The first full- time professional orchestra in Gorzow. Founded by Maestro Piotr Borkowski, who was its first conductor and Artistic Director (March 2011- October 2012). Inaugurated its first season with a breathtaking performance of the Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 during the Grand Opening Concert of the Gorzow Philharmonic in May 2011, performing with Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Singakademie Choir from Frankfurt and Jan Szyrocki Academic Choir of the West Pomeranian University in Szczecin.
The Gorzow Philharmonic Orchestra is a young, international team of exceptional artistic profile and professionalism. The musicians come from Poland, Germany, Italy, Japan and the South Korea. The orchestra has a versatile repertoire with a special focus on chamber music: Baroque to contemporary. Enthusiastically received both by the audience and the critics, the orchestra aspires to earn its place among the best Polish and international orchestras. Despite its short existence the orchestra has already set high standards for itself and has not avoided challenges. The musicians performed with some of the most illustrious artists of our times: Maxim Vengerov and Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki and with such distinguished conductors as Maciej Żółtowski, Krzesimir Dębski, Bernard Chmielarz, Tomasz Bugaj, Maciej Niesiołowski Marcin Nałęcz- Niesiołowski, Jerzy Salwarowski and Marcin Sompoliński.
The orchestra performed with an array of artists of world renown: Małgorzata Walewska, Katarzyna Trylnik, Małgorzata Pańko, Jacek Laszczkowski, Bogusław Morka, Iwona Hossa, Katarina Andreasson, Elena Nogaeva, Tomasz Strahl, Liliana Stawarz, Agata Szymczewska, Ilya Rashkovskyi, Fabio Bidini, Zvi Carmeli, Adam Makowicz, Ivan Monighetti, Denis Zhdanov, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Beata Bilińska, Adam Makowicz and Adam Wodnicki.
In March 2012 the orchestra was involved in a prestigious international event- the 16th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, with Ms Elżbieta Penderecka as the Artistic Director. The Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra also produced Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte in collaboration with Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, directed by Professor Ryszard Cieśla and Przemysław Klonowski. The opera was staged on the Chamber Stage of the Warsaw’s Teatr Wielki- Polish National Opera.
The orchestra has successfully collaborated with jazz musicians, alternative music performers and entertainers, such as: Krystyna Prońko, Michał Wróblewski (‘Jazz and Orchestra’ project), Anna Jurksztowicz and Krzesimir Dębski, Jarek Śmietana (‘Autumn Suite’ project), Adam Bałdych, Henryk and Dorota Miśkiewicz (‘ALE BRASIL!’ project) or Jose Torres (‘Cuban Salsa- a symphonic project’). In August 2012 the orchestra gave an amazing performance within PRZYSTANEK WOODSTOCK festival. In February 2013 the orchestra played a live concert together with Michał Wróblewski Trio at the Agnieszka Osiecka Music Studio of the Polish Radio in Warsaw.
The orchestra’s recording debut was a spectacular one. In April 2012 the Gorzow Philharmonic Orchestra, performing with a brilliant violinist Soyoung Yoon, the winner of the 14th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, recorded its first album featuring two violin Concertos: Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D- Major, op.35 and Sibelius’s Violin Concerto in D- minor, op. 47. The album was nominated to the FRYDERYKI 2013 Award in the category Album of the Year- Concert and Symphonic Music and the nomination of the local mass media to the ALE SZTUKA! Prize.
Since January 2013 the orchestra performs under the direction of Professor Monika Wolińska.