Famous Conductors from Poland

List of notable or famous conductors from Poland, with bios and photos, including the top conductors born in Poland and even some popular conductors who immigrated to Poland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Polish conductors then this list is the perfect resource for you. These conductors are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known conductor from Poland is included when available.

List ranges from Mieczysław Karłowicz to Andrzej Panufnik, plus much more.

This historic conductors from Poland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Polish conductors of note?" and "Who are the most famous conductors from Poland?" These prominent conductors of Poland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Polish conductors.

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  • Sir Andrzej Panufnik (24 September 1914 – 27 October 1991) was a Polish composer and conductor. He became established as one of the leading Polish composers, and as a conductor he was instrumental in the re-establishment of the Warsaw Philharmonic orchestra after World War II. After his increasing frustration with the extra-musical demands made on him by the country's regime, he defected to the United Kingdom in 1954, and took up British citizenship. In 1957, he became chief conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, a post he relinquished after two years to devote all his time to composition.
    • Age: Dec. at 77 (1914-1991)
    • Birthplace: Warsaw, Second Polish Republic
  • Antoni Wit (born February 7, 1944 in Kraków) is a Polish conductor. From 2002 to 2013 he had been music director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been collaborating also with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra from the 2010-2011 to the 2016-2017 season, and he played with them as the first guest conductor. In May 2013 he has been nominated Artistic Director of the Spanish Pamplona-based ensemble.Wit graduated from the Kraków's Academy of Music (then called Państwowa Wyższa Szkola Muzyczna) in 1967. He studied conducting under Henryk Czyż, and composition under Krzysztof Penderecki. He went on to study in Paris under Nadia Boulanger (1967–68). Wit has conducted the Berlin ...more
    • Age: 78
    • Birthplace: Kraków, Poland
  • Artur Rodziński (2 January 1892 – 27 November 1958) was a Polish conductor of opera and symphonic music. He is especially noted for his tenures as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic in the 1930s and 1940s.
    • Age: Dec. at 66 (1892-1958)
    • Birthplace: Split, Croatia, Croatia
  • Bohdan Wodiczko

    Bohdan Wodiczko (2 July 1911 in Warsaw – 12 May 1985 in Warsaw) was a Polish conductor and music teacher. Wodiczko first studied violin at the Warsaw Frederick Chopin Music School and then piano, French horn and theory at the Warsaw Conservatory from 1929. In 1932 he went to Prague for a further training under Jaroslav Křička (composition) and Metod Doležil (conducting) and to attend Václav Talich's special conducting course. Upon his return to Poland three years later, he continued composition studies under Piotr Rytel, he was conducting under Walerian Bierdiajew at the Warsaw Conservatory from 1936-9, and graduated with honours. During World War II Wodiczko earned money by playing in the ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1911-1985)
    • Birthplace: Warsaw, Second Polish Republic
  • Carl Schuricht
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    Carl Adolph Schuricht (German: [ˈʃuːʁɪçt]; 3 July 1880 – 7 January 1967) was a German conductor.
    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1880-1967)
    • Birthplace: Gdańsk, Poland
  • Emil Młynarski
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    Emil Szymon Młynarski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈɛmil ˈʂɨmɔn mwɨˈnarskʲi]) (18 July 1870 – 5 April 1935) was a Polish conductor, violinist, composer, and pedagogue.
    • Age: Dec. at 64 (1870-1935)
    • Birthplace: Kybartai, Lithuania