foto: Michał Heller OiFP
Michał Klauza is Artistic Director of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2013-2015 he served as Music Director of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in Białystok, where, in addition to regular concerts of symphonic music, he worked on several opera productions (Verdi’s Il Traviata, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Bizet’s Carmen). He also worked as Associate Conductor of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice (2009-2015). In 2004-2008 he served as Associate Conductor and Deputy Music Director of the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff, where he worked on a wide range of productions such as Carmen, Verdi’s Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, Aida, Otello, and Falstaff (with Brian Terfel in the title role), Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Puccini’s La Boheme, and Lehar’s The Merry Widow (recorded for the BBC).
From 2016 he is a guest conductor of Bolshoy Theater in Moscow, where he conducts Donizetti Don Pasquale and Weinberg The Idiot
In December 2011, he conducted Szymanowski’s King Roger, performed in a concert version with the National Ukrainian Opera in Kiev as the closing event of the cultural programme of Poland’s presidency in the European Council. He has worked as guest conductor with numerous orchestras in Poland and abroad, including the Warsaw Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, most of Polish symphony orchestras, the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Orchestre National Capitole de Toulouse, the State Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation and the Moscow Philharmonic. Foreign tours have also taken him to France, Germany, Switzerland (a gala concert in tribute to Mstislav Rostropovich, with Ivan Monighetti, Sol Gabetta and Misha Maisky), Great Britain, Armenia, Italy, South Korea and the Persian Gulf countries. He has worked closely with the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk (Strauss’s Salome and Mozart’s The Magic Flute, The Gamblers / Rotschild’s Violin) and the Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz (Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust), Poznan Opera (Aida, Die Fledermaus)
Earlier in his career, in 1998-2003, he worked at the National Opera in Warsaw. He has made numerous recordings for radio and television, including the first ever recording of Szymanowski’s operetta Lottery for a Husband (with the National Polish Radio SO) and King Roger (with Warsaw’s National Opera).
Michał Klauza is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw, where he studied conducting with Ryszard Dudek. He developed his skills as a postgraduate student of Ilya Musin at the Rimski-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg and at international courses for conductors given by Kurt Redel (Rome, 1996) and Valery Gergiev (Rotterdam, 1997).
He pursues a teaching career as a member of faculty of the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice, where he also serves as Director of the Academic Symphony Orchestra.