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)
One of the most versatile conductors of his generation, Łukasz Borowicz regularly leads the major European orchestras in the core Germanic repertoire as well as in important Russian, Polish, Czech and Hungarian works. He conducts opera and has received numerous prizes for his over 75 recordings. From 2007 to 2015 he was Chief Conductor of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Warsaw, and in 2006 he was appointed Chief Guest Conductor of the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra, a title he retains.
Current projects include a multi-disc recording of Anton Bruckner’s sacred music with RIAS Kammerchor and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin for Accentus, as well as a release of Hugo Alfven’s five symphonies with the Deutsche Symphonieorchester Berlin on CPO. In April 2018 he makes his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Anne-Sophie Mutter, conducting Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 and Penderecki’s Violin Concerto No. 2. He returns to the Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw for Rimski-Korsakov’s Kashchey the Deathless, continuing his collaboration with the festival, which has seen eleven rarely played operas recorded and released to date. The 17/18 season also features Mr. Borowicz’s debuts with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln and Bamberger Symphoniker, and a performance with Diana Damrau and the Orchestre National de Lille at Philharmonie de Paris.
Łukasz Borowicz has appeared as guest conductor with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, SWR Sinfonieorchester, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Hamburger Symphoniker, MDR Sinfonieorchester, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Luzerner Symfonieorchester, Orchestre National de Lille, Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group and a number of other orchestras and ensembles, including all the major Polish symphonies. He has also conducted at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and Kissinger Sommer Festival.
He made his operatic debut at Polish National Opera with Don Giovanni, which has been followed by over 130 performances at the house, including new productions of Orfeo ed Euridice, A Midsummer's Night Dream and The Rite of Spring. Further operatic credits include premieres of Dido and Aeneas (Lodz), Die Zauberflote, Eugene Onegin, Rusalka (Prague), Bluebeard’s Castle, King Roger (Kraków/Bilbao) and Stanisław Moniuszko’s Halka. Future projects include Les Huguenots at Paris Opera (alternating with Michele Mariotti) and Halka at Theater an der Wien.
A prolific recording artist with over 75 albums to his name, Mr. Borowicz’s recordings have been awarded three Diapason d’Or prizes. Symphonic recordings include the complete violin concertos by Grażyna Bacewicz for Chandos, the complete symphonic works by Andrzej Panufnik for CPO, and several titles for Hyperion. The final installment of the Panufnik cycle was selected as an Editor’s Choice by Gramophone magazine, and Borowicz received the ICMA Special Achievement Award in 2015 for his pioneering work on the cycle. His collaboration with Piotr Beczała on Deutsche Grammophon’s recording Heart's delight – Songs of Richard Tauber was met with wide critical and public praise.
Born in Warsaw in 1977, Łukasz Borowicz graduated from the Frederic Chopin Music Academy, where he studied under Bogusław Madey. He received a doctorate in conducting under Antoni Wit. He has received the Polityka Passport Award (2008), Coryphée of Polish Music Award (2011), Norwid Award (2013) and Tansman Prize honouring an outstanding musical personality (2014).