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Meeting with Maestro Marek Pijarowski

At the beginning of spring, WSZOP Library hosted a meeting with the Chief Conductor of Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra, prof. Marek Pijarowski.

Maestro told about beginnings of his career, everyday routine as a conductor as well as pedagogical experience.

The meeting was led by Maciej Kijowski, PhD who encouraged the artist to share his stories with the audience which was later on asking multiple questions. Marek Pijarowski patiently answered all of them and after the meeting was still chatting with the audience for a long time. When leaving, he promised to visit WSZOP when he is in Katowice again.

Marek Pijarowski was born in 1951 in Wrocław. He graduated from the Wrocław Academy of Music in the class of conducting under Tadeusz Strugała. In 1977 as a holder of the Austrain government scholarship, he perfected his skills with prof. Carl Österreicher in Vienna.

In 1974 he was appointed an assistant conductor of the Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra. He was the youngest conductor to participate in the All-Poland’s Competition for Conductors in Katowice where he won the 1st award, as well as the special award of the orchestra of the  Silesian Philharmonic. This success resulted in numerous invitations. In 1975 he was appointed the 2nd conductor, and in 1980 - the general and artistic director of the Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra which he managed until 2002. He has also collaborated with the Kraków Philharmonic, and he is a permanent guest conductor of the Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz. In years 2002-2005 he was an artistic director of the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra in Łódź. In years 1974-2002 he cooperated with the Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1974 he won the 1st and special award of the Orchestra of the Silesian Philharmonic at the 1st Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in Katowice. In 1997 he was granted the title of a professor of musical art.

He held the function of artistic director at the Festival of the Polish Contemporary Music in Wrocław (1980-2000) and at the Chopin International Festival in Duszniki (1986-1987).

He teaches conducting at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. From 2006 he is a professor of conducting at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He is a juror of the Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors, and at the same time the chairman of the jury at the Witold Lutosławski International Review of Young Conductors in Białystok.

In 1997 he received the title of professor of musical arts from the President of the Republic of Poland.

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