Wojciech Czepiel

conductor & composer

Wojciech Czepiel (born in 1959 in Nowy Targ) – Polish conductor, violinist and composer.

He started to take violin lessons from his father at the age of five. In 1974, as a 15-year-old member of the AllAntico 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 he won the Fourth Prizeat Zdzisław Jahnke National Violin Competition. In 1977, he qualified to the semi-finals of the Henryk Wieniawski International Competition in Poznań.

He continued his violin studies with Kaja Danczowska at the Academy of Music in Kraków. At the same time he studied conducting with Krzysztof Missona and composition techniques with Bogusław Schaeffer. In 1984, Wojciech Czepiel graduated from the Academy of Music in Kraków and obtained diploma with distinction in conducting. He debuted as a conductor even earlier – in 1981 he conducted the Orchestra of Krakow Music Academy.

In 1982-84 he worked as anassistant conductor and a concert master 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, which he brought to a very high artistic level.

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

Recording is a very important part of Wojciech Czepiel’s artistic activity. He made numerous archive recordings for Polish Radioas well as CD albums for labels such as Europa Musica, Arts, Polmusic, Denon, Polskie Nagrania, Pro Musica Camerata, Dux i Deutsche Welle.

Wojciech Czepiel also appeared in many prominent festivals such as Midem in Cannes, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Palermo, Forum Bratislava, Carintischer Sommer in Villach, Beethoven fest in Bonn, Al Boustan Festival in Beirut, Warsaw Autumn, Cracow Music Festival, Tunis Festival and Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Festival.

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

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

Now Wojciech Czepiel cooperates with various orchestras and operas as a guest conductor and continues to work on his next compositions. Among his compositions, there is Sonata for one violin, cadences for Mozart’s 3rd violin concert, 24 duos for two violins, 3 mazurkas for piano, songs for voice with piano, Partita for 18 instruments – as well as works for orchestra: Sequenza I, Sequenza II, Noveletta, Studium Pieniny 2016.