About

As a conductor, my goal is to transmit the essence of music through a meaningful gesture, compelling the orchestra to play in a way that creates a unique listener experience. I do it simply by putting much attention to details of the score – diving deep to all what the composer has written – and then, filling out the space between notes with my own musicianship.

Magdalena Pawlisz is a Polish conductor, a finalist of I Atlantic Coast Conducting Competition in Portugal and a semi-finalist of the Opera Competition in Orvieto. Magdalena Pawlisz has worked with Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Orchestra of Komische Oper Berlin, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt Oder, Orchestra de Cadaqués, Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, Theater Cottbus, Theater Magdeburg, Gothenburg Opera, Szczecin Castle Opera, among others. The engagements in 2021 include Kharkiv Opera, Częstochowa Philharmonic and University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

Magdalena Pawlisz obtained a Master’s degree in Conducting at the Berlin University of Arts. She is currently pursuing a post-graduate Executive Master in Art Administration at the Zurich University and a PhD on the Mass in C by Franciszek Lessel at the Music Academy in Kraków.

The range of my musical interests spans from the sources of European classical music – Viennese classicism and pre-Chopinian period – through German 19th century music of Wagner and Brahms, to the Polish 20th century music of Szymanowski and Karłowicz. I also advocate for the new music, particularly written by female composers, in order to address under-representation of women in the history of classical music.

Magdalena Pawlisz was born in 1990 in Gdynia and has played violin since 7. In 2008 she participated in the International Youth Symphony Orchestra in San Diego and then decided to become a professional musician. A few years later she was encouraged to undertake conducting studies.

Magdalena Pawlisz has learned the craft of conducting with Raphael Delekta, Colin Metters, Steven Sloane, Harry Curtis and also while assisting Enrico Calesso, Patrik Ringborg and Michail Jurowski.

Magdalena Pawlisz is alumna of the Royal Philharmonic Society Women Conductors and the Rotary New Generations Service Exchange.

Schedule

FRANCISZEK LESSEL | Mass in C Major | Częstochowa Philharmonic

FRANCISZEK LESSEL | Mass in C Major | Częstochowa Philharmonic

May 14th, 2021 LESSEL: Modern premiere of Mass in C Major Symphony Orchestra of the Częstochowa Philharmonic Choir of the Częstochowa Philharmonic Collegium Cantorum Magdalena…

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University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra | CONCERT

University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra | CONCERT

October 22nd, 2021 CONCERT University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra Magdalena Pawlisz, Conductor Concert Hall of the University of Gothenburg

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HEALTH OF THE UKRAINIAN CHILDREN Charity Concert | Odessa Philharmonic

HEALTH OF THE UKRAINIAN CHILDREN Charity Concert | Odessa Philharmonic

May 22nd, 2020 (Please note that this event was cancelled due to the pandemic.) Charity Concert “Health of the Ukrainian Children” Repertoire: Mendelssohn, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Ouverture…

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Magdalena Pawlisz conducts CARMEN | Kharkiv Opera

Magdalena Pawlisz conducts CARMEN | Kharkiv Opera

April 25th, 2020 (Please note that this event is postponed. The exact date to be announced.) Magdalena Pawlisz debuts at the Skhid Opera – Kharkiv…

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MESSIAH | Magdalena Pawlisz & Lundbysymfonikerna

MESSIAH | Magdalena Pawlisz & Lundbysymfonikerna

December 1st, 2019 LUNDBYSYMFONIKERNA LUNDBY MOTETTKÖR MATTIAS EKLUND, organ CAROLINA FRIBERG, soprano MAGDALENA PAWLISZ, conductor Repertoire: C Ph E Bach: Organ concerto in G major…

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EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CENTRE | Magdalena Pawlisz – Duo del Gesú – Cappella Gedanensis

EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CENTRE | Magdalena Pawlisz – Duo del Gesú – Cappella Gedanensis

September 27th, 2019 PROGRAMME Grażyna Bacewicz Concerto for String Orchestra (1948) Kurt Atterberg Suite for Violin, Viola and String Orchestra (1917) Edvard Grieg From Holberg’s…

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ROYAL OPERA HOUSE | Benjamin & Mozart | Opera Course for Women Conductors

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE | Benjamin & Mozart | Opera Course for Women Conductors

July 1st to July 5th, 2019 Magdalena Pawlisz took part in the Women Conducting Course for opera, held at the Royal Opera House and National…

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Magdalena Pawlisz & Symphony Orchestra of the Music School in Zamość | Rotary-UNESCO Conference

Magdalena Pawlisz & Symphony Orchestra of the Music School in Zamość | Rotary-UNESCO Conference

April 27, 2019 Magdalena Pawlisz conducted the Orchestra of the Karol Szymanowski Musical School in Zamość at the Rotary-UNESCO conference. Program: W. Kilar, Polonaise, movie theme from…

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Magdalena Pawlisz conducts POLIFONICA VOGHERESE | XXXI. Christmas Concert in Voghera

Magdalena Pawlisz conducts POLIFONICA VOGHERESE | XXXI. Christmas Concert in Voghera

December 15, 2018 XXXI. Christmas Concert in Voghera (Italy) Choir Polifonica Vogherese “Angelo Gavina” (Music Director: Michele Viselli) Orchestra da camera di Voghera Magdalena Pawlisz…

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BRAHMS 2 | Magdalena Pawlisz & Philharmonie Neubrandenburg

BRAHMS 2 | Magdalena Pawlisz & Philharmonie Neubrandenburg

May 24, 2017 Magdalena conducts Brahms 2. Symphony with the Neubrandenburgische Philharmonie as her Master of Arts Diploma concert at the University of Arts Berlin.

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MOZART Bassoon Concerto | Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche

MOZART Bassoon Concerto | Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche

January 11, 2017 Concert at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche in Berlin W. A. Mozart, Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra in B flat Major KV 191 Preußisches Kammerorchester Prenzlau…

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Magdalena Pawlisz & Brandenburger Symphoniker | BEETHOVEN | crescendo2016 Festival

Magdalena Pawlisz & Brandenburger Symphoniker | BEETHOVEN | crescendo2016 Festival

June 2, 2016 crescendo2016 festival L. van Beethoven, Creatures of Prometheus’ Ouverture Op. 43. Joseph-Joachim-Konzertsaal, Berlin, Germany Photo credit: Marcus Witte

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Credentials

It’s inspiring both to be conducted by Magdalena and to watch her work. All her experience and good training as a conductor makes her a calm and efficient leader in the rehearsals. She works with good authority and minds many details as well as the broader picture while making good structure of the rehearsals until the performance. – Daniel Björkdahl, Music director of Lundby Symphonic Orchestra and Choir, Gothenburg

Ihre solide Vorbereitung und eine sehr gut entwickelte Schlagtechnik haben ihr ermöglicht, sich am Pult mit der notwendigen Souveränität zu beweisen. – Enrico Calesso, Generalmusikdirektor des Mainfranken Theaters Würzburg

Szerokim echem odbił się koncert uczniów Państwowej Szkoły Muzycznej I i II stopnia im. Karola Szymanowskiego pod Pani batutą. Występy solistów i orkiestry sprawiły naszym gościom wielką radość, były zachwyty i wzruszenia. (…) Koncert z pewnością pozostanie w pamięci naszych gości jako jeden z najwspanialszych momentów ich wizyty w Zamościu. – Artur Suski, President RC Zamość Ordynacki

The first thing to mention is her musical and personal integrity. Many conductors at the present time promote themselves with much bravura and superficial talent. Magdalena does not follow this fashion. – Colin Metters, Professor Emeritus in Conducting, Royal Academy of Music London

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