Szymon Bywalec

Szymon Bywalec graduated with distinction in symphony and opera conducting from the Jan Wincenty Hawel class at the Music Academy in Katowice, where he now teaches at the Department of Composition, Interpretation, Education and Jazz. Between 2006 and 2013, he was artistic director of the Karol Szymanowski Academic Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. He has worked with renowned conductors such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Gabriel Chmura, Takuo Yuasa, Arturo Tamayo, Jacek Kaspszyk, and Paul McCreesh. He is also a graduate of the Music Academy in Krakow, where he studied the oboe with Jerzy Kotyczka.

On a scholarship to Siena’s Chigiana Musical Academy, he perfected his métier taught by Gianluigi Gelmetti (2001) and Lothar Zagrosek (2002, diploma with honours). He has also participated in conducting masterclasses ran by the likes of Gabriel Chmura, Kurt Masur, Zoltán Peskó, and Pierre Boulez.

He won 1st Prize at the National Review of Young Conductors in Białystok (1998), two special prizes at the Grzegorz Fitelberg International Conducting Competition in Katowice (1999), and has received several scholarships from the Polish Ministry of Culture and the Mayor of Katowice.

He is permanent conductor at the OMNNew Music Orchestra, which he has led at various modern music festivals, including Warsaw Autumn, Wrocław’s Musica Polonica Nova and Musica Electronica Nova, Poznań Music Spring, Bratislava’s Melos-Ethos, Lviv’s Velvet Curtain 2, Paweł Szymański Festival in Warsaw, Beijing Modern, and the Hindsgavl Festival in Denmark. At Warsaw Autumn festival in 2005, he worked with IRCAM and soloists of the Ensemble Court circuit for a performance of Pierre Boulez’s Répons. Since 2011, Szymon Bywalec has sat on the programme committee of the Warsaw Autumn Festival, and was artistic director of the Musica Polonica Nova festival between 2013–2016.

He has given over 100 Polish and world premieres. With the OMN, he has made numerous recordings for Polish Radio, winning a Fryderyk nomination in 2003. An LP of the works of Weronika Ratusińska he recorded with the OMN on DUX Records won the Pizzicato Supersonic Award in 2009. His recording of Paweł Szymański’s Three Trakl Songs received a recommendation at the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris, while Magdalena Długosz’s Gemisatos (with Sinfonia Varsovia) and Ewa Trębacz’s things lost things invisible (conducted in partnership with Arturo Tamayo) were warmly received in 2009.

He has directed the Romanian Radio National Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic, the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra in Miskolc, the Camerata Strumentale Città di Prato, the Orchestra Filarmonica Europea, the Orchestral Contemporain Ensemble, the Melos Ethos Ensemble, the Slovak Sinfonietta in Žilina, the Polish National Radio Symphony, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Polish Radio Orchestra and other orchestras in Poland and abroad.

Phot. Izabela Lechowicz
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