The award-winning polish conductor, Marta Gardolińska has been establishing her name in the classical music scene in her country and abroad as an inspiring and versatile conductor.
With the beginning of 2017 she is taking the position of chief conductor and artistic director of the TU-Orchester Wien and has won the 2017-2019 Associate Fellow of the TAKI CONCORDIA CONDUCTING FELLOWSHIP.
She has led ensembles such as the BBC Concert Orchestra, ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, the Polish Baltic Frédéric Chopin Philharmonic in Gdansk, Poland, the Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra, Greece, the Symphony Orchestra of Filharmonia Podkarpacka im A. Malawskiego in Rzeszów, Poland 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”.
Ms. Gardolińska received her education in some of the most prestigious institutions of Europe and the United States, including the Frédéric Chopin Music University 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, USA. Some of her mentors include Mark Stringer, Yuji Yuhasa, Konrad Leitner, Peter Eötvös, Erwin Ortner and Marin Alsop.
Ms. Gardolińska’s conducting activities have taken her to stages as diverse as the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Golden Hall of Wiener Musikverein, the Baltic Philharmonic Hall in Gdansk, Poland, the Festspielhaus Füssen and the Teatro Peón Contreras in Mérida, Mexico.
She has also gained recognition in conducting competitions – in November 2015 she was one of the 10 semi-finalists out of more than 130 participants of the first Antal Doráti International Conducting Competition in Budapest, Hungary. September 2016 brought her an Honourable Mention and the Special Orchestra Prize in the Witold Lutosławski Conducting Competition in Białystok in Poland and in November 2016 she won the 3rd Prize and the Special Orchestra Prize at the Felix Mendelssohn International Conducting Competition in Thessaloniki, Greece.
In 2016, Ms. Gardolińska was awarded the title “Outstanding Pole in Austria” for her efforts in popularising Polish culture and music outside of the country.