Łukasz Borowicz has served as Artistic Director of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra since March 2007. Born in Warsaw in 1977, he graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw where he studied with Bogusław Madey and Antoni Wit. He is a prizewinner of four conducting competitions: in Trento (1999), Athens (2000), Porto (2002) and Bamberg (2004). He worked as an assistant conductor to Iván Fischer at the Budapest Festival Orchestra (2000/2001), to Antoni Wit at the Warsaw Philharmonic (2002–2005) and to Kazimierz Kord at the Teatr Wielki (Polish National Opera) in Warsaw (2005/2006). In 2006 he was appointed Chief Guest Conductor of the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra.
Łukasz Borowicz has appeared as a guest conductor with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, the Orchestra of the Opera in Marseilles, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra and most of Polish symphony orchestras. He has also appeared at many festivals, including the Rossini Festival in Pesaro and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.
He made his operatic debut at the Polish National Opera in Warsaw with Don Giovanni. His subsequent operatic projects have included Orfeo ed Euridice with the same company, Don Giovanni, Eugene Onegin and Halka (Kraków Opera), Die Zauberflöte, Rusalka, The Bluebeard’s Castle and Dido and Aeneas (Grand Theatre in Łódź), Moniuszko’s Halka (the Schleswig-Holstein Festival) or Szymanowski’s The King Roger (Bilbao, Palacio Euskalduna) with Mariusz Kwiecień in the title role.
Łukasz Borowicz has done a great deal to re-discover in concert performance and recordings with the Polish Radio Symphonic Orchestra the almost forgotten works, such as the operas Flis (Plavec / The Raftsman) by Stanisław Moniuszko or L’hirondelle inattendue by Simon Laks (world premiere recording released on CD by EDA Records). His recodings for the Polish Radio own label include, among others, Cherubini’s Lodoïska, Roman Statkowski’s Maria, Louis Spohr’s Der Berggeist and Grażyna Bacewicz’ The Adventure of King Arthur. He has made recordings with such prominent singers as Ewa Podleś, Piotr Beczała, Mariusz Kwiecień or Samuel Ramey. His latest recording with Piotr Beczała and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London is the CD Heart’s Delight – The Songs of Richard Tauber (Deutsche Grammophon, May 2013). He is also the conductor in a series of recordings of British-Polish composer Sir Andrzej Panufnik’s complete symphonic works with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, due to be complete in 2014. Some of these recordings were honoured with prizes such as the 2010 Diapason d’Or, Poland’s Fryderyk Prize in 2007 and 2010, a nomination for the Midem Classical Award 2008, or the German Record Critics’ Award in 2009. In August 2010 his Panufnik recording for cpo label was the BBC Music Magazine’s Orchestral Choice.