Jurek Dybał


Headshot of the artistAcclaimed conductor, organiser of cultural activities, member of the famous Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Jurek Dybał was the director of Sinfonietta Cracovia between 2014 and 2022. He performs as guest conductor with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Radio Symphonie Orchester Wien, Tonkünstler Orchester, Wiener Kammer-Orchester, Wiener Concert-Verein, Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Teatro di San Carlo in Genoa, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Concerto Köln, Sinfonia Varsovia, NOSPR, Polish Radio Orchestra, Silesian Chamber Orchestra, Radom Chamber Orchestra, Leopoldinum Orchestra, NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Kraków Opera, and the philharmonic orchestras in Poznań, Kraków, Łódź, and Gdańsk.

His opera repertoire ranges from Telemann and Gluck through Donizetti and Dvořák to more unique contemporary composers as Fried or Nyman. He directed the Vienna State Opera’s production of Kinderring with music by Richard Wagner and collaborates with prominent musicians such as Gidon Kremer, Julian Rachlin, Gábor Boldoczki, Maurice Steger, Angela Hewitt, Katia and Marie Labeque, Lawrence Power, Martin Grubinger, Erwin Schrott, Tomasz Konieczny, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Cameron Carpenter, and Xavier de Maistre.

Mr Dybał conducted the first Polish performance of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Adagio for Strings and Music for recorders, marimba, percussion and strings. He also took part in the world premiere of Penderecki’s Leaves of an Unwritten Diary and Duo Concertante and led the Polish premiere of the composer’s Concertino per tromba e orchestra. An album with the recording of the piece released by Sony Classical received an International Classical Music Award. Mr Dybał was the music director of the enthusiastically received production of Penderecki’s Ubu Rex at the Silesian Opera. He founded and now leads the Krzysztof Penderecki International Music Festival in Zabrze, Poland. The artist paid tribute to his mentor by conducting his works during his official funeral ceremonies.

Jurek Dybał is has won two Fryderyk Awards, the Mayor of Bytom Award, a Golden Mask, the Mayor of Zabrze Award, and the Jan Kiepura Musical Theatre Award for Best Opera Composer.   

Recently, he became the music director of the MASO Orchestra from Kharkiv during the ensemble’s artistic residency in Poland. Future plans include the world premiere of excerpts of Krzysztof Penderecki’s unfinished opera Phaedra with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.