Marta Gardolinska was born in 1988 in Warsaw, Poland and currently holds the post of Young Conductor in Association at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In October 2018, she stood in 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. This 19:20 season she has been announced as a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and will make her debut with the orchestra with Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.
This 19:20 season sees Marta make her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia and I, CULTURE Orchestra as part of the Eufonie Festival. Other highlights include a return to the podium for subscription concerts with the BSO and concerts with the Tonkünstler-Orchester.
During the Summer of 2018, Marta made her festival and orchestral debut with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to close the Edinburgh International Festival in the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. 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, Tonkünstler-Orchester, Symphony Orchestra of Poznan Opera and the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia.
Inspired by the experience of singing in her school choir and fascinated by the colours of symphonic music, it 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 masterclasses 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 17-18 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 Maestro Tadeusz Kozlowski, rediscovering forgotten operatic masterpieces of Polish composers such as Legenda Baltyku by Felix Nowowiejski and Manru by Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Between 2013 and 2015 she served as the second conductor with the company Johann--Strauss--Operette Wien, learning the purest style of the Viennese musical tradition.
Among her many accolades, she has received an Honourable Mention and the Special Orchestra Prize of the Witold Lutoslawski Conducting Competition in Bialystok, Poland (2016), the 3rd Prize and the Special Orchestra Prize from the Felix Mendelssohn International Conducting Competition in Thessaloniki, Greece (2016) and she has been one of eight semi-finalists in the 1st 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 the 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 acrobatics, swimming, and middle distance running while at the same time studying flute and piano.