Krzysztof Urbański

September 2013 marks the start of Krzysztof Urbański’s third season as Music Director of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

He also continues as Chief Conductor of the Trondheim Symfoniorkester, who appointed him Artistic Leader in recognition of the major contribution he has made to the orchestra. Urbański’s performances this season include the world premiere of Pastorale e capriccio which both orchestras have co-commissioned from Wojciech Kilar. In 2013/14, he takes the Trondheim Symfoniorkester on tour to Vienna, Cologne, Warsaw and Kraków. He also holds the position of Principal Guest Conductor of Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.

This season sees debuts with Berliner Philharmoniker and Chicago Symphony Orchestra (at the Ravinia Festival) and the following season with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich and Münchner Philharmoniker.  He will also return to the Philharmonia Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de Espana, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. In the US, engagements include a return to Los Angeles Philharmonic and Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra.

Last season he conducted major European tours with both the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (with soloists Sol Gabetta and Alice Sara Ott) and the European Union Youth Orchestra, and returned to Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival to conduct their Akademie Orchestra in Shostakovich’s Symphony No.10. In November 2013, he participates in a internationally-televised concert in Warsaw with Sinfonia Varsovia to mark the 80th birthday of his compatriot Krzysztof Penderecki - conducting his Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, and sharing the podium with Charles Dutoit and Valery Gergiev.

Urbański graduated from the Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw in 2007, and in the same year was the unanimous First Prize Winner of the Prague Spring International Conducting Competition. From 2007-2009 he served as Assistant Conductor to the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, working under Music Director Antoni Wit with whom he also studied at University. He holds the position of Adjunct Professor of Music (Orchestral Conducting) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.