Wojciech Michniewski is a conductor and composer born on the 4th of April 1947 in Łódź. He studied conducting with Stanisław Wisłocki, composition with Andrzej Dobrowolski and music theory at the State Academy of Music in Warsaw.
Between 1973 and 1978 Wojciech Michniewski was closely associated with the Warsaw National Philharmonic, first as an assistant-conductor later as permanent staff conductor. Together with Krzysztof Knittel and Elżbieta Sikora he formed the KEW composers’ group, very active in the seventies, creating collective compositions and organizing contemporary music concerts.
In 1974 he received an award in the National Conducting Competition in Katowice. In 1977 he won the 1-st Prize and Gold Medal in the Milan’s La Scala Guido Cantelli international conducting competition; in 1978 – the Bronze Medal in the international Ernest Ansermet conducting competition in Geneva.
Wojciech Michniewski has conducted both – symphonic concerts and opera – in almost all European countries, in Asia, North and South America. Apart from the vast classical repertory he is particularly valued for his interpretations of contemporary music.
In 2005 he received the Award of the Polish Composers’ Union for many years of creative support and presentation of Polish contemporary music. In the same year he received the Polish ‘Merited to Culture Gloria Artis’ medal.
During the concert the National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Wojciech Michniewski will perform Wojciech Kilar’s ‘Krzesany’, Marcin Błażewicz’s ‘Kali-Yuga’ and Gustav Mahler’s 1stSymphony. The soloists will by Leszek Lorent (percussion) and Maciej Nerkowski (baritone).
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