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It was in southern Poland, in the Lower Silesian city of WaBbrzych, that the Wałbrzych Philharmonic was founded in 1978, a simple symphony orchestra at the outset. For various reasons, this ensemble, which would become a great Polish institution, saw its name changed twice: in 1979, it became State Philharmonic then, in 1988, Filharmonia Sudecka (Sudetenland Philharmonic). Currently, the philharmonic is developing its activity in four of the principal Silesian provinces: Jelenia Góra, Lenica, Wrocław and, of course, Wałbrzych. Various types of concerts are organised there, in more than eighty towns, from provincial capitals to tiny villages: the orchestra itself, its soloists and different instrumental groups have presented, in the most diversified formulas, up to 1,200 concerts in a single season. Symphonic concerts, chamber music and recitals by leading international soloists make the orchestra the region’s only large professional artistic institution, able always to popularise Polish culture beyond its borders; at the same time, for the city of Wałbrzych, it remains a highly prestigious visiting card. Thus, under the baton of its great conductor, Josef Wilkomirski, the philharmonic has performed throughout Europe and at leading festivals. With the French conductor Dominique Fanal, a regular guest, it has recorded several CDs, including symphonies by Pierre Wissmer, a panorama of the work of Thérèse Brenet, various concertos for guitar quartet by Franz Constant, Georges Delerue and Federico Moreno Torroba, with the Versailles Guitar Quartet, among other releases.

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