NFM Orkiestra Leopoldinum
During the forty years of its activity, the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra has achieved a high position on the classical music scene, also got to know various methods of leading the ensemble and developed its own approach to music, combining emotive sound with textural clarity.
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Critics pay attention to these features of the orchestra's playing, also valuing its performances for expressive engagement. From 2017, the excellent violinist and conductor Joseph Swensen is artistic director of the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra.
From the beginning, the orchestra was led by outstanding violinists – leaders: K. Teutsch, J. Stanienda the and its longtime concertmaster, Z. Szufłat. Initially, it focused largely on Classical and even Baroque works, then expanded the repertoire to the music of the 20th century. Performing the works of contemporary artists became a priority.
Under the direction of another outstanding musician, E. Kovacic, the orchestra began exploring some niches of 20th-century music. The fruit of this insightful quest were recordings recorded in recent years, among which albums with works by E. Křenek (Capriccio and Toccata Classics) and L. Janáček (DUX), with string transcriptions of Alban Berg’s works (Berg by Arrangement, Toccata Classics; recognized by the "Sunday Times" as one of the best albums of the year) and the "Kunst der Fuge" (CD Accord). The two latest albums – "Made in Poland" (CD Accord) and "Supernova" (CD Accord), with Ch. Danowicz as leader, recorded with the Atom String Quartet, were honored with the Fryderyk 2018 and Fryderyk 2019 awards.
The NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra has performed in the most important venues of Europe, such as the Barbican Centre in London, Philharmonie, Konzerthaus and Schauspielhaus in Berlin, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Tivolis Koncertsal in Copenhagen, Teatro Victoria Eugenia in San Sebastián, as well as at major European festivals, and among them the Pablo Casals Festival Prado, Muziekfestival West-Brabant in the Netherlands, Bodenseefestival and Weilburger Schloss-Konzerte in Germany, Echternach in Luxembourg, Festival de musique du Perigord Noir in France, Estoril in Portugal, Flanders Festival and Europalia in Belgium, Wratislavia Cantans or Musica Polonica Nova in Wrocław.