Krzysztof Urbanski

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Krzysztof Urbański
Birth name Krzysztof Urbański
Born (1982-10-17) 17 October 1982 (age 34)
Pabianice, Poland
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) conductor
Instruments piano
Years active 2007–present
Associated acts Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra

Krzysztof Urbański (born 17 October 1982, Pabianice, Poland) is a Polish conductor and composer.

Urbański studied conducting at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, where his teachers included Antoni Wit. In 2007, he won First Prize of the Prague Spring International Conducting Competition, and also graduated from the Chopin Music Academy, Warsaw in the same year. He subsequently served as an assistant conductor to the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, from 2007 to 2009.

In September 2009, Urbański made his first guest-conducting appearance with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. That same month, the orchestra named him its next chief conductor, effective with the 2010-2011 season, with an initial contract of 3 years.[1] Following an extension of his initial contract for another 2 years to 2015, in May 2014, his Trondheim contract was further extended to 2017.[2] He is scheduled to conclude his Trondheim tenure at the close of the 2016-2017 season.[3] With the 2015-2016 season, Urbański became principal guest conductor of the NDR Symphony Orchestra.[4]

In April 2010, Urbański first guest-conducted the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO). He was subsequently engaged for a return appearance in June 2010 at the orchestra's summer series, "Music on the Prairie". Based on these two appearances, the ISO named Urbański its 7th music director, effective 1 September 2011, with an initial contract of 4 years.[5] In parallel, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Bloomington appointed Urbański as an adjunct professor of music, with a focus on orchestral conducting, effective with the 2011-2012 academic year.[6] In September 2013, the ISO announced the extension of Urbański's contract as music director through the 2017-2018 season.[7] In April 2013, Urbański became principal guest conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, with an initial contract of 3 years.[8]

Urbański and his wife Joanna maintain residences in Warsaw and in Indianapolis.[9] [10]


  1. ^ "Ny sjefsdirigent fra 2010". Ballade. 2009-09-17. Retrieved 2016-03-19. 
  2. ^ Tone Mørkved (2014-05-09). "Urbanski fram til 2017". Adresseavisen. Retrieved 2016-03-19. 
  3. ^ "TSOs nye sjefdirigent" (Press release). Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. 2016-03-02. Retrieved 2016-03-19. 
  4. ^ "Erster Gastdirigent: Krzysztof Urbański" (Press release). NDR. 2014-04-14. Retrieved 2016-03-19. 
  5. ^ Kathleen McLaughlin (2010-10-19). "ISO chooses young maestro Urbanski as director". Indianapolis Business Journal. Retrieved 2016-03-19. 
  6. ^ "New ISO conductor Krzysztof Urbanski appointed to IU Jacobs School of Music faculty" (Press release). Indiana University. 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2016-03-19. 
  7. ^ "Krzysztof Urbański extends contract as Music Director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra through the 2017-2018 season" (PDF) (Press release). Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. 2013-09-19. Retrieved 2016-03-19. 
  8. ^ "Krzysztof Urbański named Principal Guest Conductor of Tokyo Symphony Orchestra" (Press release). Harrison Parrott. 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2016-03-19. 
  9. ^ Pia Catton (2014-12-03). "A Veteran Falls Sick, and a Rising Star Gets His Big Break". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2016-03-19. 
  10. ^ Kathleen McLaughlin (2010-10-19). "ISO chooses young maestro Urbanski as director". Indianapolis Business Journal. Retrieved 2016-03-19. 

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Preceded by
Eivind Aadland
Chief Conductor, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mario Venzago
Music Director, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by