ROBERT FARKAS, Conductor / Dirigent
"He always shows great musicality, intelligence and has good conducting technique."
– Iván Fischer
MARZENA DIAKUN, Conductor / Dirigent
2021 - Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid (ORCAM)
2020 - First Guest Conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris
Award-winning conductor Marzena Diakun came to international acclaim in Paris in the 2015/16 season after several concerts with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
Recent engagements include Liverpool Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, National Warsaw Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orquestra Sinfónica do Estado de São Paulo, Deutsche-Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Göteborg Opera, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Lubljana, Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, Istanbul Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne.
Diakun is a dedicated supporter of contemporary music and has premiered numerous works with different ensembles. In 2016, she gave the Polish premiere of Olga Neuwirth's opera Lost Highway, as a part of the New Horizons Festival in Wrocław.
In 2015, she was a recipient of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood Music Festival, and won the Marin Alsop's Taki Concordia Fellowship.
The Hungarian conductor Róbert Farkas captured the attention of the classical music world when he won the third prize of the International Lovro von Matačić competition, as well as the Opera Award and the Special Award of the Croatian Composer's Society (HDS) in 2011. In the following years, he worked with the Hungarian National Philharmonic, the Symphonic Orchestra Savaria and the Pannon Philharmonic in Pécs and conducts the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Concerto Budapest, and the Danubia Orchestra in Hungary on a regular basis. Recently he made his Debut with the Budapest Festival Orchestra.
He already worked with the Berliner Konzerthausorchester, the Berliner Symphoniker, the Leipziger Kammerorchester, the Heidelberger Philharmoniker, the Wuppertaler Sinfonieorchester and the Collegium Musicum Pommersfelden in Germany, with the Croatian Radio Orchestra, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra " George Enescu " and the Orchestra Simfonică a Filarmonicii "Banatul" din Timişoara.
Apart from classical operas like Cosi fan tutte, La Traviata and Die Entführung aus dem Serail, he also conducts modern and contemporary works like Shostakovich's Moskau Tscherjomuschki, Hindemith's Lehrstück, Rihm's Nietzsche opera Dionysos, Peter Maxwell Davies' The Turn of the Tide, Echnaton by Philip Glass and Johannes Harneit's Abends am Fluss and Hochwasser.
His mentors Iván Fischer, Dimitri Kitajenko and Péter Eötvös appreciate him for his creative and imaginative musical mind. His cooperation with Hungarian conductor Iván Fischer started in 2013 at both the Konzerthaus Berlin Orchestra and the Budapest Festival Orchestra.