IBJNews

2012 Forty Under 40: Krzysztof Urbanski

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Krzysztof Urbanski
Where were you, and what were you doing in 1991?
I was 9 years old and in primary school in Pabianice, Poland. I didn’t know that such thing as classical music existed.

When you graduated from high school, what did you think you wanted to be as an adult?
A conductor. I knew that conducting was my passion and that I wanted to devote my professional life to this activity. Now I am happy that my work can bring me such diverse and precious emotions and feelings of fulfillment.

Was there an event in the last 20 years that had a great impact on your aspirations and/or career path?
Winning the Prague Spring Conducting Competition in 2007.

Where/what do you want to be 20 years from now?
I don’t have such long-term plans. Please ask me in 20 years.
 
 

Music director, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Age: 29

Much has been made of Krzysztof Urbanski being the youngest music director of any major North American orchestra. Urbanski thinks how one approaches the music—not age—is the most important factor in his work.

“When you can offer a lot from yourself, your age doesn’t really matter,” he said. “I am sure it isn’t an impediment in my collaboration with ISO. Understanding, feeling the music is only the matter of sensitivity and approach to art.”

Urbanski’s four-year term with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra began Sept. 1. He’s the seventh director in the orchestra’s 80-year history, and he also serves as chief conductor of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra in Norway.

Urbanski grew up in Poland and became interested in music when a friend showed him how to play piano.

“I was so impressed,” he said, “that I decided to sign up to music school and discover the world of music by myself.”

Some years later, he found himself conducting—by accident. “I asked youth orchestra to play my compositions, but there was no one to lead them,” he said. “I found conducting great fun and decided to learn how to do it professionally.”

Urbanski graduated from the Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw, Poland, in 2007. He was unanimous first-prize winner of the Prague Spring International Conducting Competition later that year.

He will conduct the ISO for six weeks during the 2011-2012 season and a minimum of 10 weeks the following season. The first three years of his appointment will run concurrent with his post in Trondheim.

Beyond music, Urbanski is interested in astronomy and fast cars—so he’s in the right city. His goal is to get to know the ISO better.

“I look forward to what our collaboration can bring,” he said, “and hope it will be very exciting for me and the orchestra as well as for the audience.”•


 

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. I am a Lyft driver who is a licensed CDL professional driver. ALL Lyft drivers take pride in providing quality service to the Indianapolis and surrounding areas, and we take the safety of our passengers and the public seriously.(passengers are required to put seat belts on when they get in our cars) We do go through background checks, driving records are checked as are the personal cars we drive, (these are OUR private cars we use) Unlike taxi cabs and their drivers Lyft (and yes Uber) provide passengers with a clean car inside and out, a friendly and courteous driver, and who is dressed appropriately and is groomed appropriately. I go so far as to offer mints, candy and/or small bottle of water to the my customers. It's a mutual respect between driver and passenger. With Best Regards

  2. to be the big fish in the little pond of IRL midwest racin' when yer up against Racin' Gardner

  3. In the first sentance "As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss are build quality & price." need a way to edit

  4. As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss is build quality & price. First none of these places is worth $1100 for a one bedroom. Downtown Carmel or Keystone at the Crossing in Indy. It doesn't matter. All require you to get in your car to get just about anywhere you need to go. I'm in one of the Carmel apartments now where after just 2.5 short years one of the kitchen cabinet doors is crooked and lawn and property maintenance seems to be lacking my old Indianapolis apartment which cost $300 less. This is one of the new star apartments. As they keep building throughout the area "deals" will start popping up creating shoppers. If your property is falling apart after year 3 what will it look like after year 5 or 10??? Why would one stay here if they could move to a new Broad Ripple in 2 to 3 years or another part of the Far Northside?? The complexes aren't going to let the "poor" move in without local permission so that's not that problem, but it the occupancy rate drops suddenly because the "Young" people moved back to Indy then look out.

  5. Why are you so concerned about Ace hardware? I don't understand why anyone goes there! Every time ive gone in the past, they don't have what I need and I end up going to the big box stores. I understand the service aspect and that they try to be helpful but if they are going to survive I think they might need to carry more specialty parts.

ADVERTISEMENT