Composers / Witold Lutosławski / Places catalog


The longest journey that Witold Lutosławski ever made – more than 15,500 kilometres from Warsaw – was to Sydney. He had first planned such a journey in 1980, but had to cancel it for health reasons. So he first appeared in front of an Australian audience on a television screen, when on the morning of Sunday 4 August 1982 the English film Keeping the Spirit Alive, about Lutosławski and his music, was broadcast. He only travelled to Australia in person in the summer of 1987, as a guest of the concert series ‘20th-Century Orchestra’ organised by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He also appeared in Melbourne and in Brisbane, invited there by theQueensland Conservatorium.

On the programme of the concert in Sydney, after Musique funèbre, which was already familiar to Australian music lovers, the local, or rather continental, premieres of Chain II and the Third Symphony were given. ‘It was a significant concert in my career – recalls Dene Olding, who performed the solo part in Chain II. – First of all it was a chance to work with one of the truly great masters – a legend in his own time. I was also impressed by his humility and impeccable manners and how precise he was in his music-making. He was a real citizen of the world. Secondly, it was an important concert for me as the powers that be in Australian musical life had entrusted me to play the premiere performance in Australia of Chain II with a major international figure and it signified my arrival as a concert violinist in their eyes and opened up many opportunities for me from that moment on. And he adds: ‘most of all I remember the electric atmosphere in the Sydney Town Hall that night’.

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