There’s more to music than a mere sum total of the repertoire, observed the legendary Yehudi Menuhin. Indeed, the experience of music – no matter whether on stage, or in the audience – creates sensations that are sometimes even diff icult to name in a pertinent way. In other words: imponderables. This, perhaps, is where the power of art truly lies.

We do hope that the off er (both in terms of the list of artists, and of the programme) which Poznań Philharmonic has prepared for its 70th anniversary season, will become for our audiences a source of singular, unforgettable emotions, of those noble moments of bliss that defy description.

We are happy and proud that in this very special season it is Rafał Blechacz who has followed in the footsteps of such illustrious international musicians, as Bertrand Chamayou and Nikolaj Znaider, and assumed the post of Poznań Philharmonic’s Artist-in-Residence. A truly exceptional personality has honoured us by accepting the position: captivating with his skills and individuality, one of the most recognisable and valued Polish musicians in the world, an icon of Polish pianism, and, at the same time, an artist very infrequently performing in his native country.

We fi nd ourselves privileged that Rafał Blechacz is going to mark Poznań Philharmonic’s 70th birthday with a special gift for our guests and audiences: an interpretation of the Concerto in F minor by Fryderyk Chopin. In the spring of 2018, he is going to play Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major KV 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (under the baton of Paul McCreesh), while on the fi rst day of summer, we will be treated to an evening of sonatas performed together with a favourite of the public at the 15th Wieniawski Competition (and already an artistic attraction of many a prestigious concert venue), Bomsori Kim.

Besides the resident artist, there will also be an illustrious resident ensemble (though called so only unoff icially): the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir. We will play host to a number of other remarkable performers, listen to scores of excellent works, of which several will be played in Poznań for the fi rst time, or for the fi rst time in many, many years. There will be world premiere performances (as usual, a piece commissioned by our institution among them), as well as European and Polish premieres…

Looking forward to meeting you, on behalf of the artists of the Poznań Philharmonic, our guests, and ourselves, we wish to extend our words of gratitude to all those who have made these events possible.

Finally, let us recall Sir Yehudi Menuhin once more. He used to say that one can be a Romantic in the realm of dreams, but also in the realm of action.

We strive to roll both attitudes into one.


Managing Director
Chief Conductor of Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra