Joanna Natalia Ślusarczyk
Polish conductor, winner of many awards at the International Conducting Competitions: Second Prize at “La Maestra Competition 2022” in Paris, France; Second Prize in the International Conducting Competition “Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest” in Romania (2018), Third Prize at the “First European Union International Conducting Competition” in Sofia, Bulgaria (2018), First Prize at the “London Classical Soloists Conducting Competition” in London, Great Britain.
She is the winner of two Special Prizes of La Maestra Competition: “French Concert Halls and Orchestras Commitee Prize” and “European Concert Hall Organization - Echo Prize”. She was also awarded a Special Mention at ”The BMW International Conducting Masterclass and Competition” in Portugal (2018).
In April 2019, after the international audition, Joanna Natalia Slusarczyk was selected to the Mentoring Program with Peter Eötvös for 2020/2021 organised by Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation in Budapest, Hungary.
In July and August 2019 she participated at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana Festival in Siena, Italy, where after the Final Concert she was chosen by maestro Daniele Gatti to receive the Main Prize of Rotary Club Siena.
In 2022, she was selected to participate in the “Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship Mentoring Program” and in the “La Maestra Academy 2022-2024”.
In the 2018-2019 season Joanna was a Conductor-in-Residence at the Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice, Poland. In April 2019 she got the Main Prize of the Krakow county for outstanding artistic achievements.
Majoring in Symphonic and Opera Conducting in the class of maestro Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, graduated with honors from the Academy of Music in Katowice. She also graduated with honors from the Academy of Music in Krakow.
Joanna Natalia Slusarczyk has conducted in both Poland and in the United States, Israel, Norway, Iceland, Portugal, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia and Ukraine.
She worked with such orchestras as: the Krakow Philharmonic, the Silesian Philharmonic, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic, the Swietokrzyska Philharmonic, the Zielona Góra Philharmonic, the Paris Mozart Orchestra, the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moldova Philharmonic Iasi, the London Classical Soloists Orchestra, the Danubia Orchestra Óbuda, the Chorakademie and Orchesterakademie des WDR Köln, the Pazardzik Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, the Orquestra Clássica do Sul, the Orquestra da Costa Atlantica, the International Symphony Orchestra ICM, the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, the Zorska Chamber Orchestra.
She is the founder and conductor of the Małopolska Chamber Orchestra and the Cracow Youth Chamber Orchestra, with whom she did several international tournées and recorded the album ”Seeking Inspiration – Polish Music. Chopin – Lutosławski – Górecki – Kilar”.
Joanna Natalia Slusarczyk is a finalist of International Conducting Masterclasses, led by maestro Tadeusz Strugała (2012), Gabriel Chmura (2013) and Jacek Kaspszyk (2013). She was also selected to participate in the International Conducting Masterclasses led by maestro Colin Metters in London, Achim Holub in London, and Luis Clemente in Portugal.
For her artistic achievements she received scholarships from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, the Royal Capital City of Krakow, and the Malopolska Scholarship Foundation Sapere Auso.