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Antoni Wit (b1944)

Antoni Wit studied conducting with Henryk Czyz at the Academy of Music in Krakow, continuing his musical studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. He also graduated in law at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Immediately after completing his studies he was engaged as an assistant at the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra by Witold Rowicki. After winning second prize in the International Herbert von Karajan Conducting Competition in Berlin (1971), he became an assistant conductor to the patron of that competition. Later he was appointed conductor of the Poznań Philharmonic, collaborated with the Warsaw Grand Theatre, and from 1974 to 1977 was artistic director of the Pomeranian Philharmonic, before his appointment as director of the Polish Radio and Television Orchestra and Chorus in Krakow, from 1977 to 1983. From 1983 to 2000 he was managing and artistic director of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, and from 1987 to 1992 he was the chief conductor and then first guest conductor of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria. From 2002 to 2013 Antoni Wit was the managing and artistic director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. He has been first guest conductor of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra in Pamplona since the 2010/11 season and its artistic director since the 2013/14 season. His international career has brought engagements with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas and the Near and Far East. He has made over 200 records, including an acclaimed release for Naxos of the piano concertos of Prokofiev, awarded the



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