Conductor Marzena Diakun

Praised as a conductor of immense temperament, convincing with sureness, energy and the detailed power of her baton, Polish conductor Marzena Diakun has reached veteran status at a young age. Second Prize winner of two major international conducting competitions (Prague Spring Competition 2007 and Fitelberg Conducting Competition 2012), she focuses on orchestral and choral works by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Shostakovich, as well as her country´s greatest composers – Penderecki, Lutoslawski, Karlowicz and Szymanowski. Sought after for her interpretations of the French and Bohemian masters, her performances are described as remarkably balanced, finely nuanced, and deeply felt, knowing how to dazzles with her mastery and the height of the gesture, and how to obtain from an orchestra density, expressiveness, and details.

The season 2024/25 will see her return to orchestras such as the Komische Oper Berlin and the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern and initiate new relationships with others like NDR-Sinfonieorchester Hannover, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Her newest recording of Brahms’ works for choir and orchestra (Label IBS) with Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid, of which she was Artistic Director and Principal Chief Conductor until the summer of 2024 has been greatly hailed by the press.

The new relationship with Ensemble Intercontemporain is the culmination of two decades of premiering and performing new works by numerous Spanish, Dutch, Austrian and Polish composers. Her recording, Polish Heroines of Music (Label PWM) is an exemplary model of her savoir-faire and commitment.

Herself a teacher and a mentor, she looks back on inspiration and support from great conductors such as Kurt Masur, Pierre Boulez and Marin Alsop.