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Agnieszka Duczmal (Conductor)

Born: January 7, 1946 - Krotoszynie, Poland

Agnieszka Duczmal is the founder, the exclusive conductor and art director of the Chamber Orchestra of the Polish Radio "Amadeus", and also the first woman conductor to perform in the famous La Scala in Milan. The recognition won with the audience and critique is confirmed by enthusiastic reviews and also by prizes, among others an honourable mention at the 4th Herbert von Karajan International Conductor Contest in Berlin (1975), the Herbert von Karajan silver medal at the International Young Orchestra Meeting in West Berlin (1976) and the title of "La donna del mondo" 1982 ("The woman of the world") granted under UNESCO's patronage by the president of Italy in recognition for the outstanding cultural, scientific and social achievements.

Agnieszka Duczmal graduated with honours from the State College of Music in Poznań (1966-1971) where she studied conducting tutored by Professor Witold Krzemiński. Then she began to work as a conductor assistant in the State Philharmonic in Poznań and a conductor in Poznań Opera, where she prepared, among others, the Polish premiere of an opera by Benjamin Britten The Midsummer Night's Dream.

When Agnieszka Duczmal was still a student she founded the Chamber Orchestra (1968) later transformed into the Chamber Orchestra of the Polish Radio and Television (1977), and then into the Chamber Orchestra of the Polish Radio "Amadeus" (1988) with which she has been visiting the most famous concert halls in the world, making many recordings: over 8000 minutes of music recorded for the Polish Radio and Television, WDR, NDR, BBC and the French and Mexican Television, hosting excellent soloists and promoting young talent.

Source: Polish Cuture Website; Polskie Radio Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February 2006)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Howard Dyck & Agnieszka Duczmal


BWV 235

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Polish Culture: Agnieszka Duczmal [Eng;ish/Polish/German]

Amadeus: Agnieszka Duczmal (Polskie Radio)

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