2020/21 marks Andrey Boreyko’s second season as Music and Artistic Director of Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to their regular collaborations at home, last season Andrey Boreyko and the orchestra performed at the Chopin and his Europe Festival, the Beethoven Easter Festival, and across Japan. Their planned engagements this season include the Warsaw Autumn Festival, Beethoven Festival, and a return to the Easter Festival. Now in his seventh season as Music Director of Artis—Naples, Andrey Boreyko’s inspiring leadership has raised the artistic standard and brought a new intensity to the Naples Philharmonic. The driving force behind the continued creative growth of this multidisciplinary organization, Boreyko continues to explore connections between art forms through interdisciplinary thematic programming. Significant projects during his tenure have included 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 exhibition featuring small, but personal works by artists such as Picasso and Calder that were created as special gifts for the renowned collector Olga Hirshhorn.
A popular guest conductor with major orchestras across the globe, Andrey Boreyko’s planned guest engagements this season include Atlanta Symphony, Seattle Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, Prague Symphony, as well as performances in Australia with the Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney Symphony orchestras. Last season, his highlights included a substantial tour of Europe with The State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia (including Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt and Munich), engagements with NAC Ottawa, Seoul Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, and the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchester. Over the past few seasons Andrey Boreyko has toured to the Ljubljana, Rheingau, Gstaad, and Grafenegg festivals with the Filarmonica della Scalla. Other orchestras he has worked with include the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonica Nazionale RAI, Sinfonia Varsovia (with whom he appeared in the Budapest Palace of Arts’ Bridging Europe Festival with Piotr Anderszewski), Toronto Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Frankfurt Museumsgesellschaft, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Berliner Philharmoniker, Gothenburg Symphony, Bamberger Symphoniker, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Münchner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Wiener Symphoniker, Filharmonica della Scala, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Royal Concertgebouw, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, London Symphony, Philharmonia, and Rotterdam Philharmonic. In North America, he has conducted Seattle, Minnesota, San Francisco, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas, and Detroit Symphony orchestras, as well as the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Festival in 2019.
A passionate advocate for rarely performed and undeservedly forgotten works, Boreyko championed compositions by Victoria Borisova-Ollas in an extensive concert and recording project with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 2017. As part of the Prague Spring Festival 2018, Boreyko conducted the Prague Symphony Orchestra in Jan Novak’s Dido and later that year returned to conduct Zdeněk Fibich’s rarely performed Vodnik. He returned to Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin in February 2018 with a performance of Valentin Silvestrov’s Requiem for Larissa. Notable amongst Boreyko’s discography with the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR (of whom he was Principal Guest Conductor), are 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, both 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 work in concert with them, subsequently performing the American premiere with Los Angeles Philharmonic. Of his (recently released) live recording with Poznan Philharmonic from 1995, Ivan Moody in the August 2018 Gramophone magazine writes “Boreyko is masterly in sustaining the tension throughout the movement, right to the almost motionless final chords. Boreyko knows exactly what he is doing – again, the tension never flags and the pacing is exactly right – and Iżykowska is simply superb, perfectly at one with the orchestra. If you have not already guessed, I was in tears almost throughout the disc. Even if you have every other recording of this work in the catalogue, you should still buy this one.
It is a masterly performance of a masterpiece”. From 2012 Andrey Boreyko was Music Director of the Orchestre National de Belgique, a post he held with great commitment for five years, expanding the Orchestra’s activities nationally and internationally, including an annual performance in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. His first position in Europe was as Chief Conductor of Poznan Philharmonic.
He has also held the positions of Chief Conductor of the Jenaer Philharmonie (of whom he is now Honorary Conductor and with whom he received awards for the most innovative concert programming in three consecutive seasons from the Deutscher Musikverleger-Verband), Hamburger Symphoniker, Winnipeg Symphony, Berner Sinfonieorchester, and Music Director of the Düsseldorf Symphoniker.