Stanisław Skrowaczewski 1923–2017

Skrowaczewski

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of conductor Stanisław Skrowaczewski, who passed away on Tuesday 21 February 2017, at the age of 93.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra was lucky to enjoy a fruitful musical relationship with Stanisław Skrowaczewski, including the performance of Bruckner Symphony No. 5 in October 2015 which made him the oldest conductor ever to perform at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.

Tim Walker, CEO has said:

‘The London Philharmonic Orchestra had the privilege of some extraordinary performances with Stanisław Skrowaczewski at Royal Festival Hall over the last few years‎ and to have been able to release on our own label Bruckner Symphonies Nos. 3, 5 and 7 derived from live recordings of these concerts. He was more than admired and respected by the players: he was in the true sense of the word, revered. Admiration for his sheer stamina and love of music and making music. Respect for a lifetime of incredible knowledge and experience which brought to every performance a real understanding of the repertoire. Reverence, because every concert was an ‘event’, the concert you don't forget.

He will live long in our memories and we have the shared joy of music making with him, held for us and for everyone on the Bruckner recordings, to sustain our love and appreciation of him.’

Read more about Stanisław Skrowaczewski on Intermusica’s website.

Please note that our scheduled performance of Bruckner Symphony No. 8 under Skrowaczewski on Saturday 4 November 2017 has been updated. We are grateful to Lawrence Renes for stepping in to conduct Bruckner's Symphony No. 8.

We are dedicating our performance of Krzysztof Penderecki's St Luke Passion on Saturday 4 March 2017 to the memory of Stanisław Skrowaczewski.