Mateusz Molęda

Mateusz Molęda is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and remarkable personalities among
today’s developing young conductors. Ever since his first appearance conducting an orchestra at
the age of 19, he has surprised his audiences and critics alike with exceptional interpretations of
discerning concert programs. In October 2023, he won the 1st Prize and the Orchestra’s Special
Prize at the distinguished and prestigious International Sergei Kussewitzky Conducting
Competition, which is among the most important conducting competitions of the world.
Analyzing intensively both the music and the composer, it enables him to create captivating and
profound interpretations of a wide variety of musical styles, to then display an exciting presence
and energetic conviction on the podium. In this context, the Bavarian Broadcasting channel BR-
Klassik, which accompanied Mateusz’ rehearsal work with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra for
several days, reported: “(…) When working he is focused and determined. He perfects the
accentuation, tightens the pace, emphasizes importance to the greatest orchestral differentiation
and sophistication. (…)”.
In the 2023/24 and 2024/25 seasons Mateusz will make his debuts with the Sächsische
Staatskapelle Dresden, the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, the
Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, the Hungarian National Symphony Orchestra, and
the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in Canada, among others. Re-invitations will lead him to the
London Mozart Players, with whom he will tour Germany in May 2024.
Mateusz received important musical impulses from his mentor Marek Janowski, who had a
profound influence on the artistic development of the aspiring young conductor over many years.
At his personal request he also worked as an assistant with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Berlin
Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and the Dresden Philharmonic. He
received further valuable inspiration as a cover conductor in collaboration with Teodor Currentzis
and the SWR Symphony Orchestra, whom he accompanied on several European tours.
Born in Dresden, Mateusz is rooted in German and Polish traditions. He studied initially the piano
at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media with Prof. Arie Vardi, one of the world’s most
distinguished music pedagogues of the last decades. He continued his studies also in the area of
Early Music and Historically Informed Performance Practice in cooperation with Prof. Zvi Meniker,
one of the last pupils of Nikolaus Harnoncourt. As an accomplished concert pianist, Mateusz
performed both in recitals and as a soloist with renowned orchestras in over 25 countries around
the globe, and released several CD recordings.
Engagements as a guest conductor have taken Mateusz to numerous countries around the world
over the past years, including the UK, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Albania, South
Korea, and South Africa. He has worked with the London Mozart Players, the Deutsche Radio
Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, the Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, the
Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Deutsches
Kammerorchester Berlin, the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, the Aarhus Symphony
Orchestra, the Odense Symphony Orchestra, the Hungarian National Symphony Orchestra, the
NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic and the Albanian Radio TV Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Mateusz is fluent in German, Polish, English, French, and Russian and received in 2021 his PhD
from the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Cracow with a thesis on polyphonic
compositional techniques in Sergei Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2. Since 2022 he holds a
teaching position at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts.

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