Krzysztof Urbański was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana succeeding Vladimir Ashkenazy in November 2022. Highlights of his 2022/23 Season include debuts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin and two projects with the Münchner Philharmoniker. Moreover he returns to the Wiener Symphoniker, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Bamberger Symphoniker, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra Washington.Urbański appeared as a guest conductor with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, hr-Sinfonieorchester, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Zürich, Orchestre de Paris, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony among others.
Urbański served as Music Director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra from 2011 to 2021 and as Chief Conductor and Artistic Leader of the Trondheim Symphony (2010-17). In 2017 he was appointed Honorary Guest Conductor of the Trondheim Symphony and Opera. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony (2012-16) and Principal Guest Conductor of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester (2015-21).
With the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester Urbański recorded albums of Lutosławski’s works, Dvořák’s Symphony no. 9, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 5 and Strauss’ works; all on Alpha Classics. His discography also includes Chopin’s small pieces for piano and orchestra with Jan Lisiecki and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra for Deutsche Grammophon which received an ECHO Klassik Award and Martinů’s Cello Concerto no. 1 with Sol Gabetta and the Berliner Philharmoniker recorded for Sony.