Maestro move: Extra Polish

Maestro move: Extra Polish


norman lebrecht

July 02, 2021

Lukas Borowicz has been named music director of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, starting now.

He’s an adventurous recording artist, with the complete works of Andrzej Panufnik to his credit, but western orchestras just wants batons who do same-old, same-old.


  • fflambeau says:

    “…but western orchestras just wants batons who do same-old, same-old.” I’m not sure this is correct. Many patrons want this but the conductors I see want to insert lots of new music into their programs; perhaps mixing it with war horses. That to me makes sense.

  • Harry Mills says:

    A very fine conductor. I first came across his work in Sweden about 15 years ago. It was clear then that he was a great prospect. I agree that he should, by now, have a stronger career across Europe. Nevertheless he has made many fine recordings.
    Poznan has made a sound decision. I wish them well.

  • Eleanor Hope says:

    Perhaps you could share the Maestro’s full name…..Łukasz BOROWICZ. Congratulations to him!

    • V.Lind says:

      I’m afraid I always consider misspelling or mispronouncing someone’s name as a bit insulting.

  • J Barcelo says:

    Yes, western orchestras want just the same old, same old. But that’s because western audiences want the same old, same old. In the US and England it’s understandable: orchestras depend on ticket sales, and let’s be honest: Lutoslawski isn’t a big draw. In countries where the government subsidizes orchestras it’s a bit easier to program outside of the standard repertoire. Look over the 2021/22 programming for the big US orchestras and it gets depressing how uninteresting and repetitive the concerts are.

  • Kalman Rubinson says:

    FWIW, his full name is Łukasz Borowicz .

  • Jcp says:

    He haas been so for many years!