The Sinfonietta Cracovia ranks among the leading Polish and European orchestras.
The exceptional atmosphere of their concerts, the enthusiastic reception by the
audiences, glowing reviews and, first of all, the quality of stage performances, are
to confirm the sustainable development of the still young ensemble. Introducing
innovative compositions including medleys of classical, electronic and even jazz music
is propitious for winning new listeners of classical music.
Robert Kabara took on the artistic leadership of the orchestra in 1992. It took two years
of his creative work as a leader and an artistic director to transform a group of young
inexperienced musicians into a professional ensemble defined by its distinctive artistic
image. The Sinfonietta Cracovia, the name of which appeared at the beginning of
1994, became a cultural institution under the patronage of the President of the City of
Cracow and was granted the status of the Orchestra of the Capital Royal City of Cracow.
Much tribute should be paid to the city authorities of that time as well as to Elzbieta
and Krzysztof Penderecki whose decisive support contributed to the foundation of the
youngest orchestra in Cracow.
Collaboration with outstanding figures of the art world has become a vital element
of the concert life of the Sinfonietta. Among them are Krzysztof Penderecki, Christoph
Eschenbach, Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Rudolf Buchbinder, Mischa Maisky,
Pieter Wispelwey, Ilya Gringolts, Antoni Wit, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Barry Douglas, Kaja
Danczowska, Irene Grafenauer or Tabea Zimmermann, to name but a few. Robert
Kabara has been the director and the artistic leader of Sinfonietta Cracovia since it was
established in 1994 and from that time he has been collaborating with Adam Balas, the
highly qualified manager of the orchestra.
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