Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus
The Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra was formed at the initiative of Maestro Jerzy Semkow under the decision of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of 1 October 2007. The Orchestra comprises the most talented graduates and students of art schools, who are under 30.
Sinfonia Iuventus began its artistic activity in June 2008. It has worked with great conductors such as: John Axelrod, Kai Bumann, Charles Dutoit, José Maria Florêncio, Gabriel Chmura, Michaił Jurowski, Kazimierz Kord, Jan Krenz, Grzegorz Nowak, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Krzysztof Penderecki, Rafael Payare, Jerzy Salwarowski, Tadeusz Strugała, George Tchitchinadze, Antoni Wit, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Maxim Vengerov and the soloists, such as: Yulianna Avdeeva, Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Alena Baeva, François-René Duchâble, Lukas Geniušas, Krzysztof Jabłoński, Jakub Jakowicz, Alexander Kniazev, Andrei Korobeinikov, Bartosz Koziak, Ivan Monighetti, Janusz Olejniczak, Piotr Paleczny, Jadwiga Rappé, Jan Stanienda, Agata Szymczewska, Tatiana Szebanowa.
The Orchestra recorded many albums, made radio and TV recordings for Universal Music, CD Accord, DUX, Polskie Radio S.A., Albany Records, TVP Kultura. A special place in the discography of the Orchestra is occupied by two albums with symphonic repertoire (Schubert, Czajkowski) recorded under the baton of Maestro Jerzy Semkow. Cooperation with Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki has resulted in issuing many of his works, including a complete set of symphonies (2012) and an album with concerts: Clarinet, Flute and I Concerto grosso (2014). These recordings were recognised with the International Classical Music Award in 2014 and 2016.
The band's output includes in addition the recordings with the conductors and soloists, such as Gabriel Chmura (R. Strauss, Françaix, Debussy), Tadeusz Wojciechowski (Chopin), Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski (Chopin), Mariusz Patyra (Wieniawski), Ivan Monighetti (Haydn), Agata Szymczewska (Bruch, Wieniawski and Mendelssohn), George Tchitchinadze and Monika Wolińska (Bacewicz).
The Orchestra has performed in many concert stages and at many festivals in Poland and abroad: in Austria, China, France, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, Lithuania, Ukraine and Italy.
Since April 2009 the Orchestra has been a member of European Federation of National Youth Orchestras (EFNYO).
In November 2013, Krzysztof Penderecki took honorary artistic patronage of the Orchestra.
In September 2015, the Artistic Council of the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra was established, comprising: Prof. Tomasz Miczka (Chairman), Jacek Kaspszyk, Michaił Jurowski, Łukasz Borowicz and Przemysław Fiugajski.
Since September 2015 Anna Kościelna has been a Director of the Orchestra.