The Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra will perform under the direction of Jerzy Maksymiuk on 9 April at the National Philharmonic Concert Hall. The date of the concert is not accidental – this is the day the Maestro celebrates his 80th birthday. The anniversary concert will also feature a performance by pianist Dmitri Alexeev.
Celebrations of Maestro Jerzy Maksymiuk’s Anniversary have already begun in late 2015 with the release of the double album Maksymiuk | Sinfonia Varsovia – the Orchestra’s homage to a Maestro and a Friend. The album contains remastered historic recordings made by the Polish Chamber Orchestra, including Jarzębski’s famous Tamburetta and new readings of works selected by the Maestro, such as Stravinsky’s Firebird and Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.
Jerzy Maksymiuk’s and the Orchestra’s journey together have begun much earlier, going back to 1972. The Maestro is the founding father of the Polish Chamber Orchestra, which he directed for 10 consecutive years, taking the ensemble to a level of perfection then unheard-of on the Polish classical music scene. The Maestro has acknowledged many times that this enormous achievement was possible only thanks to exceptionally hard work, the will to follow his vision and adjusting to the “maksymiuk tempos” of work and playing. This has resulted not only in achieving great renown all over the world, but also led to increasing the size of the ensemble and the ensuing formation of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra. Maksymiuk is a close friend and works with the Orchestra to this day.
The anniversary concert at the National Philharmonic Concert Hall will be the highlight of the Maestro’s 80th birthday celebration, a unique event because of the date. The evening’s programme features Maksymiuk’s Jubilee Fanfare No.2, Stravinsky’s Firebird, Debussy’s, Danse. Tarentelle Styrienne and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2, performed by renowned Russian pianist Dmitri Alexeev.