Gabriel ChmuraFormer Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, and the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, Germany, Gabriel Chmura then became the Music Director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. Since August 2012, he has been the artistic director of the Poznan Opera in Poland.
Born in Poland, Gabriel Chmura grew up in Israel, where he studied piano and composition at the Music Academy of Tel Aviv. He then studied conducting with Pierre Dervaux in Paris, Hans Swarowsky in Vienna and with Franco Ferrara in Siena, Italy.
In 1971 he was first prize winner at the Herbert von Karajan Competition in Berlin, as well as the Gold Medal at the Cantelli Competition of Milano’s La Scala. These victories led to extensive international engagements. Recently, Gabriel Chmura won 2012 Jan Kiepura Prize 2012 in the category of the best conductor.
Gabriel Chmura has recorded with the London Symphony for DGG, and with the Munich and the Berlin Radio Orchestras for CBS. Schubert’s Lazarus with the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, Hermann Prey and Edith Mathis on the Orfeo label received the Grand Prix de Disque Mondial de Montreux. His recording of Haydn’s Symphonies No 6, 7 and 8 with the National Arts Centre Orchestra for CBC was chosen as Best Choice by the American Record Guide and was nominated for the Canadian JUNO Award.
The recent recording of the Symphony No 1 by Mahler and the Sibelius Valse Triste, the principal work from the 2002 UK tour, has been very well received in Europe. After the huge success of the first 2 Weinberg CDs for Chandos (Symphony No 5 and Sinfonietta No 1, Symphony No 4, Sinfonietta No 2 and the Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes) the series has been followed by the release of the Symphonies No 14 & 16.