National Polish Radio Symphony names Lawrence Foster artistic director

Posted on: December 12, 2017

“American conductor Lawrence Foster has signed a contract to take over a top Polish orchestra in September 2019,” reads an unsigned Tuesday (12/12) article at Polish Radio (Warsaw, Poland). “He will become Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in the southern city of Katowice, taking over from German conductor Alexander Liebreich…. Foster … described Poland as a country with a profusion of musical talent, adding that it was his intention to promote Polish composers on the international scene. Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, who is a member of the Katowice orchestra programming board, said that the ensemble deserved to have a world-calibre conductor. Born in 1941 to a Romanian family, Foster is now Music Director of l’Opéra de Marseille in Marseille, France, a job he took in 2013. During his career, he has also worked closely with Orquestra Sinfonica de Barcelona, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, and Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. The National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1935…. It has worked closely with … Polish composers … including the late Witold Lutosławski and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, as well as Penderecki.”

Posted December 12, 2017