Marta GARDOLIŃSKA, 29
The award-winning polish conductor, Marta Gardolińska has been establishing her name in the classical music scene as an inspiring and versatile conductor.
She has led ensembles such as ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Polish Baltic Frédéric Chopin Philharmonic in Gdansk, Poland, the Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra, Greece and the Spirit of Europe Orchestra, Baden, Austria.
Along with her work as a symphonic conductor, she also has built a solid knowledge of the Viennese tradition thanks to her cooperation with the Johann-Strauss-Operette-Wien company, touring in Germany with the operettas The Bat and The Bird Seller. Since 2017 she is the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of TU-Orchester Wien.
Gardolińska received her education in some of the most prestigious institutions of Europe and the US, including the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, the Cabrillo Music Festival and the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestral Musicians in Maine, US. Some of her mentors include Mark Stringer, Yuji Yuhasa, Konrad Leitner, Peter Eötvös, Erwin Ortner and Marin Alsop.
Gardolińskas conducting activities have taken her to stages as diverse as Wiener Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Festspielhaus Füssen and Teatro Peón Contreras in Mérida, Mexico. She has also gained recognition in conducting competitions - she obtained the Special Orchestra Prize at the Witold Lutosławski Conducting Competition in Białystok, Poland and won the Third Prize and the Special Orchestra Prize at the Felix Mendelssohn International Conducting Competition in Thessaloniki, Greece.
In 2016, Gardolińska was awarded the title Outstanding Pole in Austria for her efforts in popularising Polish culture and music outside of the country. She was also named Associate Fellow for the seasons 2017-2019 by the Taki Concordia Fellowship established by Marin Alsop.
Works conducted in the Competition:
Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op84 (excerpt)
Weber: Der Freischütz Overture (excerpt)
Round 2 – Semi-finals
Bartók: Divertimento (excerpt)
Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor, Op 21: II Larghetto (excerpt)
Beethoven: Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 67 (excerpt)