Grzegorz Nowak, Principle Associate Conductor, Royal Philharmonic, London, England
Grzegorz Nowak is the Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. He has led the Orchestra on tours to Switzerland, Turkey and Armenia, as well as giving numerous concerts throughout the UK. His RPO recordings include Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” and “Italian” Symphonies, Shostakovitch’s Symphony No. 5, Dvořák’s Symphonies Nos. 6-9, all the symphonies of Schumann and complete symphonies and major orchestral works of Brahms and Tchaikovsky.
Recordings of Grzegorz Nowak have been highly acclaimed by the press and public alike, winning many awards. Diapason in Paris praised his KOS live recording with Martha Argerich and Sinfonia Varsovia as “indispensable..un must”, and its second edition won the Fryderyk Award. His recording of the Polish Symphonic Music of the XIX Century with Sinfonia Varsovia won the DC of the Year Wards, the Bronze Bell Award in Singapore and Fryderyk Award nomination, the American Record Guide praised it as “uncommonly rewarding…67 minutes of pure gold” and hailed his Gallo disc of Frank Martin with Biel Symphony as “by far the best. The Hanssler Classic disc with Czerny Symphonies No. 2 and No. 6 (world premiere recording) was praised as “delightful…marvelously colorful…memorable” by Classics Today and as a “great musical discovery” by Musical Heritage Society, while Weill’s music with Anja Silja won two Classical Internet Awards and Classics Today wrote “This is the finest recording of the Seven Deadly Sins currently available…simply marvelous and tremendous recording”. The Gramophone Magazine praised his ASV recording with the London Symphony Orchestra s “Outstanding…superbly caught.”
Grzegorz Nowak’s career propelled to international level after he won the prestigious Ernest Ansermet Conducting Competition in Geneva, winning the first prize and all special prizes, including the Grand Prix Patek Philippe, Rolex Prize, Swiss Prize and American Patronage Prize, and received in Basel the Europäische Förderpreis fur Musik for the European Musician of the Year by a Committee chaired by Pierrre Boulez.
As a recipient of the Serge Koussevitzky Fellowship at Tanglewood, he honed his skills with such masters as Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Erich Leinsdorf, Maurice Abravanel and Igor Markevitch, before assisting Kurt Masur with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then, he has conducted the world’s finest orchestras and served as Music Director for such orchestras as the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Opera in Warsaw, SWR Radio Orchestra in Germany, Sinfonia Helvetica and Festival Musique & Amitié Festival in Switzerland and is currently the “Director Titular” of the Orquesta Sinfónica de España and Orquesta Santa Cecilia in Madrid. He is also Artist-in-Residence at the Florida International University in Miami, was honored with the Distinguished Teacher Award during is tenure ad Professor at the BGSU University in Ohio, and the University of Alberta honored him with the title of Honorary Professor
G. Nowak has performed alongside many of the most widely respected soloists of our time, including Martha Argerich, Yefim Bronfman, Nigel Kennedy, Anne-Sofie Mutter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gil Shaham, Andre Watts, Krystian Zimmerman, and has worked with such singers as Janet Baker, Kathleen Battle, Marilyn Horne, Gwyneth Jones, Sherrill Milnes and Anja Silja.