‘Conductor-in-Residence’: Radosław Droń – the conductor-in-residence with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra

Sep 22, 2018

Radosław Droń’s conducting residency with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra (Toruńska Orkiestra Symfoniczna) for the 2018/2019 season has just been inaugurated.

The conductor-in-residence took part in the rehearsal for the opening concert of the Toruń Symphony Orchestra’s 40th season on 14 September. Apart from taking part in the rehearsal to the concert under Mariusz Smolij, Radosław Droń also appeared in the overture to Stanisław Moniuszko’s Halka. The programme also included the Symphony no 5 in C minor op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven and the Piano Concerto in A minor op. 17 by Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The pieces were performed by the Toruń Symphony Orchestra directed by Mariusz Smolij. The solo part was played by Marian Sobula.

As part of his residence, Radosław Droń will take part in the rehearsals for another three concerts with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra under Mariusz Smolij, Jan Miłosz Zarzycki and Kai Bumann, and will conduct the following two concerts: on 15 March 2019 (with the overture to the opera Paria by Stanisław Moniuszko, Concerto Romantico for harp and orchestra by Gary Guthman and the Symphony no 8 in B minor ‘Unfinished’ by Franz Schubert  performed by harpist Małgorzata Zalewska and the Toruń Symphony Orchestra) and on 26 May 2019 (with the overture to the opera La gazza ladra by Gioacchino Rossini, the Concerto for piano and orchestra by Henryk Wars and the variations on the theme of I Got Rhythm by George Gershwin performed by pianist Piotr Orzechowski and the Toruń Symphony Orchestra).

The concerts are co-organised and financially supported via the Institute of Music and Dance’s programme ‘Conductor-in-Residence’.

More information can be found on the website of the residency organiser – Toruńska Orkiestra Symfoniczna.

Radosław Droń graduated from the Stanisław Moniuszko State Secondary School of Music in Jelenia Góra in the violin class of Jacek Marcinów. He completed his undergraduate conducting studies with distinction at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław under Prof Alan Urbanek and went on to complete the graduate studies at the same academy under Prof Marek Pijarowski with the highest marks. For his outstanding academic achievements he was awarded scholarships from the Vice-Chancellor of the Academy of Music each year. As a violinist, he has taken part in orchestral masterclasses in Cottbus, Germany (in 2008) and in the ‘Eurochestries’ project in Pons, France (in 2011). He has perfected his orchestral skills at conducting masterclasses with Prof Rafał Jacek Delekta and Prof Tadeusz Strugała at the Academy of Music in Kraków with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra (Orkiestra Akademii Beethovenowskiej) and during the Conducting Masterclasses at the academy in Wrocław with maestro Gabriel Chmura.

In March 2015, he conducted the final concert of the Polish-German Saxophone Symposium that took place at the Academy of Music in Wrocław. Starting in 2012 and ending 4 years later, he rehearsed and conducted, at the Helena Modrzejewska Theatre in Legnica, premiere performances of the musicals Bitwa pod Legnicą 1241 by Andrzej Łucki (in 2013), Śpiąca by Krzysztof Augustyniak and Mateusz Kazimierski (in 2015), Brama by Patryk Scelina (in 2016) and the ‘Musical Gala’ concert in 2014. In May 2016, he conducted the diploma concert at the National Forum of Music (Narodowe Forum Muzyki, NFM) in Wrocław with the Wrocław Philharmonic NFM Orchestra, which served as the culmination of the conducting studies at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. Together with violinist Jacek Marcinów he founded the youth chamber orchestra Orchestre Chevalier de Saint-George de Pologne, with which he toured France in late 2017 and early 2018.

In the 2017/2018 artistic season, he was appointed as a conductor-in-residence and an assistant of the principal conductor, maestro Bartosz Żurakowski, by the Sudecka Philharmonic (Filharmonia Sudecka) in Wałbrzych. In June 2018, he assisted maestro Jerzy Maksymiuk in the final concert of the 40th artistic season of the Sudecka Philharmonic.

In the 2017/2018 artistic season, he has also worked with maestro Adam Klocek as assistant. He has appeared in concert with the Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Wrocław, the Wrocław Philharmonic NFM Orchestra, the Lower Silesia Philharmonic (Filharmonia Dolnośląska), the Sudecka Philharmonic, the Kalisz Philharmonic, the Radom Chamber Orchestra, Sound Factory Orchestra, the Polish Doctors Orchestra (Polska Orkiestra Lekarzy), as well as with the Wrocław Opera (as a chorister) in the productions of Les Pêcheurs de perles by Georges Bizet and Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner. For the 2018/2019 artistic season, he has been chosen for the second time to participate in the Institute of Music and Dance’s programme ‘Conductor-in-Residence’, as a conductor of the Toruń Symphony Orchestra.

 

 

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Radosław Droń, pfoto. D. Gdesz