Jakub Chrenowicz has quickly emerged as one of the most talented and sought-after young Polish conductors. Former Assistant Conductor of Antoni Wit at the Warsaw Philharmonic, he has successfully worked with all the key orchestras in Poland including Warsaw Philharmonic, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, Sinfonia Varsovia, Poznań Philharmonic as well as the Polish National Opera, while also making conducting debuts in Europe with the Kammerorchester Berlin and the Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
Since the 2017/18 season Jakub Chrenowicz holds the position of Chief Conductor of the Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland.
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Chrenowicz was able to show the qualities of the music, and — ensuring the right proportions of sound — did not go just for effect. At the same time, he gave a lot of freedom to the [Warsaw Philharmonic] orchestra, which under the direction of some other conductors has a tendency to play forcefully. But with enthusiasm that inspired the orchestra to become more involved in the music, he phrased gracefully and achieved unforced fortes. His expressive technique was characterised by attention and focus, guaranteeing good rapport with the players.
[Stepping in to replace Maestro Isaac Karabtchevsky at short notice in his subscription concert debut with the Warsaw Philharmonic], it must be said that Jakub Chrenowicz was on top of his task. A completely different conducting personality from his older colleagues, he does not lack youthful lightness, but he still strikes a tone of elegance, self-control and freedom. Let us add that Brahms and Mendelssohn were conducted from memory. He was warmly received by the audience, choir and orchestra of the Filharmonia Narodowa. Certainly, someone to watch.
“Conductor Jakub Chrenowicz gives the Pastorale a slow, relaxed tempo, which unfolds its depth effect all the faster, because it enhances this portrait of a shore excursion into the meta-physical. The Sixth turns out to be more than perfect climate change symphony under Chrenowicz 'hands, because it painfully reminds us of what we are losing through action: the natural balance with the planet.”
Jakub Chrenowicz has quickly emerged as one of the most talented and sought-after young Polish conductors. He studied conducting with Jerzy Salwarowski at the Ignacy Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, graduating with honours in 2010. He continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena with Gianluigi Gelmetti. Between 2010-2012 he was Assistant Conductor of Antoni Wit at the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.
Chrenowicz has worked with all the key orchestras in Poland including Warsaw Philharmonic, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, Sinfonia Varsovia, Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, Poznań Philharmonic, Łódź, Pomeranian and Kraków Philharmonic Orchestras. His guest conducting engagements in Europe had seen him making successful debuts with the Kammerorchester Berlin as well as the Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. He collaborated with renowned soloists such as Alexander Gavrylyuk, Daniil Trifonov, Isabelle van Keulen, Peter Jablonski, Piotr Paleczny, Dang Thai Son i Julianna Avdeeva among others.
In the 2011/2012 season, Jakub Chrenowicz made his debut at the Polish National Opera in Warsaw, where he conducted the premiere of the ballet Biblical Tales. He was reinvited in subsequent seasons to lead several opera performances including Moniuszko's Haunted Manor and ballet performances of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.
In the 2012/2013 season he was Chief Conductor of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in Białystok, and in the 2017/18 season he was appointed Chief Conductor of the Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra, the position he is currently holding in Poland.
Jakub Chrenowicz’s recent and future engagements include returns to Baltic Opera in Gdańsk, Wrocław Opera, Poznań Philharmonic as well as his debut with the Sinfonia Iuventus as part of the Young Euro Classic Festival at the Berlin Konzerthaus.
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