M A R E K   K U D L I C K I - Conductor

    Press quotes
    Some repertoire/programme suggestions
     Especially recommended seldom performed works
    Some repertoire proposals from Polish orchestral literature
    Some repertoire proposals for string orchestra
    (music examples for viewing and listening)






     Born in Tomaszów Lubelski, Poland, Marek Kudlicki began his musical education at the age of five. He then went on to study organ and conducting at the Music Lyceum in Lublin. Continuing his development at the Music Academy in Cracow, he completed his master’s degree with honours after which he went to Austria for post-graduate studies at the Academy of Music in Vienna.

     Mr. Kudlicki has travelled the world as a concert organist with performances in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, the Far East and Europe (34 concert tours to the U.S. alone). Parallel to his organ concerts he has kept up a steady schedule of conducting engagements with symphony and chamber orchestras and has conducted performances for international radio, television and recording companies.

     Resident in Vienna for the past 30 years, Mr. Kudlicki has established himself as a truly international and versatile artist. His repertoire ranges from standard orchestral works to lighter programs of Strauss, Lehar, Stolz, etc. as well as promoting music from his native country, such as Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s Third Symphony.

     For three seasons he toured Germany as conductor for well-known operettas – “Im weissen Roessel” (The White Horse Inn) by Ralph Benatzky and Robert Stolz, “Csardas-Fürstin” (The Csardas Princess) by Emerich Kalman and the comic opera “Zigeunerbaron” (The Gipsy Baron) by Johann Strauss. No stranger to opera, our artist has collaborated with renowned singers for more than two decades. His CD is a compilation of 17 tenor arias from celebrated operas.

     Marek Kudlicki established the chamber orchestra “Camerata Polonia” consisting exclusively of Polish musicians living in Austria. This is the only Polish orchestra abroad. Its members are, for the most part, young musicians who have not only proven themselves on their own account as soloists with successes in international competitions, but also as members of other chamber ensembles and orchestras, and as support musicians for well-known orchestras, such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Radio Symphony Orchestra. “Camerata Polonia” made its first appearance under Marek Kudlicki’s direction in a gala concert on October 2, 2010 for the opening of the “Polish Days in Austria.” This performance was followed by further concerts www.cameratapolonia.at




Press quotes



     In this Symphony (Third Symphony by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki) the sound reminded me irresitibly of a large organ. It was certainly intensified by the faultless playing of the musicians, the characteristic acoustics of the church, as well as through the person of the splendid conductor Marek Kudlicki. The evening concert was beautiful and a success.

Dziennik Częstochowski, Częstochowa, Poland



     The piece (Symphony in D major by Michael Haydn) was played with enormous gracefulness and precision. The audiences attached considerable expectations to the performance of “Three Pieces” by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.
     Marek Kudlicki, together with the orchestra, mastered the thick composition magnificently – all performed clearly and dynamically.

Życie Górnośląskie, Bytom, Poland



     Marek Kudlicki, who led the “Concert of the Austrian Embassy”, moved the listeners to astonishment. He mobilized the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra into a rousing performance. Kudlicki – an excellent organist and conductor – proved that he has deep feelings for the symphonies of Zemlinsky and Bruckner. He understands how to interpret those works and to deliver them in a manner which captivates the audiences.

Gazeta Wyborcza, Katowice, Poland



     To close, the Symphony No. 1 in e minor, Op. 1 by N. Rimsky-Korsakov was heard. Marek Kudlicki conducted the work from memory. As an organist used to the rich harmonic sounds of this instrument, he mastered the sumptious score and the melodic humour of the symphony with bravado. The entrances of the individual instruments were thoroughly recognizable.

Kurier Lubelski, Lublin, Poland


     … A further bright moment should not be ignored: the marvellous performance of the small orchestra (conductor: Marek Kudlicki), which, from the first note onwards, played with humour and a secure feeling for nuances. (Operetta “The White Horse Inn”)

Neue Westfalische Ausgabe, Germany


     … One definitely has to mention the performance of the excellent orchestra under the direction of Marek Kudlicki, which managed to play precisely and beautifully, supporting the singers impressively in spite of the unfavourable division of the room-space allotted for the work (Operetta “The White Horse Inn”)

Marburger Neue Zeitung, Germany


     … The orchestra was well disposed and very well conducted by Marek Kudlicki who understood perfectly how to bring the wonderful colours and exciting rhythms and dynamics contained within the score to life. (Operetta “The Csardas Princess”)

Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, Germany



Some repertoire/programme suggestions
Especially recommended seldom performed works


Michael Haydn (1737-1806)
Johann Georg Albrechtsberger (1736-1809)
Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)
Louis Spohr (1784-1859)
Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Edouard Lalo (1823-1892)
Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)
Nicolai Rimski-Korsakov (1844-1908)
Johan Svendsen (1840-1911)
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Hubert Parry (1848-1919)
Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)
Max Bruch (1838-1920)
Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)
Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov (1859-1935)
Alexander Glazounov (1865-1936)
Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942)
Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (born 1933)
Johann Strauss (1825-1899)
Operettas by Strauss, Lehar,
Kalman, Stolz etc.
 - Serenata
 - Sinfonia Concertino in D
 - Symphony No. 1 in C major
 - Symphony No. 2 in C major (Op. post.)
 - Symphony No. 9 in B minor Op. 143
          (The Seasons)
 - Symphony in C major
 - Symphony No. 2 in B minor
 - Symphony in C major
 - Rhapsody Norvegienne
 - Symphony in G minor
 - Symphony No. 1 in D major
 - One if his 10 symphonies
 - Overture in G minor
 - Four Small Orchestra Pieces
 - Symphony in B flat major Op. 20
 - Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 1
 - Symphony No. 2 in F sharp minor
 - Symphony No. 1 in D major Op. 4
 - Norwegian Rhapsody No. 3
 - Symphony No. 6 in A minor (Tragic)
 - Symphony No. 3 in C major
          (The English)
 - Suite Algerienne Op. 60
 - Symphony No. 1 in E flat major Op. 2
 - Symphony No. 2 in A minor Op. 55
 - Symphony No. 3 in E major Op. 51
 - Suite “Peleas and Melisande” Op. 80
 - Symphony No. 2 in E flat major Op. 63
 - Caucasian Sketches Op. 10
 - Symphony No. 5 in B flat major Op. 55
 - Symphony No. 6 in C minor Op. 58
 - Symphony No. 2 in B flat major (1897)
 - Third Symphony (Symphony of Sorrow-
          ful Songs for soprano and orchestra
          Op. 36)
 - Three Pieces in Old Style
 - Waltzes, polkas, marches etc.


Some repertoire proposals from Polish orchestral literature


Polish classic symphonies from the second half of the 18th century by J. Wański,
J. Gołąbek, J. Elsner, B. Bohdanowicz, P. Pawłowski, J. Engel, K. Pietrowski
Franciszek Mirecki (1791-1862)
Karol Kurpiński (1785-1857)
Stanisław Moniuszko (1819-1872)
Zygmunt Noskowski (1846-1909)
Mieczysław Karłowicz (1876-1909)
Władysław Żeleński (1837-1921)
Ludomir Różycki (1884-1953)
Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)
Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969)
Tadeusz Baird (1928-1988)
Witold Lutosławski (1913-1994)
Wojciech Kilar (born 1932)
Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (born 1933)
 - Symphony
 - Overture „Jadwiga, the Queen of         

 - Overture “Kalmora”
 - Bajka (A Winter Story)
 - Symphonic Poem “Steppe” op.66
 - Serenade for String Orchestra op. 2
 - Symphonic Poem “Lithuanian
          Rhapsody” op. 11
 - Symphonic Poem “Eternal Songs”
          I. Song of Everlasting Longing
          II. Song of Love and Death
          III. Song of Eternal Being
 - Characteristic Overture “In the Tatra
          Mountains” (1870)
 - Symphonic Poem “Anhelli” (1909)
 - Concert Overture in E major
 - Concerto for String Orchestra (1948)
 - Sinfonietta (1949)
 - Suite in Old Style „Colas Breugnon“
          (string orchestra and flute)
 - Concerto for Orchestra (1954)
 - Funeral Music for String Orchestra
 - Symphonic Poem „Krzesany”
 - Third Symphony (Symphony of Sorrow-
          ful Songs for soprano and orchestra
          Op. 36)
 - Three Pieces in Old Style


Some repertoire proposals for string orchestra


Baroque and classic works by G. F. Haendel, A. Corelli, T. Albinoni, G. Tartini, J. F. Fasch, G. Ch. Wagenseil, M. Haydn, L. Mozart, W. A. Mozart, and others
Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Antoni Stepanovich Arensky (1861-1906)
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Carl Reinecke (1824-1910)
Mieczysław Karłowicz (1876-1909)
Johan Svendsen (1840-1911)
Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)
Asger Hamerik (1843-1923)
Enrico Bossi (1861-1925)
Robert Fuchs (1847-1927)
Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Joseph Suk (1874-1935)
Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)
Sergiej Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Oscar Straus (1870-1954)
Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969)
Witold Lutosławski (1913-1994)
 - Elegy in G minor
 - Serenade Op. 48
 - Three Pieces for Strings
 - Serenade in E major Op. 22
 - Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky
          Op. 35
 - Holberg Suite Op. 40
 - Serenade in G minor Op. 242
 - Serenade for Strings Op. 2 (1897)
 - Two Swedish Folk Melodies
 - Prelude Op. 45
 - Symphony No. 6 (Symphonie
          spirituelle in G major for strings)
 - Intermezzi Goldoniani Op. 127
 - Serenade No. 3 in E minor Op. 21
 - Serenade in E minor Op. 20
 - Serenade in E flat major Op. 6
 - Antiche Danze ed Arie per Liuto
 - Romance and Scherzo
 - Serenade for Strings
 - Concerto for String Orchestra (1948)
 - Funeral Music for String Orchestra