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Mateusz Molęda wins the Serge Koussevitzky International Conducting Competition

German-Polish conductor Mateusz Molęda won 1st prize and the special orchestra prize of the Serge Koussevitzky International Conducting Competition.The competition located in Grosseto takes place in the beautiful Italian-style theater del Concorso, is in its third edition. 247 candidates were in the running, with the participation of the “Città di Grosseto” orchestra.

Born in Dresden, Mateusz Molęda claims both German and Polish roots. He first studied piano at the University of Music in Hannover and has performed in recitals and concerts as a soloist in many countries. As a conductor Mateusz was mentored by Marek Janowski, who led him to work as an assistant with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Berlin Radio Symphony, the Berlin Symphony of Frankfurt Radio and the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. He also accompanied Teodor Currentzis and the SWR Symphony Orchestra on several European tours.

In the 2023/24 and 2024/25 seasons, Mateusz will make his debut with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Hungarian National Symphony Orchestra and the Hamilton Philharmonic. in Canada, among others. He will also tour Germany in May 2024 with the London Mozart Players.

The second prize was awarded to the Korean Hae Lee, 32, finalist this year in the Besançon Competition. Third prize was awarded to Chaowen Ting, 39, American-Taiwanese and candidate for the La Maetra 2022 competition.