Principal guest conductor

Kai Bumann
First guest conductor - Kai Bumann

Since season 2013/2014, Kai Baumann has been the visiting conductor of the Artur Rubinstein Lodz Philharmonic.

This German conductor has been closely tied to the Polish music scene for many years now. In 2008-2012, he acted as the artistic director of the Frederic Chopin Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk, where he organized a series of events devoted to outstanding contemporary Polish artists from various branches of art.

He was born in Berlin. He graduated from the faculty of conducting at the Hochschule der Künste. In 1986-1992, as a conductor, he cooperated with many opera theaters in Berlin, where he supervised music premieres of such operas as Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District by Dmitri Shostakovich, Salome by R. Strauss and Lulu by A. Berg, as well as other opera pieces from W.A. Mozart to G. Verdi. After winning the 2nd award at the International Competition for Conductors in Geneva in 1994, he launched his cooperation with the most vivid music centers in Poland, which lasts until now. In 1996, he was appointed the first visiting conductor at the Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk (a cycle of L. van Beethoven concerts, St. Luke Passion by K. Penderecki), and the first conductor at the Wiesbaden Staatstheater, where he presented such operas as The Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart, The Barber of Seville by G. Rossini, Tosca by G. Puccini and Aida by G. Verdi.

In 1997, he took the position of artistic director of the Cracow Opera, also becoming its first conductor. With his opera team, he prepared the premieres of The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni by W.A. Mozart, Un Ballo in Maschera by G. Verdi and K. Penderecki’s The Black Mask. In the same year, he was appointed the leading conductor of the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 1998-2003, he was a frequent guest of the Deutsche Oper.

From 2004 to May 2013, he worked as a permanent conductor of the Warsaw Chamber Opera. He launched his cooperation with this institution with a premiere of Falstaff by G. Verdi (2003). He took numerous trips with this ensemble, namely to France, Spain and twice to Japan (2004, 2006). He debuted in the Opera Theater in 2007 by conducting W.A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

Kai Bumman is also tutoring a conducting class at the S. Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, where he received a postdoctoral degree in June 2013.

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