Conductor, composer and pianist who founded the Polish Chamber Orchestra in 1972 and was named director of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 1983. Since 1990 he has co-operated with the English National Opera.
Conductor, composer, pianist, founder of the Polish Chamber Orchestra.
A graduate of the National Music Academy in Warsaw, Maksymiuk (born 1936) began conducting in 1970 at the Grand Theatre in Warsaw, presenting such works as Zbigniew Bargielski’s Little Prince and Polish Ballets set tot the music of Witold Lutosławski, Zbigniew Turski, and Krzysztof Penderecki. He also staged an independent piece of his own, titled Metaphrases, in1971. In 1972, he formed the Warsaw Chamber Opera, which in 1973 took the name of Polish Chamber Orchestra and soon gained international acclaim. In 1973, Maksymiuk was named the conductor of the Great Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio, touring Austria and the USA through the 1970s. In 1975-1977, he was the principal conductor and artistic director of the orchestra.
He soon gained international attention, winning a recording contract with EMI and invtations to guest appearances conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Israeli Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. For the English National Opera in the early 1990s, he conducted premiere performances of s Mozart’s Don Giovanni and The Bat.
After Maksymiuk took on the post of director of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow in 1983, the Polish Chamber Orchestra was transformed into Sinfonia Varsovia under Yehudi Menuhin. In 1993, he was granted the honorary title of Conductor Laureate by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. His other distinctions include first prize in the National Ignacy Jan Paderewski Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz in 1961,first prize in the National Competition for Improvisers in Katowice and the Artur Malawski Competition in Kraków and the Grzegorz Fitelberg Competition in Katowice. His awards abroad include an honourary doctorate of Strathclyde University in Glasgow; Gramophone Award in 1993 (for The Confession of Isobel Gowdie by James MacMillan published by EMI) and in 1995 (for Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 by Nicolas Medtner published by Hyperion).
Editor: Agnieszka Le Nart, November 2012
Source: Fryderyk Chopin Institute, www.bach-cantatas.com
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