With its name referring to one of the most precious monuments of Central Europe’s baroque architecture - the Aula Leopoldina at the Wroclaw University - the NFM Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1978.
Artistic identity of the ensemble was shaped by several music personalities but the most influential was violinist Karol Teutsch. He knew how to connect the best individual skills of orchestra’s musicians and created a tradition of artistic director with both, virtuoso-performer and conducting talents. After seven fruitful years under the direction of violinist Ernst Kovacic orchestra is now artistically leaded by viola soloist Hartmut Rohde, profesor at the Universität der Künste in Berlin who also teaches at the Royal Academy of Music London. He is a founding member of the Mozart Piano Quartet,
The ensemble earned substantial critical and public acclaim after making its appearance at such venues as the Philharmonie and Schauspielhaus in Berlin and at festivals like: Flanders Festival and Europalia in Belgium, Muziekfestival West-Brabant in Holland, Bodensee-Festival and Weilburger Schlosskonzerte in Germany, Echternach Festival in Luxembourg, Du Périgord Noir in France, Estoril in Portugal and in Poland: Warsaw Autumn, Ludvig van Beethoven Easter Festival, Wratislavia Cantans, Musica Polonica and Musica Electronica Nova.
The orchestra recorded several albums, including Rossini Gala with Ewa Podle¶ (contralto) which received the Polish Phonographic Academy Award Fryderyk 1999. The album Ernst Krenek – Symphonic Elegy has been highly praised in the prestigious music magazines: Diapason, Fanfare and The Strad. Leopoldinum is known for many premiere performances including works composed for the ensemble among others by Heitor Parra and Roxanna Panufnik.