Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Kraków. The beginnings of the Sinfonietta Cracovia are closely related to the creation of the ensemble Young Kraków Chamber Musicians.
Remarkable skills, musician’s engagement, and original interpretations resulted in being bestowed the status of a city orchestra and the new name in 1994: the Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Kraków Sinfonietta Cracovia, under which it has been operating until today. The ensemble is supported by Elżbieta and Krzysztof Penderecki. The Sinfonietta has worked with a number of excellent artists from all over the world, among whom there are: Krzysztof Penderecki, Antoni Wit, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Rudolf Buchbinder, Gidon Kremer, Maxim Vengerov, Rafael Payare, Gábor Boldoczki, Ilya Gringolts, Mischa Maisky, Xavier de Maistre, Tabea Zimmermann, Grigori Zhislin, Richard Galliano and others.
For 20 years, the image of the orchestra was created by an outstanding violinist, violist and teacher, Robert Kabara. In 2001–2009, its first visiting conductor was John Axelrod. In 2014, the next chapter in the history of the ensemble has been started by an acclaimed conductor, musician of the Vienna Philharmonic, and animator of musical life, Jurek Dybał. Thanks to the new director’s efforts the orchestra has engaged in a series of innovative projects. Recently, the orchestra has extended its concert activity, also by increasing the number of performances abroad. The ensemble has given concerts in, e.g., China, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Austria.
One of the most recent achievements of the Sinfonietta Cracovia has been the recording of the Polish premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki’s new Concertino per tromba e orchestra in the series of the world premieres with the participation of Gábor Boldoczki and the recording of the CD Oriental Trumpet Concertos (Sony Classical) in cooperation with the Hungarian trumpet player, led by Jurek Dybał. In 2017 this album won the International Classical Music Award in the Contemporary Music category. The result of the collaboration with the pianist Szymon Nehring was the Fryderyk Chopin: Piano Concertos CD (DUX 2016), recorded under the direction of Krzysztof Penderecki and Jurek Dybał, granted with Pizzicato Supersonic Award and the Joker by the Crescendo magazine.
In 2017 the orchestra welcomed the brilliant, world-renowned Rafael Payare as its new Honorary Guest Conductor.