Born in 1991 in Poland, Maciej Kotarba is one of the most exciting and dynamic young Polish conductors. Winner of the 2nd Adam Kopyciński Nationwide Conducting Competition, he also received the Special Prize awarded by Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Artistic Director of The Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors. He was also a Fellow of the International Conducting Masterclasses with Collin Metters. He recently graduated with a Master’s degree in conducting with Marek Pijarowski at The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (Poland).
In June 2017 he made his début with Warsaw Philharmonic. He conducted ensembles such as the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia and Sinfonietta Cracovia. He also collaborated with well-known Polish orchestras, including Sudeten Philharmonic, Opole Philharmonic and Orchestra of Podlasie Philharmonic and Opera. He assisted to acknowledged Polish conductors such as Grzegorz Nowak, Michał Klauza, Jan Miłosz Zarzycki, Warcisław Kunc and Jakub Chrenowicz.
Kotarba had an opportunity to enhance his conducting skills with many world-recognized conductors during masterclasses and international fellowships. In 2014 he was fellow at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, where he studied with Johannes Wildner and Uroš Lajovic. He also participated in many international conducting masterclasses, where he learned from finest conductors such as Collin Metters, Yaov Talmi, and Rafał Jacek Delekta.
Kotarba graduated with a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from I J Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan in 2015 and completed a postgraduate course in Music Management at The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. He had many occasions to perform as a violin soloist and chamber musician and played as an orchestral musician with various leading orchestras of Poland.
Works conducted in the Competition:
Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op84 (excerpt)
Weber: Der Freischütz Overture (excerpt)