Update browser for a secure Minnesota Orchestra experience

It looks like you may be using a web browser version that we don't support. Make sure you're using the most recent version of your browser, or try using of these supported browsers, to get the full Minnesota Orchestra experience: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge.

Marta Gardolińska


Marta Gardolińska is currently music director of Opera national de Lorraine and principal guest conductor of Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona. She came to international attention in 2018 as Young Conductor in Association at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, where she conducted two highly successful subscription concerts. This led to a Dudamel Fellowship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic during the 2019-20 season which included an invitation to be second conductor to Gustavo Dudamel for their Grammy Award-winning live Deutsche Grammophon recording of Ives’ Symphony No. 4. Gardolińska then returned to Los Angeles to make her debut with the Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl followed by an immediate re-invitation.

In the 2023-24 season, Gardolińska makes her debuts with the Kammerorchester Potsdam, BBC Scottish Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and San Francisco Symphony. Gardolińska will also return to the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife after opening their last season and will conduct performances of Haydn’s The Creation with the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona.

Debuts made in the 2021-22 season featured concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse and Royal Northern Sinfonia. Other recent highlights have included her Paris debut with the Orchestre Chambre de Paris, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Along with her work as a symphonic conductor, she is also active in the field of opera. During the 2020-21 season she made her hugely successful French debut with Opéra national de Lorraine conducting a new production of Zemlinsky’s Der Traumgörgeand the 2021-22 season saw acclaimed productions of Messager’s Fortunio in Nancy and her debut at Opera du Rhin in Strasbourg conducting Carmen with Stéphanie d'Oustrac. During the 2022-23 season she conducted a much-anticipated new production of Manru by Paderewski and a revival of La Traviata at Opera national de Lorraine. 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. This season in Nancy, Gardolińska will conduct performances of Haydn’s The Creation along with her regular subscription weeks.

Gardolińska studied conducting at the Frederic Chopin Music University of Warsaw, the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 2016, she was awarded the title “Outstanding Pole in Austria” for her efforts in popularizing Polish culture and music outside of the country.