Based in Elbląg, northern Poland, the city’s chamber orchestra is one of Poland’s youngest ensembles of this kind. Founded in October 2007, it brings together young, talented graduates of the Music Academy in Gdańsk, prizewinners of solo and chamber music competitions, most of whom had started their musical education in the State Music Schools in Elbląg. For all of them music is a great passion and work in the orchestra is an important stage in their creative development and artistic explorations.
The Elbląg Chamber Orchestra has worked with many prominent conductors and soloists, including Jerzy Maksymiuk, Andrzej Mysiński, Jan Stanienda, Marek Moś, Kai Bumann, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Wiesław Kwaśny, and representatives of the young generation of musicians – Agata Szymczewska, Michał Nesterowicz, Piotr Pławner, Marcin Zdunik, Robert Kabara, Łukasz Długosz, Adam Klocek and Zbigniew Pilch. The orchestra has a broad repertoire, spanning music from the Baroque to the present, from the music of Arcangelo Corelli to works by Witold Lutosławski, Wojciech Kilar and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. It also performs compositions which blendavant-garde music with jazz and pop, appearing with Leszek Możdżer, Krzesimir Dębski, Adam Sztaba, Grzegorz Turnau, Dorota and Henryk Miśkiewicz and the groups Motion Trio and Raz Dwa Trzy.
The orchestra has taken part in many prestigious events, including those of international calibre, such as the 39th anniversary of the December 1970 workers’ protest on the Baltic coast (organized by the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk), the Festival of Sacred Music in Gdynia (2009, 2010, 2011), a concert to mark the beatification of Pope John Paul II (Bach’s Mass in B minor) and the 37th ‘Let’s Sing Poetry’ Castle Meetings produced by Polish Television’s Channel II and Kultura Channel (TVP Kultura). Recent concerts abroad have included Rejkjavik (Iceland), Tallin (Estonia) and Tbilisi (Georgia).