Jerzy Maksymiuk

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Jerzy Maksymiuk (born April 9, 1936, Grodno, Poland) is a Polish composer, pianist and orchestra conductor.

Maksymiuk studied violin, piano, conducting and composition at the Warsaw Conservatory. In 1964 he won first prize in the Paderewski Piano Composition. Conducting soon became his principal career. While working at the Warsaw Grand Theatre, he formed the Polish Chamber Orchestra, which made its British debut in 1977 and has subsequently toured all over the world. Between 1975 and 1977 Jerzy Maksymiuk also held the post of Principal Conductor of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 1993, he became principal conductor of the Krakow Philharmonic.

From 1983-1993, Maksymiuk was Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC SSO), with which he appeared each season at the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts in London. Together, they have made many overseas tours. He is now the BBC SSO's Conductor Laureate. In Britain, Maksymiuk has also conducted the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the BBC Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and The Philharmonia. In addition he has conducted many orchestras in Europe, the USA and Japan, Australia and Israel.

In April 1990 he was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters by Strathclyde University.

His recordings include the first uncut performance made in the West of Paderewski's massive Symphony in B minor "Polonia", which he has also performed in concert in Poland.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1983 Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2 / The Assault on Beautiful Gorky Shostakovich; English Chamber Orchestra, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Dmitri Alexeev, Philip Jones 2
1991 The Romantic Piano Concerto, Volume 1: Paderewski: Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 17 / Moszkowski: Piano Concerto in E major, op. 59 Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Moritz Moszkowski; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Piers Lane 1
1992 The Romantic Piano Concerto, Volume 2: Piano Concerto no. 2 in C minor / Piano Concerto no. 3 in E minor Nikolai Medtner; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Nikolai Demidenko 2
1992 The Romantic Piano Concerto, Volume 3: The Concertos for 2 Pianos Felix Mendelssohn; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Stephen Coombs, Ian Munro 1
1993 The Romantic Piano Concerto, Volume 4: Arensky: Piano Concerto in F minor, op. 2 / Fantasia on Russian Folksongs, op. 48 / Bortkiewicz: Piano Concerto no. 1, op. 16 Anton Arensky, Sergei Bortkiewicz; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Stephen Coombs 1
1994 Peer Gynt Suites / Lyric Pieces / Sigurd Jorsalfar / Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Jerzy Maksymiuk 2
1995 BBC Music, Volume 4, Number 3: Sibelius Symphony no. 2 / Walton Symphony no. 2 Sibelius, Walton; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Martyn Brabbins 1
1998 Symphony in B minor (Polonia) Ignacy Jan Paderewski; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Jerzy Maksymiuk 2
2007 Violin Concertos Vivaldi; Polish Chamber Orchestra, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Yehudi Menuhin 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2002 Peer Gynt / Holberg Suite / Sigurd Jorsalfar / Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Compilation Edvard Grieg; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Richard Studt 1
2005 Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Jazz Suite No 1 / Tahiti Trot (Tea for Two) Compilation Shostakovich; English Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Mariss Jansons, Dmitri Alexeev 1

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