General Director of Wrocław Philharmonic and International Festival Wratislavia Cantans, artist, conductor and teacher, Andrzej Kosendiak is among the most active musicians and organizers of Poland’s music life. He graduated from the Department of Composition, Conducting and Music Theory of Wrocław Academy of Music. In 2005 he was appointed Director of the Wrocław Philharmonic and Wratislavia Cantans and has succeeded in a complete makeover of these two institutions.
Upon his initiative, under the aegis of Wrocław Philharmonic new ensembles were created: the Choir, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra and the Boys’ Choir. Andrzej Kosendiak is the creator of several festivals (Forum Musicum, Leo Festival) and artistic projects – he has conceived and manages the recording project of Witold Lutosławski’s complete works (so far three CDs have been released). He has also initiated a series of CD releases entitled 1000 Years of Music in Wrocław, a project meant to record the city’s musical heritage.
It has been Andrzej Kosendiak’s idea to create a series of world-class recordings (under the auspices of Paul McCreesh) encompassing the most important oratorio works and featuring Wrocław ensembles and Gabrieli Consort & Players.
Educational projects: school choir schemes ‘Singing Wrocław’ and ‘Singing Poland’ as well as ‘Mummy, Daddy Sing to Me’ encouraging parents to sing lullabies to their babies have also been conceived by Andrzej Kosendiak. For many years he has been active as lecturer with Wrocław Academy of Music, where in 2001–2009 he headed the Cross-Department Ancient Music Workshop.
Ancient music is of special interest to Andrzej Kosendiak: in 1985 he founded Collegio di Musica Sacra and has been its artistic director until now. He has performed in many European countries and in the US (cooperating, among others, with Chapel Hill University NC USA), and appeared at Poland’s most prestigious festivals and venues.
His recordings include thitherto unknown music from the collection of Wroclaw University Library: Musica da Chiesa (DUX), Strassbourg Library: F.X. Richter’s Missa Pastorale, Dixit, Magnificat (CYPRES) and A. Bononcini’s Stabat Mater (DUX). Recently, under his direction a new CD was recorded (CD Accord), featuring works by G.G. Gorczycki (Wrocław Music Prize 2013, Fryderyk Award 2013 nomination).
He regularly conducts the Choir and Symphony Orchestra of Wrocław Philharmonic as well as Wrocław Baroque Orchestra. In recent years performances included Haendel’s Messiah and both Passions by J. S. Bach (thanks to Andrzej Kosendiak performing Bach’s Passions during the Holy Week has already become a tradition in Wrocław).
A few years ago Andrzej Kosendiak put forward the idea of building The National Forum of Music and is now the coordinator of its construction.