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MINT CONDITION

Autographed original 3.5 x 4.75 original W Ł. Slawny reverse blind stamped photograph of the Polish conductor, orchestra organizer and composer. It has been dated June, 1960 on the verso.

Rowicki (1914-1989) was a violinist by training, he studied at the Krakow Conservatory. In 1932 he founded the Orchestra of the Industry and Handwork Youth Organization, making his conducting debut the same year. He graduated in 1938 and began to give violin lessons there. Whilst teaching violin at the Conservatory he began to study conducting with the Polish conductor Zdzisław Jachmecki who became his mentor for the rest of his life. His brother was a member of the Polish Resistance and was executed by the Nazis during the occupation. After the War he worked for Polish Radio and was asked to form an orchestra, which resulted in the Orchestra of Polish Radio Katowice. He also conducted the Great Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio which was led by another of his mentors, Grzegorz Fitelberg until 1950. In 1950 was appointed Music Director of the Warsaw National Philharmonic which had fallen on hard times during and after the War. The conductor held that position from 1950-1955 and took a three year hiatus and then took the position back over in 1958 and held it until 1977. Rowicki was also Music Director of the Warsaw Opera in the early 1960s. He toured the Warsaw Philharmonic all over the World, Europe, Far East and in America. As a guest conductor, he was in demand with many of the great orchestras and opera houses including, The La Scala Orchestra, The London Symphony Orchestra, The Munich Philharmonic, The Orchestre de Paris, The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He kept busy after retirement in 1977 where he was the frequent guest conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. He was scheduled to conduct the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra the week he passed away.

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WITOLD ROWICKI - CONDUCTOR

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