Conductor Marzena Diakun graduated with an honours degree in orchestra and opera conducting from Mieczysław Gawroński’s class at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław (2005), and completed postgraduate studies with Uroš Lajovic at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. She gained international fame conducting the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France in a series of concerts broadcast by Radio France,, and ARTE. She was the first Polish conductor to win the 2nd prize (Silver Baton) in the Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in Katowice (2012). She was also awarded the 2nd prize in Prague Spring’s 59th Conducting Competition (2007).

Diakun conducts well-known orchestras worldwide. In the 2020/2021 season she makes her debuts with, among others, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and Ensemble intercontemporain. Since 2020 she has been the principal guest conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris. She regularly appears with Orchestre Pasdeloup in the Philharmonie de Paris concert series.

In 2015 she won the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s scholarship to work as assistant conductor during the Tanglewood Music Festival, as well as Marin Alsop’s Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship. In the following year she received the ‘Passport’ Award of the ‘Polityka’ weekly. She holds a postdoctoral degree (2017) and teaches a conducting class at the Wrocław Academy of Music.

Phot. Łukasz Rajchert
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