MARTA GARDOLIŃSKA was born in 1988 in Warsaw, Poland and currently holds the post of Leverhulme Young Conductor in Association at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In October 2018, she stood in at the last minute to make her acclaimed subscription debut with the BSO and will lead the orchestra in a variety of concerts and educational activities over the coming seasons.
Other professional engagements have led her to work with ensembles including the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Symphony Orchestra of Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste, Tonkunstler Orchester, Symphony Orchestra of Poznan Opera, and the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia.
The experience of singing in her school choir and her fascinated with the colors of symphonic music led her to study conducting at the Frederic Chopin Music University of Warsaw, the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, and in many master classes and workshops with artists such as Bernard Haitink, Peter Eötvös, Bertrand de Billy, György Kurtág, and Marin Alsop.
In 2015, she was named Principal Conductor of the Akademischer Orchesterverein Wien and during the 2017/18 season, she held the position of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of TU-Orchester Wien.
Along with her work as a symphonic conductor, she is also active in the field of opera. Since 2017, she has regularly worked as assistant conductor to Tadeusz Kozłowski, rediscovering forgotten operatic masterpieces of Polish composers such as Legenda Bałtyku by Felix Nowowiejski and Manru by Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Between 2013 and 2015, she served as the second conductor for the Johann-Strauss-Operette Wien, learning the purest style of the Viennese musical tradition.
Among her many accolades, she has received an Honorable Mention and the Special Orchestra Prize at the Witold Lutosławski Conducting Competition in Białystok, Poland (2016), Third Prize and the Special Orchestra Prize at the Felix Mendelssohn International Conducting Competition in Thessaloniki, Greece (2016), and she has been one of eight semi-finalists in the First International Hong Kong Conducting Competition in 2018. In 2016, Marta was awarded the title “Outstanding Pole in Austria” for her efforts in popularizing Polish culture and music outside of her country. She was also named Associate Fellow for the seasons 2017-2019 by the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship established by Marin Alsop.
Before deciding to become a musician, she spent several years professionally training in acrobatics, swimming, and middle-distance running, while at the same time studying flute and piano.