start a story about the world of sound in National Forum of Music in Wroclaw

Culture & Sound
The National Forum of Music is institution of culture which operates the state-of-the-art multifunctional concert venue of the same name located in the historic centre of Wrocław. This performing arts organization was established on 22 May 2014 through merging the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans and the Wrocław Philharmonic. Andrzej Kosendiak, director of the NFM, has been one of the proponents and authors the new performing arts organization and the new venue. 
Heart of the city
The new history of NFM started in 2015. Huge, exceptional building became a musical showcase of Wroclaw - European Capital of Culture 2016. 

The NFM building was designed by Kuryłowicz & Associates Architecture Studio, selected through an international architectural contest. The architect was inspired by a musical instrument – its shape and the façade covering imitating timber resemble the body of a string instrument.

Black & white
The foyer, covered with black and white Corian, brings to mind the piano keyboard. 
In the early stages
The first Polish orchestra in Wrocław after World War II was established just after the downfall of the Festung Breslau by musicians coming to settle down in Wrocław from various parts of Poland. In the ruined city, the artists established themselves as an ensemble under the direction of Stefan Syryłło. 

The International Festival Wratislavia Cantans in one of the most important European events in the field of classical music. It was founded 48 years ago by Andrzej Markowski.

In the 1946/1947 season Stanisław Skrowaczewski was appointed associate conductor of the Philharmonic. When in 1949 Wrocław Opera became a state institution, the orchestra became an opera-only ensemble and from 1949-1953 a philharmonic orchestra was sadly missing from Wrocław’s cultural life.

Musica Polonica Nova
The longest running music festival devoted to polish contemporary music after the Warsaw Autumn. The festival was founded by three members of the Polish Composers’ Union (ZKP): Radomir Reszke, Tadeusz Natanson, and Ryszard Bukowski. The festival has been organized by the Wrocław branch of the union.
Wratislavia Cantans
 Wratislavia Cantans is a feast of music, in which the main part is played by the human voice. The Festival presents the human voice in different forms and genres, and in various performance makeups – from vocal recitals, through consort performances, down to choral and oratorio music involving dozens of singers.  The festival is intended to present works in all musical styles, created in various music centres in all epochs of history. Wratislavia Cantans is a synonym of the highest quality in respect of performance and governance.

Concerts featuring world-famous stars of classical music every year attract thousands of music lovers to the beautiful historical interiors of Wrocław and Lower Silesia.

The National Forum of Music organizes the activities of 11 instrumental and vocal ensembles. Institution has created new and vast opportunities for Wrocław cultural life, giving rise to attractive festivals. At present the NFM coordinates 9 international festivals!

New venue
Located at the heart of Wrocław, the NFM building is now part of the historic centre. It is situated in today’s Plac Wolności, previously known as the Royal Forum where in the 19th century a Forum of Arts was envisaged but never went beyond the planning stage as a place for state ceremonies.
Director of the National Forum of Music, artist, conductor and pedagogue, Andrzej Kosendiak has earned an enviable reputation as one of the most active and committed musicians and organizers of music life in Poland. He graduated from the Department of Composition, Conducting and Music Theory of Wrocław Music Academy. In 2013 he obtained the academic degree of doctor habilitatus. In 2005 he became Director of the Wrocław Philharmonic and the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans.

The Main Hall seats 1800 people and includes the parterre, amphitheatre, choir and three balconies. All the NFM halls are acoustically insolated through multiple massive walls, structural breaks, and base building isolation systems. The Main Hall can be thought of a structurally independent building within the NFM buidling, isolated from the rest of the buidling and from sources of noise and vibration from external sources.

Each of the three chamber halls has a unique character. All three halls have been designed as flat floor, flexible spaces and have been equipped with seats that can be rearranged to enable different spatial arrangements.

The Red Hall, The Black Hall & The Chamber Hall are the heart of intimate, chamber music concerts. Jazz, experiments, recording and true passion.

Jazztopad
Jazztopad Festival in Wrocław has rapidly become one of the most significant events in the jazz calendar of Poland and Central Europe. The trademark of the festival, organized by NFM, are the world premieres – projects and compositions written to special order of the organizers by most prominent artists of contemporary improvised music. During Jazztopad jazz spreads all over the city: from concert halls, through cinemas to private homes.
Best of the best in 2015/16
New stars, jazz, classical music and educational projects - it was very important and intense year in NFM.  
NFM Wrocław Philharmonic
Today the orchestra performs over 50 projects per season of subscription concerts, education projects, recordings, radio broadcasts, and outdoor concerts. Jacek Kaspszyk was Music Director from 2005–2012. In 2013, the American conductor Benjamin Shwartz became the orchestra’s new Music Director. The orchestra has worked with all of Poland’s great 20th century composers including Krzysztof Penderecki, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, and Witold Lutosławski. Promoting Polish music is a special focus of the orchestra. While touring Europe and the United States, the orchestra presented works by Szymanowski, Lutosławski, Górecki, and Penderecki.
NFM Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra
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. Artistic identity of the ensemble was shaped by several music personalities but the most influential was 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 violinist Ernst Kovacic orchestra is now artistically leaded by viola soloist Hartmut Rohde, profesor at the Universität der Künste in Berlin who also teaches at the Royal Academy of Music London.
NFM Choir
The NFM Choir was founded in 2006 by Andrzej Kosendiak and since its inception functions under the directorship of Agnieszka Frankow-Żelazny. In a short space of time it has established itself as one of Poland’s leading choral ensembles, thanks to its rich and varied repertoire, which includes works from the Renaissance to the contemporary, and a cappella to vocal-instrumental in the form of oratorio, opera, and the symphony
Lutosławski Quartet
The Lutosławski Quartet performs contemporary music as well as recently commissioned pieces, and focuses on popularizing Polish music, including works by Lutosławski, Bacewicz, Szymanowski, and also compositions by one of the group members – Marcin Markowicz. An ensemble made up of versatile and open-minded artists, they blend the contemporary repertoire with the gems of classical, Romantic and jazz music.
The Educational Centre
The National Forum of Music Education Centre is a new initiative designed with the youngest children in mind. We organize classes for expectant mothers, infants, kindergarten children and young schoolchildren. The Education Centre was born from love of music and from our deep conviction that everyone needs music. This is the most beautiful and most universal art form. Music teaches, moves our emotions, develops, relaxes, cures  and provides extraordinary experiences. 
Wroclaw Philharmonic Dwarves
Small figurines that first appeared in the streets of Wrocław, Poland, in 2001. Since then, their numbers have been continually growing, and today they are considered a tourist attraction. In 2001, to commemorate the Orange Alternative (anti-communist movement), a figurine of a dwarf (the movement’s symbol) was officially placed on Świdnicka Street, where the group’s happenings used to take place. Now in front of the NFM we can find a whole orchestra! 
Growing
During Tauron Musica Electronica Nova (MEN) a space in front of NFM began to grow. In an unusual edition entitled Growing inscribes itself into the motto of Wrocław European Capital of Culture 2016 – Spaces for Beauty. The programme is themed around the idea of breeding and coming into existence, so unequivocally communicated in the installation of Jean-Luc Hervé, changing a part of the concrete square in front of the NFM into verdure growing with music. 
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Witold Lutosławski
National Forum of Music 2016

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Łukasz Rajchert
Bogusław Beszłej
Sławek Przerwa

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