Multi-award winning Conductor Maja Metelska has been sought after throughout Europe since her debut with the Warsaw Philharmonic in 2006. As a winner at the Tokyo International Music Competition she has conducted the major Japanese orchestras, including the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, and the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra. Maja Metelska has also been awarded The Orchestra prize at the Solon Michaelides International Competition for Young Conductors in Nicosia, Cyprus and received the Award for the Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in Poland and was a Finalist at the Competition for Orchestra Conductors of the European Union.
At her young age, Maja Metelska’s has acquired a vast symphonic repertoire ranging from the Baroque to Contemporary, which she conducts all by memory. She has received numerous re-invitations from orchestras throughout Europe, including the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra, Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Pori Sinfonietta.
As an opera conductor, Maja Metelska gave her debut in 2007 conducting W.A. Mozart’s Magic Flute in the Grand Theatre of the National Polish Opera. She has gone on to conduct the world premiere of Rosary by W. Ratusinska and as assistant conductor in Puccini’s Tosca in Koszalin. Since 2011, she has been the Conductor of the Warsaw Chamber Opera, where she has conducted works such as Z. Krauze’s Polyeuctus and as Music Director the world premiere of D. Przybylski’s Orphee.
Maja Metelska holds Polish-Finnish Citizenship. She studied conducting under the tutelage of Antoni Wit, Leif Segerstam and Jorma Panula and as a fellow at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen with David Zinman.
ORCHESTRAS CONDUCTED IN CONCERTS
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra, Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchetra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Pori Sinfonietta, Joensuu City Orchestra, Mikkeli City Orchestra, Silesian Chamber Orchestra, Warsaw Chamber Opera Sinfonietta, Baltic Opera Orchestra, Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra, Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra, Czestochowa Philharmonic Orchestra, Zielona Gora Philharmonic Orchestra, Lower Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra, Torun Symphony Orchestra, Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus, Nowowiejski Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, Chopin University of Music Symphony Orchestra
EDUCATION & ACADEMIC DEGREES
Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland:
– Conducting: Doctor of Music degree (D.Mus)
– Conducting: Habilitated Doctor of Music degree
– Conducting: Doctoral Studies
– Symphonic and Opera Conducting: Master Degree (M.Mus)
– Cello: Master Degree (M.Mus)
Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland:
– Orchestral Conducting: Master Degree (M.Mus)
Warsaw University, Faculty of Management:
– Postgraduate Studies in Management of Arts
– Concerts and Operas – Conductor
– Warsaw Chamber Opera – Conductor
– Chopin University of Music – Assistant Professor
– Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – Assistant Conductor (2007-8)
– Szymanowski State Music Schools in Warsaw – Conductor (2006-8)
– Solon Michaelides International Competition for Young Conductors in Nicosia, Cyprus, 15-18 Oct 2013: Winner of the Special Orchestra Award of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra
– 9th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors, Katowice, 16 – 25 Nov 2012: 2nd Distinction Award and Special Prize for the best performance of a piece by Polish composer funded by the Polish copyright protection organization ZAIKS
– 16th Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting, Japan, 28 Oct – 5 Nov 2012: Winner of Honourable Mention Award and the Special Hideo Saito Award – highest distinctions given by the Jury during the Competition
– 15th Competition for Orchestra Conductors of the European Union in Spoleto, Italy, 2008: Finalist
– 8th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in Katowice, Poland, 2007 : Semifinalist, awarded Polish Television Prize
– 4th Lutoslawski International Competition for Young Conductors in Bialystok, Poland, 2006: 3rd Award