Maestro Wojciech Czepiel conducted symphonic concerts of Polish classical music in Hanoi and Rangoon. During the concert in Vietnam, solo piano parts were performed by the Japanese pianist Atsuko Seta.
The first of the two concerts was held on 24th November 2017 at the Grand Concert Hall of the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi. The orchestra under the baton of Maestro Czepiel performed works of classical and film music, including Polonaise in A major by Fryderyk Chopin, Sequence II by Wojciech Czepiel, Morskie Oko Concert Overture by Zygmunt Noskowski, Polonaise from the film Pan Tadeusz by Wojciech Kilar, as well as Piano Concerto No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven. Later, on 9th December 2017, Wojciech Czepiel led the Orchestra for Myanmar & Choir during the concert at the Holy Trinity Church in Rangoon.
Wojciech Czepiel has been working with artists from South East Asia for many years. He made his conducting debut in 1981 with the Chamber Orchestra of Kraków Music Academy. Between 1982 and 1984 he worked as an assistant conductor and a concertmaster of the Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra. From 1984 to 1986 he was an artistic director and a principal conductor of the Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk. Between 1986 and 1990 he worked as a conductor of the Warsaw Chamber Opera. From 1990 to 1991 he was associated with the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź and from 1991 to 1994 he worked as a conductor and a deputy artistic director of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Warsaw. Between 1997 and 2006 he was a chief conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Kraków Music Academy. From January 2000 to June 2013 he was an artistic director and conductor of the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra in Beirut. Wojciech Czepiel has appeared in many festivals: Midem in Cannes, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Palermo, Forum Bratislava, Carintischer Sommer in Villach, Beethovenfest in Bonn, Al Boustan Festival in Beirut, Warsaw Autumn, Cracow Music Festival, Tunis Festival and Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Festival. As a composer he has created music for solo instruments, chamber ensembles and for symphonic orchestra. In 2012 he was awarded the medal Gloria Artis for his artistic achievements by the Polish Minister of Culture.
Pianist Atsuko Seta is a winner of many prestigious music awards, including the top prize of the Masterplayers International Music Competition in Italy (1996), the Music Critic Club Prize (2003) awarded to the most active musician in West Japan, as well as the IBLA Grand Prize Ginastera Special Award (2004). For many years, she has been regularly performing in Europe, Asia and the United States. Since 1997, she has been working with the Sudety Philharmonic in Wałbrzych, Poland, performing piano concertos. She teaches as a guest professor at the Music Department of the Payap University in Chiangmai, Thailand.
The concerts were organised in collaboration with the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi and the Orchestra for Myanmar & Choir in Rangoon.