The success is largely due to Lukasz Borowicz, 38 year-old Polish conductor, (…) already holder of an extensive discography: he’s obviously at ease with this repertoire. He conducts the whole concert with baffling ardor and control and it’s hard to know where to start when it comes to praising the precision of the rhythms, the acute sense of contrast and dynamic, or the sharp attention he pays to soloists. Thanks to him, the flawless Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire is glowing, with a string section in a state of grace - Resmusica.com, Vincent Deloge (Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin at Opera de Nantes)
Born in Warsaw in 1977, Lukasz Borowicz studied at the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw where he received a doctorate in conducting under Antoni Wit. He was Assistant Conductor to Kazimierz Kord at the Warsaw National Opera, to Antoni Wit at the Warsaw Philharmonic and to Iván Fischer at the Budapest Festival Orchestra. In the years 2007-2015 he was Chief Conductor of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2006 he was appointed Chief Guest Conductor of the Poznañ Philharmonic Orchestra, a title he retains. He held several grants from the Polish Ministry of Culture and is a prizewinner of four conducting competitions: in Trento (1999), Athens (2000), Porto (2002) and Bamberg (2004). He has worked closely with Professor Penderecki who remains a major influence.
Maestro Borowicz has appeared as a guest conductor with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, SWR Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Hamburger Symphoniker, Wiener Volksoper, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and all the major Polish symphony orchestras.
Borowicz has conducted at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro (the Haydn Orchestra with Ewa Podles) and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (Moniuszko’s “Halka” with the NDR Radiophilharmonie) and Kissinger Sommer Festival. He made his operatic debut with “Don Giovanni” at the Warsaw National Opera in Warsaw followed by over 130 spectacles of operas and ballets including premieres of “Orfeo ed Euridice”, “Midsummer's Night Dream” and “The Rite of Spring”. Further operatic credits include: “Don Giovanni”, “Eugene Onegin”, “Halka”, "King Roger" (Kraków Opera), “Die Zauberflote”, “Rusalka”, “Bluebeard’s Castle” and “Dido and Aeneas” (Lodz Opera) and “King Roger” (ABAO Bilbao). His extensive discography includes recordings with Ewa Podles, Piotr Beczala, Mariusz Kwiecien and Samuel Ramey. Maestro Borowicz’s commitment to rare operatic repertoire is also evident in his ongoing work with the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw (ten complete operas recorded and issued on CD).
A prolific recording artist, his recordings have been awarded two Diapason d’Or Prizes, two Fryderyk Chopin Prizes and were nominated for the Midem Classical Awards (2008) and the Preis der Deutschen Schalplattenkritik (2009). They also featured as the BBC Orchestral and Opera Choice on several occasions. His collaboration with Piotr Beczala on the Deutsche Grammophon recording of “Heart's delight - Songs of Richard Tauber” (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) was met with critical and public praise. Maestro Borowicz’s symphonic recordings include the Complete Violin Concertos by Bacewicz for Chandos, two volumes of the Romantic Piano Concerto Series for Hyperion and the Complete Symphonic Works by Andrzej Panufnik (Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Konzerthausorchester Berlin for CPO). The final installment of the Panufnik cycle was “Editor’s Choice” in Gramophone magazine and Borowicz received the ICMA Special Achievement Award in 2015 for his pioneering work on the cycle.
In the 15/16 season he returned to Philharmonie Zuidnederland, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and Istanbul Devlet Symphony, and made his debuts with RIAS Kammerchor and Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Trondheim Symphony, Guangzhou Symphony, China Philharmonic, and NWD Philharmonie.
Upcoming debuts include concerts with Queensland Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, Orchestra Classica Santa Cecilia Madrid, Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra and returns to Opera Orchestre National Montpellier, Wuerttembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, SWR Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, and RIAS Kammerchor and Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin.