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Jurek Dybał — Director




Jurek Dybał is a highly acclaimed conductor, organiser and a long-time member of the famous Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera. Since 2014 he is a General Director and Chief Conductor of the Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Krakow Sinfonietta Cracovia. Dybał also is a founder and director of the International Krzysztof Penderecki Festival – Level 320 organised in the historical hall of Guido Mine in Zabrze, Poland, which celebrates its 5 th anniversary this year.

His charismatic personality has been valued by the listeners of many European music venues, in which he has made appearances with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Vienna Art Orchestra, Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tatarstan Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Silesian Chamber Orchestra, Wroclaw Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum, Philharmonic Orchestras in Poznań, Cracow and Łódź, Polish Baltic Philharmonic and National Forum of Music Symphony Orchestra; performing alongside such prominent soloists as Gidon Kremer, Martin Grubinger, Xavier de Maistre or Erwin Schrott. As an opera conductor Dybał has performed a diversified repertoire including works of Gluck, Telemann, Offenbach, Fried.

The director of the Sinfonietta Cracovia has also accepted the musical direction of the stage adaptation of the opera Ubu Rex by Penderecki in the Silesian Opera, Poland. The performance was highly acclaimed by both the critics and the audience and awarded the Golden Masks Award (2017) for the best performance of the year. As an active performer of early music he has worked with the renowned ensemble Concerto Köln and Marc Minkowski’s Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble. The artist conducted several open-air performances (including the concert with Romani violinist Roby Lakatos), as well as chamber operas and concert galas with the soloists of the Vienna State Opera, staged in Hofburg Palace in Vienna. Open for interdisciplinary projects involving jazz, folk, world and film music and diversified forms of visual presentation, he has participated in various cross-over productions, such as innovative operas and spectacles combining dance, music and spoken word.

Dybał is well known and widely appreciated for his remarkable skills in the field of live orchestra performances of feature films (multiple performances during the international Krakow Film Music Festival) and interpreting film music (recording sessions in renowned Alvernia Studios). Having created various multimedia performances conveying the unconventional presentation of 20 th – and 21 st -century music, he invited Krzysztof Penderecki, Wojciech Pszoniak, Edward Lutczyn, Polish Dance Theatre from Poznań and Daniel Stryjecki to participate in his projects.
Jurek Dybał has dedicated himself to promoting and popularizing Polish music. He conducted the Polish premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Adagio for Strings and participated in the world premiere of the composer’s quintet Leaves from an Unwritten Diary and Duo concertante (Polish and French premiere). He initiated the Viennese premiere of Franciszek Lessel’s Ouverture (performed by the Vienna Chamber Orchestra) and introduced the music of Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki — the Polish Händel — to Concerto Köln ensemble. The artist premiered the compositions of Krzesimir Dębski. Together with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra he founded a special award for a prize-winner of the 14 th Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition by inviting Soyoung Yoon to perform in Konzerthaus in Vienna.

He has worked with several outstanding artists, including Yuri Bashmet, Julian Rachlin, Angela Hewitt, Itamar Golan, Mihaela Ursuleasa, Michel Lethiec, Frans Helmerson, Arto Noras, Erwin Schrott, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Piotr Paleczny, Xavier de Maistre, Gábor Boldoczki and many others. As a chamber musician he has performed with Vienna Piano Quintet, Prima Vista Quartet, Silesian String Quartet, Wiener Virtuosen, Fine Arts Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, Talich Quartet and Münchner Septet. In the years 2010-2012 he was a professor at Dresden University of Music. During the Mahler?s Year Celebrations the artist was asked to plant the — Mahler Rose — in the garden of a newly renovated Mahler’s birth house, among such personalities as Vaclav Havel and Thomas Hampson.

He recorded for German (Sony Classical), Polish (DUX), Belgian (R.C.P.) and Japanese (Camerata) record labels and was a recipient of two Fryderyk Awards granted by the Polish Phonographic Academy.

During the third edition of the International Krzysztof Penderecki Festival, Dybał conducted the Polish premiere (in the series of world premieres) of the Concertino per tromba e orchestra by Krzysztof Penderecki co-commissioned by the Sinfonietta Cracovia. The soloist of that concert was Gábor Boldoczki, an outstanding trumpet player. Boldoczki, Sinfonietta Cracovia and Dybał collaborated on recording the Oriental Trumpet Concertos (Sony Classical, 2016), which was conducted by the latter. In January 2017 the CD won the International Classical Music Award for the best contemporary album, followed by the prestigious ECHO Klassik award. The recent album Fryderyk Chopin: Piano Concertos, recorded by Sinfonietta Cracovia and pianist Szymon Nehring (finalist of the XVII International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, winner of the Artur Rubinstein Piano Competition 2017 in Tel Aviv) with Penderecki and Dybał as conductors has been awarded Pizzicato’s Supersonic Award and Joker Award of the Crescendo magazine, getting international acclaim amongsts critics.