French Connections

10 July 2022

French Connections – the online premiere of Michał Spisak’s Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra

16 September, 7:00 pm, online event (YouTube)

The premiere edition of the audiovisual studio production of Michał Spisak’s Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra, interpreted by Sophie Dervaux and accompanied by the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, conducted by Jurek Dybał, performed at the headquarters of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

Sophie Dervaux, the first bassoonist of the Vienna Philharmonic, an acclaimed soloist and chamber musician, winner of the prestigious ARD competition in Munich and the Michał Spisak competition, among others, symbolically returns to the Festival after years, fulfilling her dream of recording a concerto indispensably connected with the Patron of the competition and the Festival.

– I hope that with this performance we will contribute to the popularization of this brilliant work and the figure of the composer around the world. When Jurek Dybał and I made a decision to carry out this project it was obvious to me that a Polish orchestra must take part – says Sophie Dervaux.

– When it comes to me, I am extremely pleased that the project has managed to attract such an excellent ensemble as the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra – adds conductor and Sophie’s “philharmonic colleague” from Vienna – Jurek Dybał.

A huge role in Spisak’s life was played by France, which was his second home and source of inspiration, as well as the country’s outstanding representative Nadia Boulanger, the composer’s mentor. We are pleased that this time it was the works of the Festival’s patron that charmed and inspired the Frenchwoman, the heroine of the Festival event – Sophie Dervaux, while the prize in the competition named after him apparently influenced the development of her artistic career.


Sophie Dervaux – bassoon

Jurek Dybał – conductor

National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice

The program includes:

Michał Spisak – Concerto for bassoon and orchestra



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