‘Conductor-in-Residence’ – Joanna Natalia Ślusarczyk’s concerts with the Silesian Philharmonic

Jan 16, 2019

On 17 and 18 January, Joanna Natalia Ślusarczyk – the conductor-in-residence with the Filharmonia Śląska (Silesian Philharmonic) for the 2018/2019 season, will conduct four educational concerts of the ‘Młoda Filharmonia’ (‘Young Philharmonic’) series.

The programme of the Young Philharmonic with Ballet series (17 January 2019 / Thursday, at 11 am and 5 pm; 18 January 2019 / Friday, at 9.30 am and 12 pm) will feature the Ballet Suite from ‘The Nutcracker’ op.71a by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the Concert Overture Carnival’ op. 92 by Antonín Dvořák, Alborada del gracioso by Maurice Ravel and Polonez uroczysty by Ludomir Różycki.

Joanna Natalia Ślusarczyk will appear alongside the Symphony Orchestra of the Filharmonia Śląska.
The concerts will also feature dancers from the Ludomir Różycki Comprehensive Ballet School in Bytom. The concerts will be presented by Regina Gowarzewska.

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

More information about the concerts can be found on the website of the residency organiser – Filharmonia Śląska im. Henryka Mikołaja Góreckiego in Katowice.


Joanna Natalia Ślusarczyk – graduated with distinction from the Faculty of Symphony and Opera Conducting of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice under Prof. Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk in 2016. She is currently a doctoral student at the same academy. She has also graduated from the Academy of Music in Kraków (composition and music theory, diploma with distinction) and the Jagiellonian University in Kraków (European Studies, BA diploma).

Ślusarczyk has won the Third Prize at the First European Union International Conducting Competition in Bulgaria (Sofia/Pazardjik 2018). Earlier this year, she has also won the First Prize at the London Classical Soloists Conducting Competition in the United Kingdom and a special prize at the BMW International Conducting Masterclass and Competition in Esposende, Portugal. Her most recent honour has been the Second Prize at the International Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest in Romania (26-30 August 2018).

Between 2012 and 2014, the artist progressed to the finals of three successive International Conducting Masterclasses with maestros Tadeusz Strugała, Gabriel Chmura and Jacek Kaspszyk. She has perfected her skills at foreign courses: in London with Achim Holub in 2018 and Colin Metters from the Royal Academy of Music in 2009, and in Esposende with Luis Clemente in 2018.

Ślusarczyk has performed with such orchestras as the International Symphony Orchestra ICM during the Copernicus Music Festival in the United Kingdom, the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra, the Zielona Góra Philharmonic Orchestra, the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, the Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra, the Orquestra da Costa Atlantica, the Royal Symphony Orchestra, the Żory Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra Les Femmes. She has also cooperated with the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra in Białystok.

In recognition of her artistic achievements, she has received scholarships from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2008 and 2009), the Royal Capital City of Kraków (2008) and the Małopolska Scholarship Foundation Sapere Auso (2006 and 2009).

The artist has founded the Małopolska Orkiestra Kameralna (Małopolska Chamber Orchestra) and conducted the Krakowska Młoda Orkiestra Kameralna (Kraków Youth Chamber Orchestra), with which she appeared in the United States, Russia, Israel, Norway, Iceland, France and Ukraine. With the latter orchestra, she also recorded the album W poszukiwaniu inspiracji – Muzyka polska (In Search of Inspiration – Polish Music) in 2014. In addition, she conducts the Symphony Orchestra of the Władysław Żeleński State Secondary School of Music in Kraków, with which she won the National Competition for the School Orchestras of the Secondary Schools of Music organised by the Akademia Filmu i Telewizji (Film and Television Academy) in Warsaw in 2014.


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Joanna Natalia Ślusarczyk, photo: Sławomir Ślusarczyk