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Franciszek Wybrańczyk

Franciszek Wybrańczyk

Franciszek Wybrańczyk was born May 28, 1934 in Studzienice. He was the co-founder and long-term director of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, retaining the function of honorary director upon his retirement.

In 1978 he became the director of Polish Chamber Orchestra, which was led by Jerzy Maksymiuk. Earlier, Wybrańczyk was a musician in the ensemble, playing clarinet.

The Polish Chamber Orchestra became famous in Europe and around the world as one of the best Polish orchestras.

In 1984, together with director Waldemar Dąbrowski and Yehudi Menuhin, the Orchestra’s first guest conductor, Wybrańczyk founded the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra. During many years of the Orchestra’s activity he assured top level of artistic excellence, invited prominent conductors and soloists and organised concert tours in leading concert halls of Europe, both Americas and Japan.

Franciszek Wybrańczyk was the originator and artistic director of the Sinfonia Varsovia To Its City Festival, which became a permanent feature in Warsaw’s cultural landscape as an event of top artistic rank, with concerts attended by multitudes of Warsaw’s residents.

He was a distinguished organizer and promoter of Polish and European music and culture and was decorated with the Order of Polonia Restituta-Commander’s Cross, Decoration of Merit to Warsaw and, posthumously, the Gloria Artis Medal of Merit for Culture.

Franciszek Wybrańczyk passed away on 31 May, 2006 and rests at the Military Cemetery in Warsaw.

Franciszek Wybrańczyk was a great visionary, who set major challenges before himself  and consistently realized them. He was also a great enthusiast of music and a truly charming person.