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Music Director: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Chief Conductor & Artistic Leader: Trondheim Symfoniorkester
Principal Guest Conductor: Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
Principal Guest Conductor: NDR Sinfonieorchester (from 2015/16)


Future highlights of Krzysztof Urbański's diary include debuts with Berliner Philharmoniker, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (at the Ravinia Festival), Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Münchner Philharmoniker. He will also return to the Philharmonia Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. In the US, engagements include returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra.

In November 2013, Urbański also participates in an internationally-televised concert in Warsaw with Sinfonia Varsovia to mark the 80th birthday of his compatriot Krzysztof Penderecki - conducting his Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, and sharing the podium with Charles Dutoit and Valery Gergiev. As Music Director of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Trondheim Symphoniorkester, Urbański’s performances this season include the world premiere of Pastorale e capriccio, which both orchestras have co-commissioned from Wojciech Kilar. He also tours to Vienna, Cologne, Warsaw and Kraków with the Trondheim Symfoniorkester and gives performances in Tokyo with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra where he is Principal Guest Conductor. Since 2009 Urbański has been regularly associated with the NDR Sinfonieorchester.

In April 2014, Krzysztof Urbański was announced as Principal Guest Conductor of the NDR Sinfonieorchester, effective from the 2015/16 season.

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“That he is no mere flashy wunderkind of the baton was shown by the freshly invigorated playing he drew from the CSO …his keen musical instincts and vigorous way of translating his ideas into orchestral sound that has both shape and meaning.” (John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune, July 2014)

"Here was a direction that lifted the story several levels - an orchestra who knew how to play on the colourful sound banks this music is so widely known for and who delivered the "Urbański effect" in both timbre, precision and dynamics." (Adressa.no, on TSO's performance of Carmen, March 2014)

"Urbański does just about everything right. Every movement was well-paced, with crunching climaxes, plenty of detail, and enough of an electric charge to give you a nice buzz heading out of the hall." (Richard S. Ginell, The Los Angeles Times, January 2014)

"Urbański is undoubtedly a musician of extraordinary intelligence and perception, with a physical disposition that allows him to communicate his musical will in a way that is easily recognisable." (Kölner Stadtanzeiger, October 2013)

"Krzysztof Urbański 's wonderful flair for sensual sounds was particularly obvious in the trimmed, silvery expressionism of Prokofiev’s many rhythmical and sound effects. Pictures from an Exhibition was fascinating and wonderfully depicted by the young Pole and his excellent troupe of musicians. The deep and remote effects were so exquisite and refined and each noble detail so delightfully savoured, that Mussorgsky’s work couldn’t have been better framed behind Ravel’s feat of orchestration." (Berlin Tagesspiegel, August 2013)

“In Pictures from an Exhibition, he was indispensable. The short character pieces need a careful baton which Urbański delivered perfectly, with great overview, clear conducting and superb detail. The musicians followed him spellbound, combining their individual skills in this magnificent ensemble. A huge and fully earned round of applause ended the concert.” (HNA online, August 2013)

“The concert was impressive all round but it was in Mussorgsky's Pictures from an Exhibition that Urbański's talent for balance and subtleties of sound really shone; in the ragged notes of Gnomus, in the tender pulse of The Old Castle the dark crescendo of Bydlo, the lashing of Baba-Yaga and finally, the luminous Great Gate of Kiev, he managed to convey the true spirit and sound of the Russian dances.” (Berliner Zeitung, August 2013)

"On the podium stands a phenomenon: Urbanski fascinates with spirit, heart and authority." (Michael Struck, Kieler Nachrichten, July 2013)

"It was The Rite of Spring that was the winner this evening... Urbanski's "soldiers" sat focused on the edges of their chairs and conveyed a dose of musical magic which is rarely experienced in Trondheim. One could only raise one's hat for the orchestra this evening. It will be a long time before I forget this concert." (Adresseavisen Trondheim, May 2013)

"The dialogue between the soloist and orchestra was fluid, resulting in a truly great version of the work... [Urbański’s] interpretation was volcanic, dramatic and violent... an effective and brilliant performance." (Diario de Navarra, January 2013) 

"Without doubt, the precision and clarity of gestures of the young Polish conductor, perhaps due to the natural elegance of his youth, were not over-exaggerated and yet were still able to demonstrate his absolute control and talent to create a very well shaped interpretation." (La Verdad Murcia, January 2013)

"Urbański sculpted the orchestral masses without overpowering the pianissimo moments, drawing from them instrumental accompaniment which offered every support and energy Gabetta could have needed. Their reading of Dvořák’s Concerto was exemplary, the orchestra proving as agile as the soloist in their joint expressive momentum." (Luxemburger Wort, January 2013)

“Krzysztof Urbański conveys to the musicians a notion of flexible precision and constant concentration, but above all he is able to shape each musical moment so that it stands in a meaningful relation to the whole work. This worked well also in Witold Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra, which was performed with a compellingly nonchalant virtuosity.” (Martin Wilkening, Berliner Zeitung, January 2013)

"Krzysztof Urbański left no stone unturned in bringing this musical survey of [Holst's] seven astrological planets to an emotional pitch no one prior on the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's podium has achieved...Urbański's dynamic control was, once again, a marvel of subtlety." (www.nuvo.net, March 2012)

"The Chopin concerto was framed by two other Polish works, Kilar's Orawa for String Orchestra and Lutoslawski's Concerto for Orchestra, both admirably performed and interpreted by the Polish conductor Krzysztof Urbanski. Urbanski has an amazing ability to bring out the dynamic contrasts, and it becomes apparent how comfortable the players and the conductor are with each other." (Goteborgs-Posten, February 2012)



Krzysztof Urbański debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Krzysztof Urbański makes his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker
Krzysztof Urbański appointed Principal Guest Conductor of Hamburg's NDR Sinfonieorchester
Krzysztof Urbański conducts Beethoven Easter Festival opening concert
Krzysztof Urbański returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic
HarrisonParrott artists feature in Penderecki 80th birthday celebrations
Krzysztof Urbański extends contract as Music Director of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Krzysztof Urbański takes over two concerts with NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg
Krzysztof Urbański makes his debut with European Union Youth Orchestra
Krzysztof Urbański makes his debut with National Symphony Orchestra, Washington
Krzysztof Urbański conducts the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg
Krzysztof Urbański and Igor Levit debut with WDR Sinfonieorchester
Krzysztof Urbański debuts and tours with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Krzysztof Urbański returns to Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Krzysztof Urbański debuts with Wiener Symphoniker and Grubinger
Krzysztof Urbański makes his debut with Los Angeles Philharmonic
Krzysztof Urbański conducts Tokyo Symphony Orchestra with Abduraimov
Krzysztof Urbański named Principal Guest Conductor of Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
Krzysztof Urbański returns to NDR Sinfonieorchester
Krzysztof Urbański makes his debut with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Krzysztof Urbański makes his debut with Die Deutsche Kammerphilarmonie Bremen
Krzysztof Urbański begins season as Music Director of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Krzysztof Urbański makes his debut in Sapporo’s Pacific Music Festival's opening concerts
Krzysztof Urbański makes his debut with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Krzysztof Urbański to make his North American debut