Conductor Andrey Boreyko

2022/23 marks Andrey Boreyko’s fourth season as Music and Artistic Director of Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. They celebrated the orchestra’s 120th birthday last season, toured across the US, Spain, and Dubai, and performed at the annual Chopin & His Europe Festival and the International Chopin Piano Competition. Their upcoming plans together include a return to the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in 2023, further tours across Spain, China and Japan.

Now in his first season as Resident Conductor of Orchestra Sinfonica de Milano (formerly “La Verdi”), Boreyko conducted their season-opening concert at the Teatro alla Scala in a programme that featuring Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, Wagner’s Prelude from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Two Pianos in Major with Luca and Arthur Jussen. He returns later this season for further subscription concerts, including monumental works such as Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony No. 7, Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex, and a performance at the Kissinger Sommer Festival.

In high demand as a guest conductor, this season’s highlights include Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (world premiere of Silvestrov’s Symphony 8), Prague Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonisches Staastorchester Hamburg, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Aarhus Symphony at the Rachmaninov Festival, Janáček Philharmonic. Plans further ahead include Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Spanish Radio Symphony (RTVE), and the ORF Vienna.

Last season Andrey Boreyko concluded his eighth and final season as Music Director of Artis—Naples. His inspiring leadership raised the artistic standard of the Naples Philharmonic and, throughout the course of his tenure, he explored connections between art forms through interdisciplinary thematic programming. Significant projects he led include pairing Ballet Russes-inspired contemporary visual artworks of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave with performances of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and The Firebird, and commissioning a series of compact pieces by composers including Giya Kancheli to pair with an art exhibition featuring small yet personal works by artists such as Picasso and Calder that were created as special gifts for the renowned collector Olga Hirshhorn.

Previous highlights include tours with Filarmonica della Scalla (to Ljubljana, Rheingau, Gstaad, and Grafenegg festivals), The State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia (to Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt and Munich), and performances with Cleveland Orchestra (most recently returned in 2019), Seoul Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Sinfonica Nazionale RAI, Sinfonia Varsovia (with whom he appeared in the Budapest Palace of Arts’ Bridging Europe Festival with Piotr Anderszewski), Salzburg Mozarteum Orchester, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Frankfurt Museumsgesellschaft, Sydney, Toronto, Seattle, Minnesota, San Francisco, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, and Houston Symphony.

An advocate for modern and lesser-known works, Boreyko championed compositions by Victoria Borisova-Ollas in an extensive concert and recording project with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 2017. With the Warsaw Philharmonic, Boreyko has recorded several albums including André Tchaikowsky’s Violin Concerto, Giya Kancheli’s Libera me. Their fourth album together features Pendercki’s Piano Concerto and Symphony 2, and releases in autumn 2022. During his tenure as Principal Guest Conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, he recorded Arvo Pärt’s Lamentate and Valentin Silvestrov’s Symphony No. 6 (both for ECM records), the premiere recording of his original version of the Suite from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and Shostakovich symphonies No. 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 15, all five albums on Hänssler Classics. He has also recorded Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, and Lutosławski’s Chain 2 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Yarling Records. Nonesuch released a recording of the Górecki’s Symphony No. 4 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, shortly after Andrey Boreyko conducted the world premiere in concert with them, subsequently performing the American premiere with Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Previous appointments include Music Director positions of the Jenaer Philharmonie, Hamburger Symphoniker, Berner Sinfonieorchester, Düsseldorf Symphoniker, Winnipeg Symphony, and of the Orchestre National de Belgique. As young musicians, Boreyko explored the music of the medieval and renaissance eras, and was an active member of the Soviet Union’s first two early music ensemble, Res Facta and Baroque Consort. As a student at St Petersburg Conservatory, he founded one of the USSR’s first rock group with a focus on progressive rock. Off the podium, Andrey Boreyko revels in the beauties of literature, cinema, and nature.