Urbanski becomes new Principal Guest Conductor

Posted: April 15, 2014 in Music
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Here’s some great news about Krzysztof Urbanski, the Music Director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra:

Krzysztof Urbanski, one of the outstanding representatives of the emerging generation of conductors, will become the Principal Guest Conductor of the North German Radio (NDR) Symphony Orchestra as of the 2015-2016 season.

With this appointment the orchestra also makes a conscious move related to its future role as the resident orchestra of the Elbe Philharmonic Hall:  with his dynamic guest appearances, Urbanski impressed  musicians and audiences as well, and understood in particular how to excite younger concertgoers about classical music.

Regular Guest Conductor for the Past Five Years

Krzysztof Urbanski is happy about the new assignment:  “I first conducted the North German Radio Symphony in 2009 in a concert of works by Kilar, Martinu, and Dvorak.  Since our first meeting I’ve had the good fortune to work regularly with the ensemble–each time with totally different repertoire, whether it be Polish, Czech, German, or Russian composers.  I’ve always been captivated by the sound quality of the orchestra and the commitment of the musicians.  No matter how challenging the assignment, they all approach it with a musical intelligence and sensibility that one doesn’t often find as a conductor.  That makes this orchestra unique, and I can hardly wait for the chance to be able to work and make music with this wonderful ensemble.”

Urbanski made an impression in an all-Brahms program at the beginning of the 2013/2014 season, as he stepped in for Thomas Hengelbrock.

After his brilliant success with Stravinsky’s “Sacre” last year, he will now dedicate himself to strengthening the Eastern-European repertoire, further shaping the programs of the North German Radio Symphony.

Alan Gilbert to make further appearances with the NDR Symphony as well

As Principal Guest Conductor, Urbanski will work with the NDR Symphony on concerts, tours, recordings,

and educational projects for up to four weeks annually, beginning in 2015. He thus succeeds Alan Gilbert, who has held that position with the NDR Symphony for ten years and will remain connected with the ensemble in future collaborations.

Great Charisma and Strong Programmatic Accents

Andrea Zietzschmann, director of the NDR Orchestra, Choir and Concerts division, says: “The NDR Symphony Orchestra has worked successfully for many years with Krzysztof Urbanski and has supported his career through regular guest appearances. We are convinced of his talent and his creative power, and are happy to be able to connect him more closely with the orchestra as Principal Guest Conductor. Urbanski will bring strong programmatic accents to the North, and with his charismatic presence will certainly develop a multi-generational following.”


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