Kazimierz Kord

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Kazimierz Kord (18 November 1930 – 29 April 2021) was a Polish conductor. Between 1949 and 1955, he studied piano at the Leningrad Conservatory. He also studied at the Academy of Music in Kraków.

He held major conducting positions with the Warsaw Philharmonic and the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra. His operatic guest conducting engagements included the first performance in Russian of Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades at the Metropolitan Opera (Met) in the 1972–1973 season,[1] and both Aida at the Met and Eugene Onegin at the Royal Opera House, London in 1976.[2][3] His recordings include the first stereo version of Don Quichotte by Jules Massenet, with Nicolai Ghiaurov in the title role, Gabriel Bacquier as Sancho Panza, and Régine Crespin as Dulcinée.[4]

He was Principal Guest Conductor and Music Advisor of the Pacific Symphony of Orange County, California (USA) for their 1989–1990 season.

In 2001 he received the Knight's Cross of the Polonia Restituta Order.[5]


  1. ^ Stevens, Denis, "Reports" (New York) (March 1973). The Musical Times, 114 (1561): pp. 293–295.
  2. ^ Smith, Patrick J., "Reports" (New York) (1976). The Musical Times, 117 (1606): p. 1023.
  3. ^ Evidon, Richard, "Music in London" (June 1976). The Musical Times, 117 (1600): pp. 503–505, 507–509.
  4. ^ MacDonald, Hugh, "Record Reviews" (Werther, Cendrillon, Don Quichotte) (August 1980). The Musical Times, 121 (1650): 504–505.
  5. ^ Kazimierz Kord page at Polish culture site accessed 10 January 2014.

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Jan Krenz
Music Director, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by
Preceded by Music Director, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Succeeded by
Preceded by Principal Conductor, Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by