Orkiestra Kameralna Polskiego Radia "Amadeus" / The "Amadeus" Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra, considered one of the best chamber orchestras in the world, was founded in Poznań in 1968 by Agnieszka Duczmal.
Initially, the ensemble operated under the aegis of "Jeunesses Musicales" and later under that of the Poznańskie Towarzystwo Muzyczne / Poznań Music Society. The orchestra began performing publicly, both in Poland and abroad, within a few years of its formation. A breakthrough in the ensemble's career occurred in 1976 when it won the Herbert von Karajan Silver Medal at the International Meeting of Young Orchestras in West Berlin. In 1977 it became the permanent ensemble of Polish State Radio and Television and has been performing since 1988 as the Orkiestra Kameralna Polskiego Radia "Amadeus" / "Amadeus" Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra, all the time remaining under the direction of Agnieszka Duczmal. The orchestra has toured a majority of European countries as well as United States, Canada, Brasil, Mexico, Kuwait and Taiwan, often performing with world famous soloists (who have included Maurice Andre, Gary Karr, Henryk Szeryng, Malcolm Messiter, Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, Gheorghe Zamfir, Hakan Hardenberger, Alexandre Rabinovitch, Michela Petri, Guy Touvron, Jeremi Menuhin, Kevin Kenner, Steven Isserlis, Vadim Repin, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Krzysztof Szmyt, Jadwiga Rappé).
The "Amadeus" Chamber Orchestra has performed in some of the world's most famous concert halls. The most noteworthy among them have included the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Musikverein in Vienna, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konserthuset in Stockholm, the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, the Munich Philharmonic, the Leningrad Philharmonic and La Scala in Milan. The orchestra has also participated in numerous European festivals.
In addition to performing live, the ensemble regularly records for radio (thus far, over one hundred hours of music encompassing everything from Baroque works to contemporary music) under permanent collaborations with numerous foreign radio stations that include NDR, WDR and SFD of Germany, BBC Radio in London, CBC Radio in Montreal and radio stations in Mexico. "Amadeus" has additionally recorded almost five hours of music for Television Francaise 1.Source: Polish Music Information Center, Polish Composers' Union, January 2002.
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