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Wojnarowski Henryk

Choirmaster, director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir since 1978. He graduated in symphonic and operatic conducting after studies with Stanisław Wisłocki at the State High School of Music in Warsaw. From 1960 to 1978 he was conductor and director of the Grand Theatre Choir in Warsaw where he prepared ca. 80 new productions, including several world premieres.

With the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, he has built an enviable portfolio of successful performances with the leading Polish and European symphony orchestras in such prestigious musical centres as Milan’s La Scala (1985, 1989, 1990), Berlin, Munich, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Brussels, and Jerusalem. He has co-operated with the leading contemporary conductors such as Gary Bertini, Sergiu Comissiona, Kazimierz Kord, Jan Krenz, Lorin Maazel, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Krzysztof Penderecki, Helmuth Rilling, Witold Rowicki, Jerzy Semkow, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Leopold Stokowski, Stanisław Wisłocki, Antoni Wit, and Bohdan Wodiczko.

He regularly appears at music festivals in Warsaw, Wrocław, Cracow, Bydgoszcz, and Toruń. With the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, he has presented the entire canon of vocal-instrumental works from all historical periods, with special emphasis on Polish contemporary music including Krzysztof Penderecki’s complete works with choir. He has authored a number of Polish and world premieres as well as CDs and broadcasts.

In 2005, Henryk Wojnarowski received the Jerzy Kurczewski Award, Poland’s only prized for distinguished choral artists, granted since 1999 in Poznań. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Gloria Artis Gold Medal. For forty years between 1962 and 2002, Henryk Wojnarowski was an academic professor of choral conducting.