Biography

Grzegorz Nowak is the Permanent Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) in London, promoted to this position in January 2015 after serving for seven years as the Orchestra’s Principal Associate Conductor. He has led the RPO 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, Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Dvořák’s Symphonies Nos.6–9,Tone Poems of Karlowicz, all of the symphonies of Schumann, and the complete symphonies and major orchestral works of Brahms and Tchaikovsky.

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, as well as the Grand Prix Patek Philippe, Rolex Prize, Swiss Prize and American Patronage Prize. In Basel, he received the Europäische Förderpreis für Musik for the European Musician of the Year, awarded by a committee chaired by Pierre Boulez. Since then, he has conducted the world’s finest orchestras and served as Music Director for such orchestras as the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, SWR Radio Orchestra in Germany and Sinfonia Helvetica in Switzerland, as well as the Musique et Amitié Festival. He currently holds the positions of Muisc Director of Spanish Symphony Orchestra in Madrid and of Teatr Wielki / Polish National Opera in Warsaw. His production of Goplana by Zelenski has won the 2017 'Operatic Oscar' from the International Opera Awards in the category of ‘Rediscovered Work', competing with such opera theatres as La Scala in Milan, Teatro Regio di Torino or Komische Oper Berlin.

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… a must’, and its second edition won the Fryderyk Award. Gramophone Magazine praised his ASV recording with the London Symphony Orchestra as ‘outstanding’. His recording of The Polish Symphonic Music of the XIX Century with Sinfonia Varsovia won the CD of the Year Award, the Bronze Bell Award in Singapore and a Fryderyk Award nomination, and the American Record Guide praised it as ‘uncommonly rewarding… sixty-seven minutes of pure gold’. His Hänssler Classic disc featuring Czerny’s Symphonies No.2 and No.6 (world premiere recording and performance, after the discovery of the manuscript in Vienna) was praised as ‘delightful… marvelously colorful… memorable’ by Classics Today. His CD with Anja Silja won two Classical Internet Awards and Classics Today hailed it as ‘simply marvelous’.

Grzegorz Nowak has performed alongside many of the most widely respected soloists of our time, including Martha Argerich, Yefim Bronfman, Nigel Kennedy, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gil Shaham and Krystian Zimerman, and has worked with such singers as Janet Baker, Kathleen Battle, Marilyn Horne, Gwyneth Jones, Sherrill Milnes and Anja Silja.

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Andrea Chénier, Teatr Wielki Warsaw
"Standing ovation… Superb orchestra under a sovereign baton of Grzegorz Nowak was precise, immaculate and expressive."

Andrea Chénier, Teatr Wielki Warsaw
"Orchestra of the Polish National Opera played convincingly under the baton of Grzegorz Nowak with drive and knowledge of multilayered facets of this tension-rich score. Nowak stressed not only effects, but also worked out delicate and intimate musical details. Performance was impeccable, assured and with great precision. Proper balance between stage and orchestra was always maintained."

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