Mateusz Molęda - conductor
"... when working he is focused and determined, he perfects the accentuation, tightens the pace, emphasizes orchestral differentiation and sophistication. ..." reported the Bavarian broadcasting station BR-Klassik in June 2016, while accompanying Mateusz Molęda's rehearsals with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra on a concert tour to Poland. During this, he conducted among others the world premiere of the Symphonic Tone Pictures Op. 19 by the forgotten German romantic composer Carl Adolf Lorenz.
In season 2017 / 2018 he continues his successful collaboration with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra in five concerts on tour and in the Meistersingerhalle in Nuremberg. Further invitations as guest conductor lead him to Poland, France, Spain, South Africa and the USA.
Undoubtedly Mateusz Molęda is one of the most interesting and remarkable personalities among today’s young developing orchestra leaders. Ever since his first appearance as a conductor aged just 19, he has surprised his audiences and critics alike with very mature interpretations of discerning concert programs. Analysing seriously both the music and the composer, it enables him to provide fascinating musical perspectives and express deep thoughts on music of various styles, to then display an exciting presence and energetic conviction on the podium.
Over the past years, working for him also as assistant, the world-renowned conductor Marek Janowski has had a profound influence on Mateusz Molęda's artistic development by sharing his varied experiences with the young conductor.
From 2012 to 2014 Mateusz Molęda has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Lima Philharmonic Orchestra, which is considered to be one of the leading symphony orchestras of South America. This appointment at the age of just 26 gave him a widely spread recognition, not only throughout South America.
Recently one of the most important events in Mateusz Molęda's career was his tour to Asia with the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, one of Europe’s most distinguished chamber orchestras, who regularly record for the Deutsche Grammophon. Highlight of the this was his concert at Seoul Arts Center, which was transmitted by the Korean TV channel MBC and also broadcasted nationwide live by the Korean radio station KBS.
Born in Germany, Mateusz Molęda grew up in Dresden. During his early training, he studied the piano at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hanover with Professor Arie Vardi, one of the most distinguished musical pedagogues of the world. As an accomplished concert pianist Mateusz performed in more than 25 countries around the world. He released several CD recordings and collaborated with some of the finest European orchestras in major music venues like the Berlin Philharmonic. Mateusz Molęda also studied early music and historical performance practice in cooperation with Professor Zvi Meniker, a pupil of the legendary Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
The son of a Polish soprano and tenor who performed in leading roles at the Semper Opera Dresden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Komische Oper Berlin for more than a decade, Mateusz Molęda encountered music theatre at an early age. He has an extensive operatic repertoire, which he continually expands also with rarely performed operas. His symphonic repertoire includes works from all musical periods, especially all symphonies by Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and the complete symphonic works by Bruckner, but also rarely performed pieces like Karl Amadeus Hartmann's 6th Symphony, Florent Schmitt's symphonic cantata Psalm 47 and Henri Dutilleux's Métaboles and Correspondances.
Engagements as guest conductor have taken Mateusz Molęda to more than 15 countries around the world over the past years, including Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, South Korea, Japan, South Africa and several countries of South America. He has worked with the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Nuremberg Symphony, the Jena Philharmonic, the Heidelberg Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Schwerin, the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra, the NFM Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Symphony and the Moniuszko Philharmonic. Mateusz is a passionate traveller and has so far visited more than 60 countries around the globe. He is fluent in German, Polish, English, French and Russian.