After a precocious start on the podium, conductor Marzena Diakun has reached veteran status at a young age. The orchestral and choral works of Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Shostakovich have become her daily musical grail. Sought after for her interpretations of the French and Bohemian masters, she herself sets a focus on the great Polish composers - Penderecki, Karłowicz and Szymanowski - in her own programing.
In her role since September 2021 as Artistic Director and Principal Chief Conductor of the Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid (ORCAM), she combines her regular work in the Spanish capital with guest conducting and regular returns to orchestras with whom she enjoys a special relationship, including Orchestre Radio Philharmonique de Radio France, OSPA in Oviedo, Spain, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Switzerland and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Germany.
The newest relationship with Ensemble Intercontemporain is the culmination of two decades of premiering and performing new works by numerous Spanish, Dutch, Austrian and Polish composers, and her latest CD, Polish Heroines of Music, is an exemplary model of her savoir faire and commitment.
Herself a teacher and a mentor, she looks back on inspiration and support from great conductors such as Kurt Masur, Pierre Boulez and Marin Alsop.