With its name referring to one of the most precious monuments of Central Europe’s baroque architecture - the Aula Leopoldina at the Wroclaw University - the NFM Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1978.
Their artistic identity was shaped by several music personalities but the most influential was the violinist Karol Teutsch. He knew how to connect the best individual skills of orchestra’s musicians and created a tradition of artistic director with both, virtuoso-performer and conducting talents. After seven fruitful years under the direction of Ernst Kovacic, Hartmut Rohde has been elected to be the new artistic director and conductor of the Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra starting by next season 2014/15. Mr. Rohde holds a chair as Viola Professor at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and is a Honory Member of the Royal Academy of Music London. He is a founding member of the Mozart Piano Quartet one of the leading chamber music ensembles worldwide. The new director will continue the created artistic path of Mr. Kovacic and further more he will also implement his new repertoire’s and performance style of the various musical periods. Inviting Prof. Rohde is not only the orchestra’s appreciations for his many artistic achievements but also their belief into the ensemble‘s tradition of a deep and profound artistic work to explore the musical ideas. His assignment during the year when Wroclaw will rule as the European Capital of Culture (2016) will be very important in the history of the Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra. Concert tours are so far planned to Germany, Lebanon, Spain and Andorra.
The ensemble earned substantial critical and public acclaim after making its appearance at such venues as the Philharmonie and Schauspielhaus in Berlin and at festivals like: Flanders Festival and Europalia in Belgium, Muziekfestival West-Brabant in Holland, Bodensee-Festival and Weilburger Schlosskonzerte in Germany, Echternach Festival in Luxembourg, Du Périgord Noir in France, Estoril in Portugal and in Poland: Warsaw Autumn, Ludvig van Beethoven Easter Festival, Wratislavia Cantans, Musica Polonica and Musica Electronica Nova.
The orchestra recorded several albums, including Rossini Gala with Ewa Podleś (contralto) which received the Polish Phonographic Academy Award Fryderyk 1999. The album Ernst Krenek – Symphonic Elegy has been highly praised in the prestigious music magazines: Diapason, Fanfare and The Strad. The Leopoldinum is known for many premiere performances including works composed for the ensemble among others by Heitor Parra and Roxanna Panufnik.
The season 2015/16 will be publishes around autumn 2014 with all detailed programs and invited guest conductors as well as soloists.