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American conductor Benjamin Shwartz has been appointed new music director of the Symphony orchestra in Wrocław, in south-western Poland. He will replace Jacek Kaspszyk, who in September takes over as music director of the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, succeeding there to Antoni Wit.

Born in Los Angeles in 1979, Shwartz studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. He is the winner of the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition in Bamberg, Germany, in 2007. He served for three years as a resident conductor of the San Francisco Symphony. In 2014, Shwartz will inaugurate Wroclaw’s National Music Forum which will house all of the city’s music institutions, except the opera, namely a concert hall seating 1,800.

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