Robert Kabara took on the artistic leadership of the orchestra at the invitation of the young musicians in 1992. It was no longer than a few months that, performing the role of artistic director, soloist and leader, he transformed the formation ‘Kameraliści Krakowscy’ into a splendid proficient and artistically mature ensemble.
The Sinfonietta Cracovia, the name of which appeared at the beginning of 1994, became a culture institution under the patronage of the President of the City of Cracow and was granted the status of the Orchestra of the Capital Royal City of Cracow. Much tribute should be paid to the city authorities of that time as well as to Elżbieta and Krzysztof Penderecki whose decisive support for the new quality in music contributed to the foundation of the youngest orchestra in Cracow.
Since January 2001 the function of the Principal Guest Director of the orchestra has been performed by John Neal Axelrod.
Collaboration with outstanding figures of the arts world has become a vital element of the concert life of the Sinfonietta. Among them are Krzysztof Penderecki, Christoph Eschenbach, Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Rudolf Buchbinder, Mischa Maisky, Pieter Wispelwey, Ilay Gringolts, Antoni Wit, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Barry Douglas, Kaja Danczowska, Irene Grafenauer or Tabea Zimmermann, to name but a few.
Some of the orchestra’s musicians had the privilege to participate in the anniversary project ‘Polish Festival Orchestra’ in 1999. Forty concerts under the direction of Krystian Zimerman in Europe and the United States as well as the album recorded for Deutsche Grammophone highly affected the future artistic life of the ensemble.
The Sinfonietta’s performances at some of Europe’s most prestigious concert halls, including Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Herkules Saal in Munich, Kurhaus in Wiesbaden, Casino Hall in Basil, Theatre Mogador in Paris, Conservatory Concert Hall and Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Italian theatres in Brescia, Naples and Parma, the National Concert Hall in Warsaw or Tonhalle in Zurich, brought the orchestra the international recognition.
The achievement of artistic success was followed by invitations of cooperation on the part of distinguished individuals of the world of arts and culture from Vienna, Salzburg, Paris, Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, New York or Chicago. Among numerous recordings made by the orchestra, the most important are prestigious TV productions for the BBC Classical Music T