Krzysztof Penderecki performed by the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Bartosz Koziak and Maciej Tworek as part of the Music in Old Cracow Festival 2020.
The Beethoven Academy Orchestra is one of Poland’s leading symphony orchestras of the young generation. Since 2013, by invitation of the BAO artists, the post of the orchestra’s principal conductor has been held by maestro Jacek Kaspszyk. It is made up of music aficionados – the most outstanding students and graduates of European higher musical education institutions. In 2005, on the initiative of Elżbieta Penderecka, the orchestra debuted at the 9th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw, which resulted in excellent reviews and invitations to prestigious festivals at home and abroad. Since 2011, the BAO has been a resident orchestra in Darmstadt. Thanks to the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, it has organised several dozen educational concerts. It also inaugurated the opening of Krakow Arena with the “Pixar in Concert” event for 16,000 young spectators. The orchestra has many albums to its credit, recorded for such labels as DUX Poland, Centaur Records USA, Le Foxx Music and Universal Music. Since its inception, the orchestra has been under the artistic and organisational care of Marcin Klejdysz. Together with Elżbieta Penderecka, he has created a modern and non-institutional style of management of a large group of artists, which in combination with collaboration with numerous milieus and regular partnerships has guaranteed the orchestra an intensive and regular concert season for almost twelve years. The orchestra has worked with some of the greatest authorities of the art of conducting, composers and soloists.