Top classical music artists to perform in Poland this year

Concerts by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees and performances by violinist Isabelle Faust and countertenor Philippe Jaroussky will highlight Poland's classical music scene in 2019.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra, under Michał Nesterowicz, will give its only concert in Poland on January 6. Those in attendance at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin (north-western Poland) will have the opportunity to hear "Polonia", a symphonic prelude by the English composer Edward Elgar, as well as Witold Lutosławski's Symphony No. 1, Jan Ignacy Paderewski's Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 17, and a composition commissioned by the BBC from one of the most important Polish modern composers, Paweł Szymański.

The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) will perform in three Polish cities - on January 15 at the Wielki Theatre - National Opera in Warsaw, on January 16 at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław (western Poland), and on January 17 at the ICE Congress Centre in southern Kraków (southern Poland). LSO, under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, will play the 6th Symphony in A major by Anton Bruckner and "Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta" by Bela Bartok.

The Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin, will give a concert at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław on February 19. The programme features Claude Debussy's "La Mer" and Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 in B flat major op. 100. A day later, the orchestra will perform the same programme in the NOSPR concert hall in Katowice (southern Poland).

On March 28, Philippe Herreweghe will conduct the Orchestre des Champs-Elysees at the ICE Congress Centre in Kraków. The audience will hear Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61 by Robert Schumann performed on period instruments. The evening will also see a performance by the German violinist Isabelle Faust playing a Stradivarius dubbed "Sleeping Beauty". The soloist will play Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms.

On July 3, the ICE Congress Centre in Kraków will host a concert by a French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, known for his excellent performances of early music.