Antoni Wit

Biography

Born: Feb 7, 1944; Poland  
In the latter quarter of the twentieth century, Antoni Wit was often called by critics one of the most underrated conductors of his time. Indeed, he had numerous acclaimed recordings to his credit and held distinguished conducting posts in Poland, but remained largely little known until the new century. Perhaps he had unwittingly impeded his career by championing the music of many contemporary Polish composers: Penderecki, Wojciech Kilar, Read more Krysztof Meyer, Eugeniusz Knapik, and a long list of others. But then Wit's choice of repertory ultimately had been, and remains, broad, with particular focus on the works of Schumann, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Rachmaninov, Bartók, Prokofiev, and a spate of others. Wit has made over 100 recordings, mostly for the Naxos label. He also teaches conducting at the Warsaw-based Frédéric Chopin University of Music.
Antoni Wit was born in Krakow, Poland, February 7, 1944. He enrolled at the Krakow Academy of Music, where his most important teachers were Henryk Czyz (conducting) and Penderecki (composition). He had further training in Paris at the Ecole Normale de Musique with Pierre Dervaux, and then studied composition with Nadia Boulanger (1967-1968).
From 1967-1969 Wit was an assistant to Witold Rowicki at the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. After further studies in conducting at Tanglewood with Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and Seiji Ozawa in 1973, Wit was appointed artistic director of the Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland), holding the post from 1974-1977.
Wit next served as director of the Krakow-based Polish Radio and Television Orchestra and Chorus from 1977-1983. During his tenure there, Wit premiered many important new works, including the Penderecki Lacrimosa (1980).
From 1983-2000 Wit served as director of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Katowice. It was with this ensemble that Wit has made most of his recordings. His 2000 Naxos CD of Messiaen's Turangalîla Symphony, with the National Polish RSO, received the Cannes Classical Award at Midem Classique 2002.
During the 1980s and '90s, Wit also actively freelanced across the globe, conducting major orchestras in Berlin, Dresden, London, Dublin, Rome, Budapest, Barcelona, Tokyo, Montreal, and Mexico City. Wit also conducted the Orquestra Filharmónica de Gran Canaria from 1987, first as artistic director (until 1988), then as visiting conductor (1988-1992).
From 2002 Wit has served as general and artistic director of the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra. Among Wit's recordings is the 2008 Naxos CD of Volume 1 of the Symphonic Poems of Mieczyslaw Karlowicz. In 2008, his Naxos recording of Penderecki's Symphony No. 7, with the Warsaw National Philharmonic Choir and the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of best choral performance. Read less
Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works Vol 1 / Wit, Polish Rso
Release Date: 09/17/1996   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553202   Number of Discs: 1
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Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Wit, Warsaw National Po, Et Al
Release Date: 04/18/2006   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550533   Number of Discs: 2
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Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1... / Nebolsin, Wit
Release Date: 08/31/2010   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572335   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorak: Requiem / Wit, Warsaw Philharmonic
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 7287475   Number of Discs: 2
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Dvorak: Mass in D & Te Deum / Wit, Navarra Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: 05/12/2017   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573558   Number of Discs: 1
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    Decca Sound: The Piano Edition
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832243 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Julius Katchen,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Bernard Haitink,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Idil Biret - Brahms Edition
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501602 Release Date: 11/10/2017   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Ulvi Cemal Erkin
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Roderic Von Bennigsen
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  London String Quartet
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    Rachmaninov Edition / Biret, Wit, Polish National Radio Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501065 Release Date: 10/13/2017   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Idil Biret
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Mass in D & Te Deum / Wit, Navarra Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573558 Release Date: 05/12/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Ewa Biegas,  José Antonio Lopez,  Marina Rodriguez-Cusi,  Javier Tome
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orfeon Pamplones Chorus,  Navarra Symphony Orchestra
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    Naxos: The Anniversary Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503293 Release Date: 04/14/2017   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Bettina Eger,  Ute Hartwich,  Martin Kevenhörster,  Hans-Martin Kothe  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl,  Georg Tintner,  Robert Stankovsky,  Leonard Slatkin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    My First Christmas Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578340 Release Date: 11/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry John Gauntlett,  John Carmichael,  John Henry Hopkins Jr.,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Stringer,  Raymond Johnston,  Mats Norrefalk,  Mats-Erik Björklund  ... 
    Conductor:  Donald Hunt,  Barry Wordsworth,  Antony Pitts,  Andrew Sackett  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Worcester Cathedral Choir,  BBC Concert Orchestra,  Tonus Peregrinus  ... 
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  • 7.
    My First Classical Albums
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8509003 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonio Vivaldi,  John Adams  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Jénö Jandó,  Jürgen Schuster,  Idil Biret  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Marin Alsop,  Keith Clark  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Éder String Quartet,  Danubius String Quartet,  German Wind Soloists  ... 
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  • 8.
    Purple Classics Presents: The Classical Music Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578336 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Hĺvard Gimse,  Jenö Jandó,  Lucy Van Dael
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Bjarte Engeset,  Alexander Rahbari,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Schumann Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95020 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Clara Wieck Schumann
    Performer:  Julius Berger,  Hansheinz Schneeberger,  Francis Orval,  François Tommasini  ... 
    Conductor:  Florian Merz,  Pierre Cao,  Arie Van Beek,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  South Westphalia Philharmonic,  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra,  Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 10.
    Penderecki: A sea of dreams did breathe on me...
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573062 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Performer:  Olga Pasichnyk,  Jaroslav Brek,  Ewa Marciniec
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra,  Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus
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    Dvorak Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95100 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny,  Ruggiero Ricci,  Zara Nelsova,  Marián Lapsansky  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Theodore Kuchar,  Walter Susskind,  Antal Doráti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Ostrava Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 12.
    Penderecki: Magnificat, Kadisz / Wit, Warsaw
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572697 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Performer:  Olga Pasichnyk
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra,  Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus
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    Schumann Edition
    Label: Iba [idil Biret Archives]   Catalog: 8508016 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Claude Debussy,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Idil Biret
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
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  • 14.
    Battles In Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 578293 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Leonardo Balada,  Roy Harris  ... 
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  Salvador Mas Conde,  Marin Alsop,  Dmitry Yablonsky  ... 
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    Dvorak: Requiem / Wit, Warsaw Philharmonic [blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 46 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Janusz Monarcha,  Christiane Libor,  Daniel Kirch
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra,  Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus
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  • 16.
    Dvorak: Requiem / Wit, Warsaw Philharmonic
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 7287475 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Christiane Libor,  Janusz Monarcha,  Daniel Kirch
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra,  Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus
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  • 17.
    Love And Passion In Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 7828990 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Léo Delibes,  Claude Debussy,  Alexander Glazunov  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Rivka Golani,  János Selmeczy
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner,  Andrew Mogrelia,  Alexander Rahbari,  Konstantin Krimetz  ... 
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  • 18.
    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Libor, Bauer, Wit, Warsaw Philharmonic [blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 39 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Christiane Libor,  Thomas E. Bauer
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra,  Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus
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  • 19.
    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Wit, Warsaw
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 573061 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Thomas E. Bauer,  Christiane Libor
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra,  Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus
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  • 20.
    Moniuszko: Overtures / Wit, Warsaw
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572716 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stanislaw Moniuszko
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Antoni Wit Conducts Henryk Gorecki
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503268 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
    Performer:  Zofia Kilanowisz,  Andrzej Dobber,  Anna Górecka,  Carol Wincenc
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
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  • 22.
    Penderecki: Works / Wit [Vinyl]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: NAC-LP002-03 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Performer:  Olga Pasichnyk,  Rafal Bartminsky,  Tomasz Konieczny
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice,  Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus,  Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Arias / Andrzej Dobber, Antoni Wit, Warsaw Philharmonic
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 959 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Alexander Borodin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Andrzej Dobber
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Lutoslawski: Symphonies, Concertos, Choral & Vocal Works
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501066 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Olga Pasichnyk,  Peter Paleczny,  Bernd Glemser,  Piotr Kusiewicz  ... 
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit,  Witold Lutoslawski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice,  Camerata Silesia Singers  ... 
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  • 25.
    Dvorak: Complete Published Orchestral Works
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501702 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Ilya Kaler,  Alexander Trostiansky,  Maria Kliegel  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Antoni Wit,  Camilla Kolchinsky,  Dmitry Yablonsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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