Capella Cracoviensis Foundation was instituted in 1992 as an initiative of Stanisław Gałoński. The founders of the Foundation are Polish and foreign musicians. Its honorary committee gathers celebrities of culture and science. The goal behind the foundation is the erection of a concert hall on the premises in Piastowska Street donated by the Board of the Municipality of Krakow.
During more than thirty years of its operation, the orchestra has successfully gained popularity among great numbers of music lovers in Krakow and all over the world. The ensemble was founded in 1970 as an initiative of Stanisław Gałoński, conductor and musicologist. In the 1980s, it was registered in the roll of cultural institutions managed by the Krakow Voivode. On 1st January, 1999, following the reform of state administrative system, the function of the orchestra's founding body was assumed by the City of Krakow.
The ensemble, performing mainly oratorios and cantatas, encompasses a chamber orchestra, a madrigalist ensemble, a rorantist ensemble (all-male vocal group), and an independent wind ensemble. Since 1986, Stefan Krawczyński has collaborated with the orchestra as the conductor.
The orchestra performs a varied repertoire. The whole ensemble specialises in performing and interpretation of early music (Baroque and Classical oratorio music), always endeavouring to produce it as close to the original as possible, using historical instruments. Interpretations of Handel's Messiah, J. S. Bach's Passion and Mass in B-minor, and Mozart's Mass and Requiem by Capella Cracoviensis always enjoy great popularity.
An equally important section of the ensemble's repertoire is Polish music of various periods. Capella Cracoviensis has given acclaimed performances of works by composers ranging from Mikołaj z Radomia (Nicholas of Radom), M. Gomółka and G. G. Gorczycki to modern-day Polish greats such as Meyer, Penderecki, Lutosławski and Stachowski.
Capella Cracoviensis has performed in practically every country in Europe, as well as in the USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. It gave a special concert for Pope John Paul II and the Roman Curia in the Vatican on 9th April 2000. The ensemble has participated in a number of renowned music festivals and made several recordings of early, Classical, and contemporary music.
In 1992, its recordings of Darius Milhaud's six Chamber symphonies and Trois Opera Minutes earned the Capella Cracoviensis two prestigious awards, the Diapason d'Or and the Grand Prix du Disqe de l'Academie Charles Cros.
Capella Cracoviensis works with leading musicians from all over the world, including the famous English ensembles The Orchestra of the Golden Age, Pro Cantione Antiqua and His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts. Together they made a live CD recording of Monteverdi's Vespers.
Since 1976 Capella Cracoviensis has organised Muzyka w Starym Krakowie (Music in Old Krakow), an international festival which enjoys high esteem both among the residents of Krakow and among visitors to the city. Concerts of this festival are always held during the latter half of August (15th-30th August),and organised in Krakow's heritage locations of historic importance.