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What’s the Key to Success?
December 30, 2014   
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Andrzej Kosendiak, director of the National Forum of Music in Wrocław, talks to Barbara Deręgowska about the growing music scene in the city.

In the 1990s, early music was promoted in Wrocław through the “Thursday Concerts” series that you invented. Why were the concerts canceled?
The early music concerts at the City Hall were a phenomenon in Poland. It was the first time that early music was played on a regular, monthly basis in this country. You could come to a concert and hear a “preview” performance of a Baroque masterpiece that had been rediscovered after many years. We found some of these pieces in the University Library in Wrocław. We held several dozen concerts over a decade and we now want to revisit the concept during the Wratislavia Cantans festival. We will start a series of concerts entitled The Musical Treasures of Wrocław featuring unique masterpieces from around the world. The concerts will be accompanied by exhibitions of early scores for the featured pieces.

This year you will be celebrating three anniversaries. You will soon turn 60, you have been the director of the Wrocław Philharmonic for 10 years and you began your artistic career 40 years ago. Which anniversary means the most to you?
Yes, these occasions take me back. In fact, all these anniversaries are equally important to me. A lot has happened over the years, but if you want specifics, I’ll let the statistics speak for themselves. So many music ensembles, festivals and schools have been set up over that time. It’s very important that our ensembles and festivals each have a different artistic director and this is the key to success. The directors are to a large extent independent in shaping the character of and the artistic visions underlying these groups and events.

This is how we have been able to draw many fantastic performers to Wrocław, such as Paul McCreesh, Jacek Kaspszyk and Giovanni Antonini. We want our venues to attract outstanding figures who will get an opportunity to pursue their artistic dreams.

The National Forum of Music will open halfway through this year. How will this modern concert venue, with a capacity of almost 3,000 in three halls, change the music scene in Wrocław?
I want to make sure that the National Forum of Music is not just another concert hall in town. Instead, I want it to be part of a project aimed at stimulating music in the city. Everything we have done so far has resulted in the need to build a venue of this type. Our plan is to hold up to 700 events a year.


Number of music ensembles
2005—1
Wrocław Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

2014—11
National Forum of Music (NFM) Symphony Orchestra
Wrocław Baroque Orchestra
NFM Leopoldinum – Chamber Orchestra
Lutosławski Quartet
NFM Choir
NFM Boys’ Choir
Polish National Youth Choir
LutosAir Quintet
Polish Cello Quartet
NFM Ensemble
NFM Leopoldinum String Trio

Number of festivals
2005—1
Wratislavia Cantans International Festival

2014—6
Wratislavia Cantans International Festival
Musica Polonica Nova
Musica Electronica Nova
Leo Festival
Forum Musicum
Jazztopad

Number of educational concerts
2005—28
2014—497

Total number of concerts
2005—178
2014—602
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