NOSPR concert hall
Olivier Messiaen


Alexander Liebreich
Matan Porat
Valérie Hartmann-Claverie
ondes Martenot
ondes Martenot
Alexander Liebreich

Alexander LiebreichAlexander Liebreich is currently Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR), starting in September 2012. In 2014 he inaugurated the new “NOSPR” concert hall in Katowice, the orchestra’s home, with a performance including the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 with Krystian Zimerman. The collaboration with the orchestra and the label Accentus Music features recordings of pieces by Lutosławski alongside other great Polish works. Their third CD release was winner of the International Classical Music Awards 2017 “Best Collection” category, featuring works by Karol Szymanowski and Witold Lutosławski.

In May 2015 he became Artistic Director of the new festival “Katowice Kultura Natura”. Since then, outstanding orchestras, ensembles and soloists have been invited to the Festival including the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Leif Ove Ansdnes, András Schiff, Bejun Mehta, Stefano Bollani, Artemis Quartett and Quatuor Ebène.

In December 2017 Alexander Liebreich was appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Designate of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. He will take up the position in September 2018.

In 2018 he will take over as Artistic Director of the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen opening the first edition in June 2018 with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Next to that he became elected head of the Richard-Strauss-Society, following Wolfgang Sawallisch and Brigitte Fassbaender in this position.

He held the position of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Munich Chamber Orchestra from 2006 – 2016. Their first collaborative CD, featuring works by Joseph Haydn and Isang Yun, was released to great critical acclaim in January 2008. The recent release “Requiem“ by Tigran Mansurian, with RIAS Kammerchor on the label ECM Classics is nominated for the ICMA Award 2018 and for the Grammy Award 2018 in two categories.

As one of Germany’s foremost conductors, Alexander Liebreich’s extensive career takes him around the world. As guest conductor he has worked with many prestigious orchestras including the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Munich Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Dresden Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra and Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich. Recent and future engagements include debuts with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta de Valencia, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony, Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Essener Philharmoniker and Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

He regularly performs with distinguished soloists such as Lisa Batiashvili, Krystian Zimerman, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Gautier Capuçon, Leila Josefowicz, and Isabelle Faust.

Alongside his concerts and opera productions, Liebreich has established a reputation for producing innovative projects. In 2011 he became the first European Artistic Director of the Tongyeong International Music Festival in South Korea, one of the biggest and most important festivals in Asia. With the goal of encouraging intercultural encounters, he implemented the “east-west-residence-programme”, inviting guest artists like Heiner Goebbels, Unsuk Chin, Martin Grubinger, Toshio Hosokawa and Beat Furrer to South Korea.


In October 2016 the Bavarian Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, and Art announced that Alexander Liebreich is the recipient of the Bavarian Culture Prize Special Award.


Alexander Liebreich, was born in Regensburg and studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München and the Salzburg Mozarteum and gained much of his early artistic experience with both Michael Gielen and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He got significantly influenced by his mentor Claudio Abbado, who invited him to join and assist productions at Salzburger Osterfestspiele with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and in Bolzano with the Gustav-Mahler-Jugend Orchestra.



NOSPRfulfils the role of an ambassador of Polish culture on the international artistic scene. The ensemble has performed in Brussels (Europalia), Vienna (the opening of the Polish Year in Austria), Madrid (the gala concert of the Polish year in Spain), Rome (the celebration of the 70th anniversary of H.M. Górecki’s birthday), Kiev (the inauguration of the Polish Year in Ukraine), Paris (the gala concert of the New Poland Polish Year in France), and in London (the inauguration of the Polish year in Great Britain). The Orchestra has collaborated with some of the greatest composers of the second half of the 20th century: Witold Lutosławski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Krzysztof Penderecki, delivering the first performances of their works.

The NOSPR was founded in 1935 in Warsaw by Grzegorz Fitelberg who led it until the outbreak of World War II. In 1945, the orchestra was revived in Katowice by Witold Rowicki. In 1947, the post of the artistic director was taken again by Fitelberg. After his death in 1953, the orchestra was headed in succession by Jan Krenz, Bohdan Wodiczko, Kazimierz Kord, Tadeusz Strugała, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Stanisław Wisłocki, Jacek Kaspszyk, Antoni Wit, Gabriel Chmura and, once again, by Jacek Kaspszyk. In September 2000, Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa became the institution’s General and Programme Director. Since 2009, the post of the Associate Conductor has been entrusted to Michał Klauza. Stanisław Skrowaczewski is the first Guest Conductor of the NOSPR, Jan Krenz is a Honorary Conductor. On the 31st of August 2012, Alexander Liebreich became the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the NOSPR.

Apart from making archival recordings for the Polish Radio, the Orchestra has recorded more than 200 CD albums for many renowned record companies (including Decca, EMI, Philips, Chandos, and Naxos). The PNRSO was honoured with numerous awards for its phonographic achievements, including Diapason d’Orand Grand Prix du Disque de la Nouvelle Académie du Disque, the Cannes Classical Award, and the Midem Classical Award.

Many renowned conductors and soloists have performed with the NOSPR, including Martha Argerich, Boris Belkin, Leonard Bernstein, Rudolf Buchbinder, James Conlon, Placido Domingo, Pierre Fournier, Nicolai Gedda, Barbara Hendricks, Julius Katchen, Leonidas Kavakos, Wilhelm Kempff, Paweł Klecki, Kirill Kondrashin, Marguerite Long, Witold Lutosławski, Charles Mackerras, Mischa Maisky, Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Shlomo Mintz, Ivan Monighetti, Garrick Ohlsson, Kun Woo Paik, Krzysztof Penderecki, Maurizio Pollini, Hermann Prey, Ruggiero Ricci, Mstislav Rostropovich, Artur Rubinstein, Jerzy Semkow, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Leonard Slatkin, Isaac Stern, Henryk Szeryng, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Pieter Wispelwey, Krystian Zimerman, and Nicolai Znaider.

The Orchestra has performed in nearly all the European countries, in the Americas, as well as in Japan, Hong Kong, China, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Taiwan and in the Persian Gulf countries. In the recent years, the PNRSO has implemented some spectacular projects which have been very well received by audiences and reviewers alike (The Marathon of Górecki’s Works, The Liking to Kilar’s Music, Musical Voyage(two editions), The Górecki•Penderecki Festival – in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the artist’s birth). Since 2005, the NOSPR has been the organiser of the biennial event called The Festival of World PremieresPolish Modern Music.

On the 1st of October 2014, the NOSPR inaugurated the artistic season in its new seat. The author of the architectonic project is Konior Studio from Katowice and the concert hall acoustics have been designed by Nagata Acoustics.


Valérie Hartmann-Claverie studied piano, harp, ondes Martenot and chamber music before entering the Paris Conservatoire for advanced ondes Martenot studies with Jeanne Loriod.

In 1973 she gave her début in Vienna, and now performs throughout Europe with prestigious orchestras such as the London Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, BBC Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Hamburg Philharmonic, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Munich Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin among many others, with conductors including Seiji Ozawa, Kent Nagano, Kurt Masur, Marek Janowski, Hans Vonk, Lothar Zagrosek, Leif Segerstam, Reinbert de Leeuw, Hubert Soudant, Eliahu Inbal, Myung-Whun Chung, Zubin Mehta, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Edo de Waart, Daniel Harding, Sylvain Cambreling, Pascal Rophé, Bertrand de Billy, Hans Zender, Pierre Boulez, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Alan Gilbert, Ingo Metzmacher and Charles Dutoit.

She took part in the creation of Olivier Messiaen’s opera Saint François d’Assiseand is regularly invited to play this work worldwide.

Valérie Hartmann-Claverie was a member of the Loriod Sextet from its foundation in 1974 until 1995, and in 1996 she founded the quartet Ondes de Choc.

In addition to her successful solo career, she teaches the ondes Martenot at the Paris Conservatoire.