As of the 2017/2018 season, Paweł Przytocki was appointed Artistic Director of the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic.
Born in Krosno, Mr. Przytocki graduated from Prof. Jerzy Katlewicz’s conducting class at the Academy of Music in Cracow in 1985. In the years 1986–1987, he received a scholarship from the Bachakademie Stuttgart, where he attended Prof. Helmuth Rilling’s masterclasses.
As early as in 1983, Paweł Przytocki cooperated with the Cracow Philharmonic, and in 1987 with the Grand Theater in Łódź. In the years 1988–1991, he served as conductor and Artistic Director of the Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk, from 1995 to 1997, he was Artistic Director of the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic, and in 2008–2012 he was Managing and Artistic Director of the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Cracow.
In 2005, Paweł Przytocki started cooperation with the Grand Theater – National Opera House in Warsaw. In the 2005/2006 season, he premiered Aram Khachaturian’s “Spartacus” and led the orchestra in Piotr Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata, as well as Giacomo Puccini’s “La bohème.” In the 2006/2007 season, he conducted a premiere of “Eugene Onegin” choreographed by John Cranko.
Paweł Przytocki has worked with most philharmonic orchestras in Poland, as well as many symphony and chamber orchestras abroad, including the Budapest Concert Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonika de Xalapa, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Capella Istropolitana in Bratislava, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Halle, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava, Slovak Philharmonic in Bratislava, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine in Kiev, National Philharmonic in Santiago, National Philharmonic in Zagreb, New Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz, and Jenaer Philharmonie.
Przytocki has led Polish orchestras in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, and Spain, and regularly appears at international music festivals, including the Athens Festival (1987), Musikfest Stuttgart (1988), Flanders Festival (1989), La Chaise-Dieu Festival (1996), Kissinger Sommer (1998), Bratislava Musik Festival (1999), Augsburger Mozartsommer (2000), Prague Spring (2001), and Wratislavia Cantans (2005).
Paweł Przytocki has also appeared at many prestigious venues around Europe, such as Musikverein in Vienna, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Musikhalle in Hamburg, and Beethovenhalle in Bonn.
Przytocki has made several archival recordings for the Polish Radio and Television, and recorded albums for the labels DUX, Aurophon, and Point Classics. His rendition of Rachmaninoff’s Symphony no. 1 was hailed by the American music magazine “La Folia” as an example of a rare level of intensity and devotion in music (along with Carlos Kleiber’s Beethoven Fifth and Sviatoslav Richter’s Appasionata).
Since 2007, Paweł Przytocki has worked at the Conducting Department of the Academy of Music in Cracow, where he runs a conducting class.
In February 2017, Przytocki led the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance at the Golden Hall of the renowned Musikverein in Vienna. The great success of that concert and the enthusiastic applause of the international audience provided inspiration for his appointment as Artistic Director of the Philharmonic.