Lithuania), the ‘Songs from the River Salcia’ Festival in Solechniki (Lithuania), Festival “Music at the Baliński Palace in Jaszuny” (Lithuania), International Organ and Chamber Music Festival in Giżycko, the Moniuszko Festival of the Podlasie Region and the Operetta and Opera Festival in Mazovia. The ensemble also performed at the 1st Warsaw Tournament of Tenors, 6th International Competition of Piano Duos in Białystok,
the National Philharmonic in Warsaw and the Royal Concerts at the Royal Castle in Wilanów. It has also done a lot to consolidate Polish cultural traditions giving regular concerts in Lithuania and Belarus (Grodno). Foreign tours also took it to France (2009) and Norway (2012).
The orchestra’s discography includes 13 CDs, five of which won a nomination for the Fryderyk Award of the Polish Recording Industry and one to International Classical Music Awards.
Witold Lutosławski Chamber Philharmonic in Łomża is the organizer of the International Chamber Music Festival ‘Sacrum et Musica’ which was founded in 2005 as well as a series of concerts entitled ‘Musical evenings at Lutosławski's’.
Gustaw Ciężarek - koncertmistrz
Cezary Gójski - koncertmistrz