Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio
The Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio was formed in Poznań in 1968 by Agnieszka Duczmal. Initially the orchestra operated under the auspices of Jeunesses Musicales and later of the Poznań Music Society. When the Orchestra won the Herbert von Karajan Silver Medal in 1976 at the International Young Orchestras Meeting in West Berlin, this led to its transformation one year later into a permanent ensemble of Polish Radio and Television and then into the Amadeus Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Agnieszka Duczmal. In 2009, Anna Duczmal-Mróz became the Orchestra’s second conductor. This duet of two women makes the ensemble a phenomenon on a worldwide scale.
The Orchestra records regularly for Polish Radio, with hundreds of concerts broadcast and more than 10 000 minutes of music recorded, encompassing repertoire from the Baroque to contemporary. The Orchestra worked together with radio stations abroad, recording mainly Polish music. These included the German NDR, WDR & SFB, the BBC in London, CBC in Montreal and Mexican radio. The ensemble recorded more than 100 concerts and music broadcasts for Polish Television and 5 hours of music for Télévision Française 1. For Japanese TV NHK the Orchestra recorded a one hour programme of Polish music. Amadeus’ artistic output includes many first performances, including the world première recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations arranged for chamber orchestra by Józef Koffler.
The Orchestra’s discography boasts more than 50 releases. Amadeus plays concerts in most of Europe, as well as in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Kuwait, Taiwan and Japan. It has frequently worked with world famous soloists, including Maurice André, Martha Argerich, Avi Avital, Patrick Gallois, Charles Richard-Hamelin, Steven Isserlis, Gary Karr, Kevin Kenner, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Mischa Maisky, Wynton Marsalis, Jeremy Menuhin, Igor Oistrakh, Piotr Paleczny, Michala Petri, Ivo Pogorelich, Alexandre Rabinovitch, Vadim Repin, Grigory Sokolov, Guy Touvron, Henryk Szeryng, Maxim Vengerov, Ingolf Wunder, Gheorghe Zamfir and leading Polish soloists.
Among the most famous concert halls in which the Orchestra performed are the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, philharmonic halls in Berlin, Cologne, Munich and Petersburg, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Vienna’s Musikvereinsaal, Pollack Hall in Montreal, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala oraz and the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. The Orchestra regularly appears in many European music festivals.
In 2018 the Orchestra celebrates the 50th anniversary of its artistic activity.