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ARCIS SAXOPHONE QUARTET (Germany) –  These four young musicians from Munich, possessed of a charismatic and authentic stage presence, set audiences aflame with their spark-throwing enthusiasm and burning passion for this rare form of chamber music. In their highly professional, exact interpretations, they explore the relationship between individual expressivity and the interwoven quality that makes chamber music what it is. And in doing so, they captivate listeners with their joy of playing and expressive depth. This eagerness to communicate, along with their acute perception of one another, makes possible virtually “una voce” articulation. The resulting effect is far-reaching both sonically and musically, with the saxophone’s entire spectrum of colour coming brilliantly to light.  March of 2013 saw the release of their first CD, “Arcis Saxophon Quartett spielt Enjott Schneider”, on Ambient Audio. In April 2017 their CD “Rasch” was released on Genuin. The ensemble’s activities in 2013 were marked by important international accomplishments: they won first prizes at the Musikwettbewerb des Kulturkreises Gasteig e.V. (Munich; in addition to the Audience Prize), at the International Music Competition Concorso Argento (Italy), and at the First Classical Music International Internet-Festival “Chance Music” (Russia). They also received a third prize at the 13th Chieri International Competition (Italy), as well as a second prize at the Chamber Music Competition of the Alice Samter Foundation Berlin in 2014. In 2015 they won a first prize at the 4th international Contest – Festival of Chamber Ensemble Performance named after T.A. Gaidamovich in Magnitogorsk (Russia) and in 2016 a first prize at the 1st Rising Stars Grand Prix 2016 – International Music Competition Berlin. Furthermore, the ensemble was honored with the Bayerische Kunstförderpreis 2016 and awarded with the Scholarship of the Theodor-Rogler-Foundation, a Scholarship of Music by the City of Munich and a Scholarship of the Erika and Georg Dietrich FoundationThe ensemble was founded in 2009 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, and studied chamber music under the Artemis Quartet at the Berlin University of the Arts, with additional instruction from Koryun Asatryan and Prof. Friedemann Berger in Munich. The quartet has been a member of the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA, Prof. Hatto Beyerle, Prof. Johannes Meissl e.a.) since 2014. In addition, they are supported by a scholarship of Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now and the PE-Förderungen for Students of Music. They take the world’s stages by storm: After their international debut in the Great Hall of Tchaikovsky Conservatory Moscow and the concert in Wigmore Hall, the invitation to play in Berlin Philharmonie in 2017 marked a new milestone in their career.


ÃTMA QUARTET (Poland) – string quartet; considered one of the most interesting string quartets of the young generation, it was established in 2016 and for two years operated under the name New Music Quartet. It comprises graduates of academies of music in Poland – Katarzyna Gluza (violin), Paulina Marcisz (violin), Karalina Orsik-Sauter (viola) and Dominika Szczypka (cello). From the very beginning, the ensemble has been involved in intensive concert activity, popularizing chamber music in Poland and abroad, with a special place in its repertoire occupied by the works of Polish composers. The ensemble won the first prize and three special awards in Karol Szymanowski International String Quartet Competition in Katowice (2017), Förderpreis and Bärenreiter Urtext Preis during the Internationaler Wettbewerb ‘Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne’ in Graz (2018) and the third prize in Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition in Katowice (2018). It has been awarded the scholarship of the Mayor of Bydgoszcz twice. Ãtma Quartet is a laureate of the ‘Young Poland’ scholarship programme of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2018), which opened a possibility of recording an album with the works of Polish composers.


PIOTR BUSZEWSKI – a Polish-born tenor, began his education at Frederic Chopin State Music School Complex in Warsaw in the class of Leszek Świdziński, and then went on to study at Fredric Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in the class of Prof. Jerzy Knetig. He continued his education in the opera studio at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecillia under the supervision of Renata Scotto, Juilliard School in New York in the class of Dr Robert C. White Jr. and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia in the class of Bill Schuman. In the upcoming season he will join the Accademia Teatro all Scala in Milan and make his debut in Europe, in the production of L’elisir d’amore, which opens the season at the Leipzig Opera, and in Asia as Camille de Rossillon in the operetta Die lustige Witwe in Hong Kong. In recent seasons, Piotr debuted in the American premiere of Donizetti’s Pygmalion in the title role at the New York City Opera. He also appeared as Prince in Rigoletto at the Filene Center with Wolf Trap Opera, Leander in Le médicine malgré lui with the Odyssey Opera in Boston and Tybalt in  Roméo et Juliette with the Cincinnati Opera. At the Academy of Vocal Arts, he played the role of Loge, the god of fire, in the first part of Wagner’s tetralogy Das Rheingold, Prince in Rusalka and Ferrando in Così fan tutte. Apart from the opera, he also made his debut in Berlioz’s oratorio Te Deum with Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and in a co-production with Hong Kong Ballet in Kurt Weill’s Die sieben Todsünden. Piotr’s artistic output also includes appearances as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Academy of Vocal Arts, Ernesto in Don Pasquale with the Brevard Music Festival, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Oberlin in Italy and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi during the Trentino Music Festival. One of his main artistic goals is to promote Polish music in the international arena, which he pursued by presenting a series of songs by Karol Szymanowski at Alice Tully Hall in New York, and performing Stefan’s aria during the final concert at the Metropolitan Opera. In 2019, Piotr won the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition in Los Angeles, won the sixth prize and seven special prizes in the Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition in Warsaw, and became a finalist in the National Council Auditions organised by The Metropolitan Opera in New York. In 2018, Piotr won the third prize and the Accademia Teatro alla Scala special prize at the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition in Istanbul. In 2017 Piotr received the first prize in the Mario Lanza Competition in Philadelphia, second prize in the Giargiari Belcanto Competition in Philadelphia, third prize in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition in New York and a distinction in the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition. In 2016, he won the third prize in the International Zinka Milanov Competition in Rijeka and a special prize in the Otto Edelmann voice competition in Vienna. In 2015, Piotr received the second prize at the Marcella Sembrich International Vocal Competition in New York and a competition organized by Hal Leonard Publishing House.


ENSEMBLE NYLANDIA – The Finnish early music collective ENSEMBLE NYLANDIA was founded in Helsinki in 2009 by its artistic director Matias Häkkinen and a leading group of younger generation baroque musicians in Finland. It is renewing and shaking up the field of early music with its innovative risk-taking attitude. It gives opportunities for its members to share their talents and collaborates with artists who have big hearts and a lot to say and show. Ensemble Nylandia’s main focuses and favourite genres have been different concertos including works commissioned by it and dramatic projects including lesser known opera and oratorio repertoire.

  • Matias Häkkinen (b.1981) is one of the most active, dedicated and interesting musicians in his native Finland. He has a wide repertoire that ranges from renaissance to most recent contemporary music with a special interest in late 17th century music. He is a versatile musician who has given solo recitals, as well as worked as a conductor, lied-pianist, organist, chamber musician and accompanist with several singers, instrumentalists, and as a member of different ensembles and orchestras all around Europe. He is also working as a writer, lecturer and expert of early music matters and keyboard instruments as a freelancer in different organisations.
  • Tuuli Lindeberg is one of the leading performers of baroque and contemporary vocal music in her native country. She collaborates regularly with the best chamber orchestras and chamber music ensembles in Finland, appearing frequently as a soloist in oratorios, other choral works, stage productions and in concert recitals. She has given several premieres of new vocal works written for her voice.
  • Taavi Oramo is a singer, electronic musician and conductor. In this project he specializes in live sampling and sound manipulation.
  • Antti Salovaara is bassoonist in Esbjerg Ensemble in Denmark and in experimental electronic woodwind ensemble Tölöläb.

JAKUB CHRENOWICZ – conductor; He graduated in orchestral and stage conducting from the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań (diploma with distinction, 2010) after studies with Prof. Jerzy Salwarowski. As an LLP/Erasmus scholarship holder he studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt-am-Main. Recipient of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage scholarships (three times), as well as the scholarship of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, where he took part in Gianluigi Gelmetti’s master class.Winner of distinctions and awards in international conducting competitions and courses, including: the award for the best participant of the National Conducting Course, taught by Jerzy Salwarowski and accompanied by Częstochowa Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (2007), as well as the award for the best participant of the of the International Course for Conductors in Ciudad de Torrevieja (Spain) in the same year. He reached the semi-finals of the M. Malko International Conducting Competition in Copenhagen (2009). Jakub Chrenowicz began his professional career as an assistant to Antoni Wit at Warsaw Philharmonic (2010-12). He has conducted such Polish orchestras as e.g. Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Poznań Philharmonic, the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra in Poznań, Łódź Philharmonic Orchestra, Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra, Częstochowa Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Lower Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra. He has led concerts featuring such outstanding soloists as Jadwiga Rappé, Izabella Kłosińska, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Piotr Paleczny, Romuald Tesarowicz, and Alexander Gavrylyuk.The artist made his conducting debut with the Warsaw Philharmonic in the 2010-11 season at the Father Jerzy Popiełuszko Beatification concert in St Stanislaus Kostka Church in Warsaw, and the Independence Day concert. 2011-12 saw his debut at the Grand Theatre – National Opera, where he musically directed the premiere of Biblical Stories staged by the Polish National Ballet. Since the 2012-13 season Jakub Chrenowicz has been the principal conductor of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in Białystok.


KRZYSZTOF HERDZIN BIG BAND – a pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, music producer, multi-instrumentalist, the author of jazz adaptations of Frederic Chopin’s works, orchestrator of Oscar-winning music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.  As a pianist he has performed with an orchestra (‘Rhapsody in Blue’ by G. Gershwin, ‘Concerto in A minor’ by E. Grieg, his own ‘Concertino for piano and orchestra’), he has also recorded chamber music for Bayerische Rundfunk in Munich, collaborated with the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation ‘Live Music Now’, and performed in chamber music concerts with clarinettist Wojtek Mrożek, world-famous violinists Vadim Brodsky, Mariusz Patyra, saxophonist Paweł Gusner and outstanding flautists Jadwiga Kotnowska and Agata Igras, with string quartets Camerata, Prima Vista, Royal String Quartet. He has actively cooperated with almost all of the greatest Polish star artists, including Aleksandra Kurzak, Małgorzata Walewska, Ewa Małas-Godlewska, Kayah, Edyta Górniak, Ewa Bem, Łucja Prus, Halina Frąckowiak, Anna Maria Jopek, Edyta Geppert, Lora Szafran, Natalia Kukulska, Maryla Rodowicz, Irena Santor, Olga Bończyk, Anna Serafińska, Dorota Miśkiewicz, Ryszard Rynkowski, Mieczysław Szcześniak, Zbigniew Wodecki, Wojciech Gąssowski, Kuba Badach.


THE JINJU DABYEOT SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA – based at Hamyang City, South Korea. Dabyeot means the place where the warm sun always shines, you can be in the sunlight everywhere in Hamyang . Lee Jung Hwan, one of the famous scholars of old Korea referred to Hamyang in his book “Taekriji” as the best shelter and the best territory to live in. Hamyang which is surrounded by the “Mount Jiri” national park to the south and the “Mount Deokyu” national park to the north is famous for having produced scholars since ancient times. Hamya ng used to have more than ten youth orchestras teams in the 1960s. It experienced difficulties during the period of industrialization and many wind orchestras disbanded. However, the new century heralded an increase in involvement of wind orchestras. Primary and secondary school students along with college students voluntarily formed the Jinju Dabyot Symphony Youth Orchestra in 2005. The inju Dabyot Symphony Youth Orchestra has of about eighty young girls and boys as orchestra members. Their aim is to cultivate and appreciation the music for wind orchestras in Korea and across the globe. The orchestra was invited to the 2009 JIWEF music festival at Jeju Art Centre in Korea and gave there a memorable performance. The reception they received inspired them to continue giving exceptional performances in Korea and abroad. It gives regular concerts in Hamyang city twice a year and plays other concerts at local cultural festivals and events in Korea throughout the year. The orchestra has a practice studio, which includes six individual studios, four ensemble studios, an instrument and sheet music storage area, an administration office and a concert hall. The orchestra receives financial support from the Dabyot Culture Center which is sponsored by the regional government, local corporations and the art funding organization.


ARTUR LESICKI – a guitarist, composer – nominated for the Fryderyk 2016 award (for the album Celuloid with M. Napiórkowski). He plays various musical genres, mainly jazz. His oeuvre includes about forty albums. In five of them he performed as a leader, while the remaining ones are the author’s original compositions. Together with Marek Napiórkowski, he was the leader of the Polish group Funky Groove, according to Jazz Forum magazine, the best electric jazz band of 2003 and 2004. He has performed at all major Polish jazz festivals, and on numerous occasions abroad, including Japan, China, France, Italy, Russia, Germany and the Netherlands. As a session musician, he recorded theatre and film music, including: Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz’s award-winning soundtrack to Papusza, big-band standards in J. Majewski’s Excentrycy, czyli po słonecznej stronie ulicy, music to films by Waldemar Krzystek, or Leszek Możdżer’s theatre compositions. He has participated in numerous television programmes, including: Dancing with the Stars, Star Academy, as an orchestra member and soloist at Sopot Festival, Top Trends and National Festival of Polish Song in Opole.


RUNE LEICHT LUND (Denmark) – born the 19th of August 2003 into a family of musicians and started playing the piano at the age of 7-8 only for fun using the piano as a toy, without knowing any notes before he was 9 and had a real piano teacher, Martin Lysholm Jepsen,at Gradus Piano School. He soon went to competitions and won the first at the age of 10 years old. After that he won many prices from international competitions and he has been playing more than hundred concerts in many countries among Georgia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Hungary, Kazakhstan, England and Denmark. At the age of 12, Rune was invited to participate in a TV program called “Wonderkids” at the Danish national TV station. He won the first price and was later offered to play as a soloist with some of the professional Danish symphony orchestras. He played the 2nd concerto by Ludwig van Beethoven with “The Danish Sinfonietta (Randers), Aarhus Symphony Orchestra (Aarhus) and The Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Copenhagen).


MAREK NAPIÓRKOWSKI – a guitarist. Since the beginning of his career he has been viewed as one of the leading Polish guitarists, and since 2012, continuously, by the votes of Jazz Forum readers, he has been voted Jazz Guitarist of the Year. Highly acclaimed by the industry and the critics, he has been nominated for the Fryderyk Music Award ten times in the categories Jazz Musician of the Year and Jazz Album of the Year. Winner of the 2018 Mateusz prize for the album ‘WAW-NYC’ awarded by the Polish Radio Three. He composed music for theatre performances, and in 2018 debuted as a composer of film music with the soundtrack to the film Miłość i puste słowa{(Love and Empty Words) directed by Małgorzata Imielska. Since December 2017, he has been the host of his own radio programme ‘Dźwięki nieoczywiste’ (Unobvious Sounds) on Chilli Zet radio. He has appeared on over 150 albums with various artists.


ROMAN PERUCKI – organ; graduate of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk in the class of Prof. Leon Bator (1986). Since 1984 employed at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, in the years 1996-1999 vice-rector for artistic affairs; since 1999 professor at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk; I organist at Oliwa Cathedral, member of the Liturgical Committee with the Metropolitan Bishop of Gdańsk. He was, among others, the chairman of the committee for the reconstruction of the baroque organ in the Pelplin Cathedral (2004). Since 1999 he has been the president of the Association of Oliwa Cathedral Enthusiasts. He is a juror of the International Organ Competitions in Kaltern (Italy), Opava (Czech Republic) and Paris, and recently in St. Petersburg (2005). He runs master classes in Germany, Russia, France, Mexico and lectures at universities and music schools in Poland. He has made numerous recordings for: Polish Radio and Television, NDR, British Television, Slovak Television and many others, as well as music albums (28 records, including 1 platinum, 2 gold, in 1998). The album ‘Messe pour les paroisses” by Fr. Couperin was recognized by ‘Ruch Muzyczny’ as the best recording of the year 1991 released in Poland, and the second Oliwa album was nominated for the Fryderyk award. He has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the highest papal distinction Pro eclessia et Pontifice. In 2005, he received the golden Badge of Honour for Merit to Polish Culture and the St.  Adalbert Medal for merits to Gdańsk. He is the Head of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk (in the years 1993-1997 also the art director) and the President of the Pomeranian Association ‘Musica Sacra’, with which he organises, the following events: the International Organ Music Festival in the Oliwa Cathedral (one of the most famous in the world), the J.P. Sweelinck International Organ Competition in Gdańsk, a series of concerts ‘Closer to Bach’, concerts to celebrate St. Dominic’s Fair in the Dominican Church in Gdańsk and festivals in churches of Pomerania.


ALEKSANDRA SEREDYŃSKA – piano; Graduate of the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in the piano class of Prof. Anna Jastrzębska-Quinn and chamber music class of Prof. Krystyna Borucińska. She is a laureate of many international and national competitions, including the 7th Karol and Antoni Szafranek National Forum of Young Instrumentalists, Rybnik (1st prize), 8th Juliusz Zarębski International Music Competition, Warsaw (1st prize), 1st Polish-German Halina Czerny-Stefańska Piano Competition, Żagań (2nd prize), finalist of the 41st International Piano Competition, Usti nad Labem. She performs solo and with chamber music in concerts in Poland and abroad. She has performed in Poland at the Podkarpacka Philharmonic, the Royal Castle, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Latvia and Ukraine, to name but a few. She constantly improves her skills at master classes, working under the supervision of outstanding pianists: Andrzej Jasiński, Janusz Olejniczak, Wojciech Świtała, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń, Jerzy Sterczyński, Krzysztof Jabłoński. Since 2017, the pianist has been associated with the Frederic Chopin University of Music, where she runs classes with students of the Instrumental Faculty.


MARIUSZ SMOLIJ – is considered one of the most exciting conductors of his generation. Praised by the New York Times for “compelling performances” he has led almost 120 orchestras in 27 countries, on five continents appearing in some of the most prestigious concert halls of the world. In the United States he conducted the major orchestras of Atlanta, Houston, New Jersey, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Rochester, New Orleans, Indianapolis, among many others. Internationally, he enjoys notable reputation appearing with major symphonic ensembles of Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Holland, Israel, South Africa, Canada, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Poland. His most recent engagements include collaborations with the Sinfonieorchester Basel, Switzerland (CD recording and series of concerts including the Tonhalle in Zurich); a residency with the Johannesburg Philharmonic in South Africa; a collaboration with the Budapest Concert Orchestra; performances with Florence Chamber Orchestra in Italy; Israel Symphony Orchestra, Israel Sinfonietta as well as numerous orchestras in Germany and Poland. Maestro Smolij is in his sixth season as the Music Director of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra in Lafayette, Louisiana and his thirteenth season as the Music Director of the Riverside Symphonia in New Jersey.


ŁUKASZ UŁANOWSKI – a graduate of Ignacy Łukasiewicz Chemical School in Bydgoszcz, a graduate of Cultural Studies at the University of Economy in Bydgoszcz, specialising in photography and multimedia techniques. A former coordinator of creative photographic space in the Museum of Photography in Bydgoszcz and lecturer at the University of Economy. An active participant of cultural life in the field of photography. A documentary photographer of Toruń Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Association of Polish Art Photographers.


MARCELA WIERZBICKA-OPALIŃSKA – graduated with honours from the Vocal and Acting Faculty of Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz in the singing class of Prof. Hanna Michalak. She perfects her skills by participating in vocal seminars conducted by Olga Pasiecznik, Hedwig Fassbender, Izabella Kłosińska, Neil Shicoff and Tomasz Konieczny, to name but a few. Her stage debut was the role of Tatiana in Eugene Onegin by P. Tchaikovsky (22nd Bydgoszcz Opera Festival). She also played some of the most important Mozart roles, such as the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, Pamina in The Magic Flute and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Kammeroper Rheinsberg). In December 2017 she performed the part of Woglinde in R. Wagner’s opera Das Rheingold with Tomasz Konieczny and the Polish Radio Orchestra conducted by Michał Klauza in Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio  of the Polish Radio in Warsaw. She cooperates with the Chamber Orchestra of the Grand Theatre – National Opera, Warmia and Mazury Philharmonic, Pomeranian Philharmonic, Koszalin Philharmonic, Polish Sinfonia Baltica Philharmonic, Bydgoszcz Symphony Orchestra and Capella Bydgostiensis. She is very active playing concerts, both in Poland and abroad. She is the semi-finalist of the 10th International  Klaudia Taev Vocal Competition  in Estonia (2017) and the 1st International Antonina Campi  of the Miklaszewicz Vocal Competition in Lublin (2017), the winner of the 3rd Prize at the 7th Iwona Borowicka Operetta and Musical National Competition in Kraków (2016), the 3rd Prize and Special Awards at the 5th Ignacy Jan Paderewski  Vocal Competition in Bydgoszcz (2015), the 3rd Prize and Special Awards at the 1st National Jan Kiepura Vocal Competition in Sosnowiec (2015). In the years 2015-2017 she was a participant of the Opera Academy (Young Talent Education Programme) at the Grand Theatre and the National Opera in Warsaw. In December 2015, she received a scholarship from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, and in March 2017, a scholarship from the Marshal of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship.


JAREK WIST – vocalist – his career began with winning a TV music competition ‘Szansa na Sukces’ (A Chance for Success), and the publicity that entailed allowed him to cooperate with many well-known vocalists and musicians. Recording a cover version of the song Fresh by Kool And The Gang opened up new possibilities for him – the song made its way to the album Pozytywne wibracje vol.8 (Positive Vibrations Vol.8), where Jarek among such artists as Stevie Wonder, Diana Krall or Paul Anka was the only Polish performer. Jarek’s next success was the title of ‘hope and discovery of the year’, which he was honoured with at the 2007 Frederick Gala for his song Między Słowami (Between Words). Shortly afterwards, he performed as a finalist at Sopot’s Top Trendy Festival with his next single, Zawsze wracaj (Always come back to me). We can see him on stage as a soloist in the most interesting and entertaining of projects. He is both a vocalist and a co-creator of one of the most interesting musical projects of late – Swinging with Sinatra – which has won hearts of the audiences all over the country. Jarek Wist is the author of most of the lyrics in the songs he performs, and he constantly seeks inspirations and creates new compositions. He performs all over the country, both with jazz projects in various forms and with his own new repertoire. He has given two large international concert tours, including a concert in Paris and two trans-American tours – in 2016 a series of concerts in Brazil – Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba, in 2017 in Washington, USA and again in Brazil.


TORUŃSKA ORKIESTRA SYMFONICZNA – It was founded as the Toruń Chamber Music Orchestra in the artistic season of 1978/79 and performed under the auspices of the City of Toruń since 1990. The orchestra receives the funding for its activities from the City of Toruń, to which it owes its dynamic development. Since February 2006 it is officially named as the Toruń Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra has gained a firm standing among many other cultural institutions in our town. This is due to the concerts performed in Toruń as well as at numerous tourneés, both in Poland and abroad. In the course of thirty-five years of their artistic activity, the orchestra played in most of Polish cities, in many European countries (e.g. Belgium, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Denmark, Great Britain, Italy, France, Belarus, Lithuania), at many prestigious festivals. The orchestra is especially proud of a one-month tourneé in China, two concerts at the Opera Gala in Pamplona, as well as the concert at the Cirque Royal in Brussels (in October 2010). In July 2010, the Toruń Symphony Orchestra accompanied José Carreras at his performance in the Toruń Motoarena. The director of the Toruń Symphonic Orchestra is Marek Czekała.