Krzysztof Urbanski

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Krzysztof Urbański
Birth name Krzysztof Urbański
Born Pabianice, Poland
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) conductor
Instruments piano
Years active 2007–"present"
Associated acts Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
Website krzysztofurbanski.com

Krzysztof Urbański is Chief Conductor and Artistic Leader of Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and Music Director for Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (since 2011–12). He was born in Pabianice, Poland in October 1982.

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Urbański graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in 2007 as a student of Antoni Wit, the year that he won First Prize of the Prague Spring International Conducting Competition.[1]

Career[edit]

Biography[edit]

Krzysztof Urbański graduated from the Chopin Music Academy, Warsaw in 2007 and was the unanimous First Prize Winner of the Prague Spring International Conducting Competition. From 2007-2009 he served as Assistant Conductor to the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, working under Music Director Antoni Wit with whom he also studied at University. Currently he holds the position of Adjunct Professor of Music (Orchestral Conducting) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

At the start of the 2010/11 season, Krzysztof Urbański became Chief Conductor of Trondheim Symfoniorkester having been appointed only a week after his highly successful debut with the orchestra in September 2009. In addition, he took up the position of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s seventh Music Director in September 2011, and at age 28, was the youngest music director among major orchestras in the United States at the time.

Urbański has been attracting a considerable amount of attention throughout Europe where this season he returns to the NDR Sinfonieorchester (with whom he conducts Stravinsky’s Firebird and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5), SWR Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart (offering Lutosławski's Concerto for Orchestra), hr-Sinfonieorchester and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. During the 2010/2011 season, he made his debuts with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

He appeared with WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Finnish and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Following highly successful debuts with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra in autumn 2009, he was invited to return to both in spring 2011. He toured to major European venues with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Sol Gabetta as soloist in spring 2013.

Polish repertoire plays an important part in Urbański’s programming. He led the opening concert of the Polish focus at the 2010 Schleswig Holstein Festival with Sinfonia Varsovia, conducting Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Eva Kupiec and Górecki's Symphony No. 3. He made his debut at the 2010 Grant Park Festival in Chicago with a programme including Lutosĺawski’s Concerto for Orchestra and conducts Penderecki’s Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima with NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg in autumn 2010. In his native Poland, last season Urbański participated in a televised concert with Sinfonia Varsovia to mark the 80th birthday of his compatriot Krzysztof Penderecki - conducting Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, and sharing the podium with Charles Dutoit and Valery Gergiev. He also conducted the opening concert of the 2014 Beethoven Easter Festival.

He works regularly with all the major Polish Orchestras, including Sinfonia Varsovia, the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, and served as Assistant Conductor to the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra from 2007-2009. The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music honored Urbański by appointing him Adjunct Professor of Music (Orchestral Conducting) when his tenure with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra began in 2011.[6]

2013/14 saw Krzysztof Urbański’s debuts with Berliner Philharmoniker and Chicago Symphony Orchestra and future highlights see him conduct the London Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras, Münchner Philharmoniker, Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, Finnish Radio Symphony and Oslo Philharmonic orchestras, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. In North America, he appears with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He also returns to the Schleswig-Holstein Akademie Orchestra and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo.

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