Remembering Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (1923-2017)

Remembering Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (1923-2017)

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski passed away, at the age of 93.

Tributes to Maestro Skrowaczewski have poured in following the news of his death, and here are a collection of them that outline his life and legacy.

Maestro Skrowaczewski was a giant in the history of the Minnesota Orchestra. He served as music director for 19 seasons, from 1960 to 1979, and he returned each season since then to lead the Orchestra as conductor laureate. Although he traveled the world conducting major orchestras until just last year, he continued to make Minnesota his home across the decades. He was a champion of new music, an extraordinary interpreter of Bruckner, a celebrated composer, an advocate for musicians during the lockout—and the major force behind the creation of Orchestra Hall in 1974. In total, his partnership with the Minnesota Orchestra spanned 56 years of music-making.

Memorial Service

The Memorial Service for Maestro Stanislaw Skrowaczewski will be held at Orchestra Hall at 3pm on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. The service will include both remarks and musical performances, including one by the full Minnesota Orchestra. The service is open to the public.


Press Release from Intermusica (PDF)

Facebook album of historical Skrowaczewski photos »

Tributes from the classical music world »

Contributions to honor the memory of Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski may be made to the Skrowaczewski Fund for Artistic Excellence, established to support the Minnesota Orchestra’s extraordinary ensemble of musicians. Contribute online »


In the media

Star Tribune: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Minnesota musical giant, dead at 93

Pioneer Press: Longtime Minnesota Orchestra collaborator Stanislaw Skrowaczewski dies at 93

Minnesota Public Radio: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Minnesota Orchestra's conductor laureate, dies at 93

NPR: Beloved Conductor Of The Minnesota Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Dies

MinnPost: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski — 'the legend' and the legacy

Associated Press: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, who led Minnesota Orchestra for 19 years, dies at 93

Rhinegold: Stanisław Skrowaczewski (3 October 1923 – 21 February 2017)

Philly News: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski dies - once a Philadelphia Orchestra regular

Gramophone: Stanisław Skrowaczewski has died at the age of 93

Musical America: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski dies at 93 (PDF)

Arts Desk: Farewell, Stanisław Skrowaczewski

The Guardian: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski Obituary


Videos of Stan


Photo, top: Skrowaczewski in Orchestra Hall by Mark Luinenburg    

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