Founded in 1945 on the heels of postwar Polish independence, The Polish Baltic Philharmonic is the largest music institution in northern Poland. The orchestra is visited not only by local music-lovers but by cosmopolitan Polish and international patrons alike. This is the place for those who enjoy art of the highest quality. The Philharmonic organizes symphonic concerts, recitals, and chamber music soirées performed by the most prominent Polish musicians as well as by many world-famous artists.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Gdańsk, then German-administered Danzig, held the international spotlight as a point of contention between Germany, a budding independent Poland, and those proud locals who saw Gdańsk as an independent city-state, the crown jewel of the Baltic Sea. Throughout the mid-20th century, Gdańsk became the primary seaport of Communist Poland. Littered with charming architecture and wizened thinkers, Gdańsk became the location for the first initiatives and protests in the 1970s and 1980s of the Solidarnoœæ [Solidarity] movement, chaired by future president Lech Wałęnsa. This movement would soon lead to the breakdown of Communism in Poland, and contributed to the dissolution of the Second World as it was known throughout the Cold War Era.
Feature Article - Interview with Maestro Dawidow - in Worcester Telegram & Gazette by Richard Duckett
One might think that these long periods of turbulence may have weakened the arts in Gdańsk, yet the reality is quite the opposite. The Polish Baltic Philharmonic as it exists and thrives today represents an amalgamation of these international and historical influences, and the lofty passions that witnessed tragedy and drove revolutions, while still capturing the prideful stoicism of contemporary Poland and the larger Baltic Sea coast.
Internationally renowned for his musical knowledge, immense enthusiasm, and extraordinarily charismatic stage presence, Principal Guest Conductor Maestro Boguslaw Dawidow is credited with "...as precise and clear baton technique as we've ever seen..." (The Washington Times) and "...a great Slavic soul..." (Weiner Zeitung).
Maestro Dawidow served as the General and Music Director of the National Philharmonic of Poland from his appointment in 1999 until 2012, and was highly involved in forming the artistic shape and raising the international stature of the orchestra.
Born in Sopot, Poland, Maestro Dawidow studied under Bohdan Wodiczko in Warsaw and Krzysztof Missona in Krakow, later continuing his conducting studies in Vienna and Italy. The most significant influence on his musical personality came from the legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.
Marcin Koziak was born in 1989 in Krakow, Poland. He is a student of the Academy of Music in Krakow under the tutorship of Professor Stefan Wojtas and - since 2012 - a student of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth (USA), under the tutorship of Professor Tamas Ungar. At the age of ten he won his first Poland-wide competition.
As an eleven-year-old boy he made his debut with Krakow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.