Wojciech Czepiel


Wojciech Czepiel (born in 1959) is a prominent Polish conductor and composer.

He started to take violin lessons from his father at the age of five. Ten years later, as a member of the All Antico Orchestra from Kraków, he won the First Prize at the Herbert von Karajan Competition for Chamber Orchestras in Berlin, where he also had an opportunity to play under the Karajan's baton.

In 1976 as a student of prof. Antoni Cofalik won the Fourth Prize at Zdzisław Jahnke National Violin Competition. A year later he qualified to the semi-finals of the Henryk Wieniawski International Competition in Poznań. He continued his studies with Kaja Danczowska at the Academy of Music in Kraków. In 1979 he worked as a violinist in the Polish Chamber Orchestra and then studied conducting with Krzysztof Missona at the Kraków Academy (diploma with distinction in 1984).

He made his conducting debut in 1981 with the Chamber Orchestra of Krakow Music Academy. In 1982-84 he worked as an assistant conductor and a concertmaster of the Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1984-86 he was an artistic director and a principal conductor of the Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk. Between 1986 and 1990 he worked as a conductor of the Warsaw Chamber Opera. In 1990-1991, he was associated with the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź and 1991-1994 worked as a conductor and as a deputy artistic director of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Warsaw. In 1997-2006 he was a chief conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Kraków Music Academy.

Since January 2000 till June 2013, he was an artistic director and conductor of the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra in Beirut.

Wojciech Czepiel has made numerous archive recordings for Polish Radio, Deutsche Welle as well as various labels such as Arts, Dux, Denon, Polish Radio, Polskie Nagrania, and Pro Musica Camerata.

Wojciech Czepiel has conducted over 400 compositions. He appeared in many festivals: Midem in Cannes, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Palermo, Forum Bratislava, Carintischer Sommer in Villach, Beethovenfest in Bonn, Al Boustan Festival in Beirut, Warsaw Autumn, Cracow Music Festival, Tunis Festival and Abu Dhabi Music&Arts Festival.

As a composer he created music for solo instruments, chamber ensembles and for symphonic orchestra.

In 2012 he received from Polish Minister of Culture the medal "Gloria Artis" for his artistic achievements.

Now Wojciech Czepiel cooperates with various orchestras and operas as a guest conductor and continues his work as a composer.