This website uses cookies. By continuing to browse without changing your settings you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more in our Privacy Policy.
Tickets

Orchestra - NOSPR

About Orchestra

The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra based in Katowice is one of the most important Polish symphony orchestras, as well as a versatile cultural institution.

The orchestra’s history dates back to 1935 and is inextricably linked with Grzegorz Fitelberg, who was entrusted with the task of creating Poland’s first independent radio symphony orchestra. The ensemble made its debut on 2 October 1935 and has been a constant presence on Polish Radio ever since. After the Second World War, the orchestra was reactivated in Katowice, and its reconstruction was entrusted to Witold Rowicki.

Over the following decades, the orchestra gradually strengthened its international reputation, performing in the world’s most important concert halls and collaborating with the greatest artists of our time, including Leonard Bernstein, Martha Argerich, Plácido Domingo and Arthur Rubinstein. The orchestra has premiered works by Witold Lutosławski, Wojciech Kilar, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Krzysztof Penderecki, among others, and NOSPR albums have been released by prestigious labels. Over the years, the orchestra has been led by distinguished conductors including Jan Krenz, Kazimierz Kord, Tadeusz Strugała, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Antoni Wit, Gabriel Chmura, Jacek Kaspszyk and Alexander Liebreich.

Today, the orchestra’s rich musical traditions are cultivated under the artistic direction of Lawrence Foster, with Ewa Bogusz-Moore serving as its General and Programme Director.

A permanent element of the NOSPR’s identity, at each stage in its history, has remained its relationship with technology. At the end of the 1960s, thanks to its artistic director at the time, Bohdan Wodiczko, the orchestra began an enduring cooperation with television, and nowadays the Internet plays an increasingly important role in building relations with the audience.

The NOSPR’s home is a modern building designed by the Konior Studio of Katowice, comprising a 1800-seat concert hall, a chamber hall and numerous workshop and educational spaces. The concert hall, with acoustics designed by Nagata Acoustics, has a reputation as one of the world’s finest in terms of acoustics. On 13 January 2023, the pipe organ – one of the largest in a European concert hall, built by Anton Škrabl of Slovenia – will be heard for the first time. The venue’s outstanding qualities are widely recognised by audiences, artists and the music community, as evidenced by the fact that the NOSPR has been admitted into the ECHO network of the most prestigious concert halls in Europe.

The NOSPR is the organiser of the ‘New Polish Music’ Festival of Premieres, the ‘Katowice Kultura Natura’ Festival and the Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition, which includes five categories: piano, violin, voice, string quartet and composition. More info: szymanowski-competition.com.

Conductors

Conductors

Orchestra's Musicians

Orchestra's Musicians

History

History

Recruitment

Recruitment

NOSPR Academy

NOSPR Academy

Expand with us online

Upcoming orchestra's concerts

NOSPR / Lawrence Foster / Peter Jablonski
S2Subscription
202219:30

NOSPR / Lawrence Foster / Peter Jablonski

Concert Hall

Buy ticket
Symphonic educational concert / Faces of Romanticism
202212:00

Symphonic educational concert / Faces of Romanticism

Concert Hall

NOSPR / David Fray / Bach
S3Subscription
202212:00

NOSPR / David Fray / Bach

Concert Hall

Buy ticket
New Year's Eve concert / NOSPR / Clelia Cafiero
Special concerts
202218:00
Conductor Clelia Cafiero

New Year's Eve concert / NOSPR / Clelia Cafiero

Concert Hall

Buy ticket
NOSPR / Bassem Akiki / New Year matinee
S3Subscription
202312:00

NOSPR / Bassem Akiki / New Year matinee

Concert Hall

Sold out
NOSPR / Esa-Pekka Salonen / Iveta Apkalna / Inauguration of the organ at the NOSPR
Special concerts / Organ concerts
202319:30
Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen

NOSPR / Esa-Pekka Salonen / Iveta Apkalna / Inauguration of the organ at the NOSPR

Concert Hall

Sold out
NOSPR / Pierre Bleuse / Marc Coppey / Thomas Ospital
S1Subscription
202319:30

NOSPR / Pierre Bleuse / Marc Coppey / Thomas Ospital

Concert Hall

Buy ticket
NOSPR / Lawrence Foster / Ning Feng
S1Subscription
202319:30

NOSPR / Lawrence Foster / Ning Feng

Concert Hall

Buy ticket
NOSPR / Finnegan Downie Dear / Saleem Abboud Ashkar
S3Subscription
202312:00

NOSPR / Finnegan Downie Dear / Saleem Abboud Ashkar

Concert Hall

Buy ticket
NOSPR / Lawrence Foster / Alexandra Conunova
S2Subscription
202319:30

NOSPR / Lawrence Foster / Alexandra Conunova

Concert Hall

Buy ticket

100PLN

We need some details, please
0
Loading