Professor Tomasz Bugaj

He cur­rent­ly holds the posi­tion of Head of Chair of Sym­pho­ny and Opera Con­duct­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Music in War­saw. Until 2005 he was the Artis­tic Direc­tor and Prin­ci­pal Con­duc­tor of the Cra­cow Phil­har­mon­ic. He is a lead­ing mem­ber of Poland’s post-war gen­er­a­tion of con­duc­tors.

He stud­ied con­duct­ing (1969–1974) with pro­fes­sor Stanisław Wisłoc­ki at the War­saw Acad­e­my of Music and musi­col­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of War­saw (1969–1972). Direct­ly after grad­u­a­tion he took up work at the War­saw Cham­ber Opera (Warsza­wska Opera Kam­er­al­na), where he was suc­ces­sive­ly pro­mot­ed from assis­tant con­duc­tor (to Kaz­imierz Kord, Jerzy Maksymiuk and Jur­gen Jur­gens among oth­ers) to con­duc­tor and finaly to the music direc­tor of this opera. With the W.Ch.O. he toured many times Europe and the USA, con­duct­ing operas of Haydn, Per­gole­si, Cimarosa, Paisiel­lo, Tele­mann, Han­del, Rossi­ni and Donizetti, spe­cial­iz­ing — above all — in Mozart.

Tomasz Bugaj made a break­through in his career whan he won the 1978 Inter­na­tion­al Com­pe­ti­tion in Bris­tol, U.K. (Impe­r­i­al Tobac­co Inter­na­tion­al Con­duc­tors Award). This suc­cess led to appear­ances over sev­er­al sea­sons with the Bournemouth Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra and Bournemouth Sin­foni­et­ta and brought him in to con­tact with many lead­ing British ensem­bles, such as: Lon­don Phil­har­mon­ic, Roy­al Scot­tish Nation­al, Roy­al Liv­er­pool Phil­har­mon­ic, BBC Phil­har­mon­ic, BBC Scot­tish Sym­pho­ny, BBC Welsh, Scot­tish Cham­ber and Ulster Orches­tras.

In Poland he was artis­tic direc­tor of the Pomeran­ian Phil­har­mon­ic in Byd­goszcz (1980–1984), Artur Rubin­stein Phil­har­mon­ic in Łódź (1987–1990) as well as reg­u­lar guest of the lead­ing Pol­ish orches­tras: War­saw Phil­har­mon­ic, Pol­ish Radio Nation­al S.O. Katow­ice, Sin­fo­nia Varso­via and Pol­ish Cham­ber Orches­tra. He has been equal­ly active in the field of opera, coop­er­at­ing with the Opera Hous­es in War­saw (Teatr Wiel­ki), Łódź, Poz­nań, Gdańsk, Aachen, Leeds (Opera North), Bil­bao and Pam­plona.

In Ger­many he con­duct­ed orches­tras in: Aachen, Berlin, Bochum, Duis­burg, Essen, Hagen, Flenns­burg, Her­ford (Nord­west­deutche Phil­har­mon­ic), Gelsenkirchen, Mannheim, Munich (Munch­en­er Rund­funk Orch­ester), Stuttgart, Saar­bruck­en, Weimar and Wies­baden. Tomasz Bugaj con­duct­ed sev­er­al times the Mozar­teum Orches­tra in Salzburg, orches­tras in Bergen (Nor­way), Turku (Fin­land), RTL Lux­em­burg, Orques­ta Nacional de Espana (Madrid), Orques­ta Sin­fon­i­ca de Gran Canaria, Orques­ta Sin­fon­i­ca de Bil­bao, Nation­al Cham­ber Orches­tra in Wash­ing­ton, Orches­tra of the RTE in Dublin, Orques­ta Sin­fon­i­ca de Chile, Orches­tra Sin­fon­i­ca Sicil­iana in Paler­mo, Slo­vak Phil­har­mon­ic, Orches­tra in Bratisla­va, Russ­ian Nation­al Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra in Moscow and many, many oth­ers.

Among the halls in which he appeared are: Berlin Phil­har­mon­ic and Schaus­piel­haus, Grieghallen in Bergen, Alte Oper in Frank­furt, Herku­lessaal in Munich, Lieder­halle in Stuttgart, Roy­al Fes­ti­val Hall and Bar­bi­can Hall in Lon­don, Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Gross­es Few­st­spiel­haus in Salzburg and the Great Hall of the Moscow Con­cer­va­toire.

He took part in many inter­na­tion­al fes­ti­vals, such as: Fes­ti­val de Asturias, Bath Inter­na­tion­al Fes­ti­val of Music and Arts, Berlin­er Fest­wochen, Fest­spil­lene i Bergen, Carinthi­an Sum­mer, Chel­tenham Inter­na­tion­al Fes­ti­val of Music, Istam­bul Inter­na­tion­al Fes­ti­val, Wratislavia Can­tans, Ital­ian Fes­ti­vals in Luc­ca, Milan, Rav­el­lo, Taormi­na.

Tomasz Bugaj has been invit­ed to par­tic­i­pate in numer­ous vocal com­pe­ti­tions: in Pam­plona, Bil­bao, War­saw, where he con­duct­ed dur­ing the final audi­tions, prizewin­ners’ con­certs and took part in the work of the jury.

Tomasz Bugaj’s record­ings have appeared on labels such as Orpheo, Pol­skie Nagra­nia, Yedang (South Korea), Musiques Suiss­es; he has also record­ed for Pol­ish Radio, TVP, West­deutsch­er Rund­funk, Bay­erisch­er Rund­funk and BBC.


last modified: 01/03/2018