Beethoven Academy Orchestra
Symphony orchestra, made up of the most outstanding students and graduates of European higher musical education institutions, including Academy of Music in Kraków, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles, Conservatoire International de Musique in Paris and Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz. The ensemble started its activity in 2003, following the success at the 53rd Festival junger Künstler Bayreuth. In 2005, Orchestra debuted at the 9th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw. The orchestra has twenty albums to its credit, recorded for such labels as DUX Records, Centaur Records and Universal Music Group. The ensemble collaborated with Hans Zimmer, Elliot Goldenthal, Michał Lorenc and Jan A.P. Kaczmarek. The BAO has been a regular guest in prestigious concert halls in Europe and overseas, such as Alte Oper Frankfurt, Musikverein in Vienna, Great Hall of the People in Beijing or Konzerthaus in Berlin. In May 2017, Beethoven Academy Orchestra has appeared during Krakow Film Music Festival, featuring the jubilee gala celebrating the 10th anniversary of the event. The BAO has regularly performed with Darmstadt Concert Choir and since 2011 it has been a resident orchestra in Darmstadt. Starting from 2013 Orchestra is conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk.