Composers / Witold Lutosławski / Places catalog


In May 1947, an eighteen-strong delegation of Polish musicians, with Witold Lutosławski among them, travelled to the Danish capital for the annual World Music Days organised by the International Society for Contemporary Music. Lutosławski had to content himself with the role of a listener, because his Symphonic Variations, put forward for selection by his colleagues in Warsaw, had failed to make it onto the festival programme.

Danish music lovers were able to listen to Lutosławski’s works from 1960, when they began appearing on radio and concert programmes. But it was the Danish Radio Orchestra (Danmarks Radios Symfoniorkester) that Lutosławski had to thank for his first phonographic award. In 1963, the DRO’s recording of his Concerto for Orchestra was sent to a competition organised by the Society for the Friends of Music in Vienna, where it won first prize.

The year 1966 proved to be something of a watershed in Lutosławski’s Danish contacts. In February that year, the composer first conducted his works in Copenhagen. Together with Jan Krenz, who stood before the DRO, he led the chorus in Trois poèmes d’Henri Michaux. The opportunity was taken to invite Lutosławski to give a lecture on his music at the Copenhagen Conservatory. Also that year, the composer entrusted the management of his music in Western Europe to the publishing firm of Wilhelm Hansen.

A year later, he was awarded the Leonie Sonning Prize; six years earlier, Igor Stravinsky had become its first recipient. It was presented to Lutosławski in August, during the celebrations of the 800th anniversary of Copenhagen receiving municipal rights. That event was accompanied by intense promotion of the composer and his music in the Danish media. Several radio programmes on Lutosławski were broadcast, and the periodical Dansk Musik Tidsskrift devoted a whole issue to him.

Place Category
Aix-en-Provence Appearances
Aldeburgh Appearances
Amsterdam Appearances
Århus Education
Aspen Appearances
Austin Other
Baranów Sandomierski Other
Basel Other
Basztowa Street Performance spaces
Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts Other
BBC Orchestra and other ensembles Appearances
Belfast Other
Berea Performance spaces
Berlin Appearances
Białystok Education
Boston Appearances
Brisbane Other
Budapest Other
Calgary Education, Other
Cambridge Other
Celle Publishers / Bookshops
Chicago Appearances
Cincinnati Other
Cleveland Appearances
Cologne Other
Copenhagen Appearances
Cracow Philharmonic Performance spaces
Dartington Education
Donaueschingen Other
Dresden Other
Drozdowo Flats
Düsseldorf Appearances
Edinburgh Other
Evian Appearances
Filmography Radio / TV
Florence Appearances
Geneva Appearances
Glasgow Other
Graz Other
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Hagen Other, Performance spaces
Hamburg Other
Hanover (New Hampshire) Other
Helsinki Education
Herkulessaal Appearances, Performance spaces
Houston Other
Huddersfield Appearances
Indianapolis Other
Jagiellonian University Education
Katowice Other
Kazimierz nad Wisłą Other
Komorów Flats
Łagów Other
Lancaster Appearances
La Rochelle Appearances
Leeds Appearances
Leipzig Education, Performance spaces, Publishers / Bookshops
Lisbon Appearances
Liverpool Appearances
Łomża Education
London Sinfonietta Performance spaces
Los Angeles Appearances
Louisville (Kentucky) Other
Lublin Appearances
Lucerne Other
Madrid Appearances
Manchester Appearances
Mikołajki Other
Milan Appearances
Montreal Appearances
Moscow Appearances
Munich Philharmonic Appearances, Performance spaces
New York Appearances
Odense Education, Performance spaces
Olsztyn Education
Opio (near Grasse) Flats
Oslo Other
Paris Appearances
Pittsburgh Appearances
Poznań Other
Prague Appearances
PWM EDITION Publishers / Bookshops
Riga Performance spaces
Rome Other
Rotterdam Appearances
Royal Albert Hall Appearances, Performance spaces
Royal Philharmonic Society Appearances
Saint Paul (Minnesota) Other
Salzburg Other
San Francisco Appearances
Strasbourg Appearances
Stockholm Appearances
Sydney Appearances
Szczecin Other
Tanglewood Education, Other
Tokyo Appearances
Toronto Education
Toruń Education
Venice Performance spaces
Vienna Performance spaces
Villars-sur-Ollon Other
Warsaw Appearances, Flats, Other, Performance spaces
Washington Appearances
Wawel Appearances
Wehr near Rheinfelden Other
Wrocław Other, Performance spaces
Wzdów Other
Zagreb Performance spaces
Zegrze Other
Zurich Performance spaces