Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa

General and Programme Director Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa

Prizes and awards

Gold Medal for the Contribution for the Country's Defence, Gold Medal for the Caretaker of National Memory Places, Meritorious Culture Activist, Minister of Culture and Art's Award of the 3rd degree for pedagogic activities

She was born in Gdynia on 28th May, 1949. She has lived in Cracow since she was five. There she finished State Secondary Music School, diploma in theory of piano, she also attended violin and oboe classes. She studied in Music Academy in Cracow in the class of conducting and composition, diploma in 1974, in professor Penderecki's class. She made supplementary studies at master courses of conducting by professor H. Swarowsky (Austria, 1971-72). She attended opera practice in Silesian Opera in Bytom in 1973. In the years 1973-74 she was employed on the post of musical director in the Folk Theatre (Teatr Ludowy) in Nowa Huta and in the years 1977-78 in the Old Theatre (Teatr Stary) in Cracow.
Since 1974 she has been a lecturer in Music Academy in Cracow and a member of Music Analysis and Interpretation Institute. She took part in numerous seminars and scientific sessions. She has been interested in journalism, she wrote scientific works (including several publications concerning theatrical activities of Zygmunt Konieczny). As a conductor she participated in important international festivals (Warsaw Autumn, Oregon Bach Festival). In her composing activities theatrical music (among others Ionesco's The King Dies, Molier's Misanthrope in the Old Theatre) as well as music for TV theatre (among others Słowacki's Salome's Silvery Dream) was of a significant importance. She has also made several musical arrangements of TV theatre plays (among others those directed by Kutz: Four-handed Supper, Antigo in New York, Emigrants, Uncle Wania). In 1991 she won in the contest for the post of General Director of State Philharmonics in Cracow. She is especially praised for rebuilding the philharmonics building after the fire (11th December, 1991). After not even half a year she had the concert hall renovated and after the whole year she had the whole building renovated and ready. This renovation was an example of extraordinarily quick organization and good economy.
While arranging concert programs of Cracow Philharmonics she insisted on ensuring special place for Polish music. She put great importance to musical education of the youth. She was a consultant of Programmatic Council of Cracow 2000 Festival and a member of Villa Decius association.
Because of recommendation of Freedom Union she became the Minister of Culture and Art. This post she held from 30th October, 1997 to 25th March, 1999. While holding the post she took care of development of culture of national minorities. As the Minister of Culture and Art she took active part in extraordinarily important meetings such as UNESCO meeting concerning culture matters (Multiculturalism of societies, Stockholm 1998), world conference of ministers of culture in Canada (Our Creative Pluralism, Ottawa 1998) as well as the meeting of ministers of culture of countries-members of the European Union (Linz 1998). In December 1998 she was the chairman of Polish delegation at international conference in Washington, devoted to return of assets to the victims of holocaust.
On 15th September 2001, by way of a contest, she became the General and Programme Director of National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.