Biography

About us


The NOSPR was founded in 1935 in Warsaw by Grzegorz Fitelberg, who led it until the outbreak of the Second World War. In 1945, the Orchestra was revived in Katowice by Witold Rowicki. In 1947, the post of artistic director was taken again by Grzegorz Fitelberg. After his death (1953), the Orchestra was headed by Jan Krenz, Bohdan Wodiczko, Kazimierz Kord, Tadeusz Strugała, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Stanisław Wisłocki, Jacek Kaspszyk, Antoni Wit, Gabriel Chmura and, once again, Jacek Kaspszyk.

In September 2000, Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa became General and Programme Director of the NOSPR. In August 2012, Alexander Liebreich became Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the NOSPR. In September 2018, Ewa Bogusz-Moore took up the post of General and Programme Director of the NOSPR.

Apart from making archive recordings for Polish Radio, the Orchestra has recorded more than 200 CDs (Diapason d’Or, Grand Prix du Disque and International Classical Music Awards i.a.). Many famous conductors and soloists have appeared with the NOSPR all over the world. The Orchestra has implemented numerous projects, such as ‘Maraton twórczości Góreckiego’, ‘Pociąg do muzyki Kilara’, ‘Muzyczne podróże morskie’.

Since 2015 the NOSPR – winner of 2018 ICMA Special Award – has organised the Katowice Kultura Natura Festival, and since 2005 the Festival of World Premieres – Polish Modern Music.

 

Prizes


International Classical Music Awards (ICMA)

 

International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) for the album "Szymanowski, Lutosławski" / NOSPR, Alexander Liebreich, Gautier Capuçon.


APRIL 2017

Koryfeusz Muzyki Polskiej 2015

Opening of the new seat of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice and the Opening Festival awarded with the Koryfeusz Muzyki Polskiej 2015 award in the Event of the Year category


NOVEMBER 2015

Diamond Microphone

award of the Management Board of the Polish Radio "for enormous artistic achievements, worldwide recognition and 75 years of systematic presence in the air of the Polish Radio".


OCTOBER 2010

Midem Classical Awards

in the Contemporary Music category for the record with Krzysztof Penderecki's compositions performed by Patrycja Piekutowska, Beata Bilińska and the PNRSO conducted by the composer as issued by the DUX company.

JANUARY 2008

Fryderyki 2006

in the Album of the Year – Archive Recordings category for the record from the series Polish Conductors: Henryk Czyż, as well as in the Album of the Year – Contemporary Music category for the record from the National Works series with recording of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's 3rd Symphony with participation of the soloist Zofia Kilanowicz as conducted by the composer. Both records were issued by the Polish Radio.

JANUARY 2007

Golden Mark of Distinction for services for the Silesian Province

granted by the Regional Council of the Silesian Province.

APRIL 2006

Orpheus Award

for the best performance of Polish Music at the Warsaw Autumn Contemporary Music International Festival, the award granted by the critics' section of the Polish Musicians Association.

SEPTEMBER 2005

Award of the Mayor of the City of Katowice in the Field of Culture in the year 2004

granted for the world highest artistic level and the most significant achievements in music and for promoting Katowice and Poland in concert halls at home and abroad.

NOVEMBER 2004

Merit Award of the Minister of Culture

for the PNRSO's outstanding achievements in dissemination of culture.

JUNE 2004

Fryderyki 2003

in the Orchestral Music category for the record from the series Polish Conductors: Grzegorz Fitelberg (historical recordings 1948-53) issued by the Polish Radio; the record has won another Fryderyk Award in the Most Outstanding Recording of Polish Music category.

JANUARY 2004

Diapason d'Or 2002

for the record with Karol Szymanowski's Stabat Mater as recorded for EMI by the PNRSO under the leadership of Antoni Wit, with Jadwiga Gadulanka, Jadwiga Rappe and Andrzej Hiolski as soloists. The record was issued by DUX.

MARCH 2002

Prix International du Disque - Cannes Classical Awards

in the Orchestral Music of the 20th Century category for the record with Turangalîla-Symphonie by Olivier Messiaen as recorded for NAXOS by the PNRSO with Antoni Wit as the conductor.

FEBRUARY 2002

Fryderyk 2001

in the Orchestral Music category for the record from the series Polish Conductors: Jan Krenz as issued by the Polish Radio.

JANUARY 2002

The Wojciech Korfanty Merit Award

for the PNRSO's great and incontestable services for the national, European, and world culture as awarded by the Upper Silesian Union in Katowice.

APRIL 1999

Platinum Laurels of Skills and Competence

of the Regional Chamber of Commerce in Katowice for Antoni Wit and the PNRSO in recognition of their enormous artistic achievements and promotion of the Silesian and national culture in Poland, Europe and the world.

FEBRUARY 1999

Orpheus Award

for Antoni Wit and the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra for the best performance of Polish Music at the Warsaw Autumn Contemporary Music International Festival, the award granted by the critics' section of the Polish Musicians Association.

SEPTEMBER 1996

Grand Prix du Disque 1992

for the album with Sergei Prokofiev's piano concerts as recorded for NAXOS by the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antoni Wit with participation of Kun Woo Paik.

MARCH 1993

Diapason d`Or 1992

for the album with Sergei Prokofiev's piano concerts as recorded for NAXOS by the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antoni Wit with participation of Kun Woo Paik.

FEBRUARY 1993

Award for Artistic Achievements in the year 1990

granted to the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra by the Radio and TV Committee.

JANUARY 1991

Record of the Year 1985 of the Gramophone magazine

for the record with Karol Szymanowski's Stabat Mater as recorded for EMI by the Polish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antoni Wit.

DECEMBER 1985

Orpheus Award

for Antoni Wit and the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra for the best performance of Polish Music at the Warsaw Autumn Contemporary Music International Festival, the award granted by the critics' section of the Polish Musicians Association.

OCTOBER 1984

Diploma of Merit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

for outstanding services in propagating Polish culture abroad.

MAY 1981

Golden Badge of Merit for Services for the Katowice Province

granted to the Polish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra by the Provincial People's Council.

MAY 1980

Award of the German Academy of Phonography for the year 1978

for the album with Mussorgsky's opera Boris Godunov as recorded for EMI by the Polish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jerzy Semkow. The album was also honoured with the German Schallplattenpreis, the Grand Prix of the Italian musical reviewers and Grand Prix du Disque.

DECEMBER 1978

Golden Muse 1973

for the record with Stravinsky's suite from The Firebird ballet and Symphony of Psalms as recorded for Polskie Nagrania by the Polish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bohdan Wodiczko.

OCTOBER 1973

Golden Muse 1972

for the record with Mozart's Symphony in C major KV 452 and Symphony B major KV 319 as recorded for Polskie Nagrania by the Polish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jerzy Semkow.

SEPTEMBER 1972

1st Prize at the S. Kusewicki Musical Fund International Competition

for the record with Witold Lutosławski's Three Poems by Henri Michaux as recorded by the Polish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer and Jan Krenz.

OCTOBER 1964

First Class Order of the Banner of Labour

granted by the State Council for outstanding artistic achievements in the field of propagation of musical culture in Poland and popularization of Polish music abroad.

JULY 1964

Awards for Performance at the Polish Music Festival

the First Prize for the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Second Prize for Jan Krenz.

DECEMBER 1951

2nd Degree State Artistic Award for ensembles for the year 1950

for the high performance level and propagation of Polish music at home and abroad.

JULY 1950

Golden Medals

for the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Grzegorz Fitelberg at the competition of European orchestras and conductors as organised on the occasion of the World Exhibition in Paris.

OCTOBER 1937