Ewa Strusińska has been appointed Principal Conductor of the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra. Her first appearances will be the debut concert of the International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra, followed by an inauguration concert for the 2013/14 Szczecin Philharmonic season. She was a finalist and laureate at the prestigious Gustav Mahler International Conducting competition in Bamberg.
From 2008 to 2010, Ewa Strusińska held the position of Assistant Conductor with the Halle Orchestra in Manchester – the first ever female assistant conductor of a British orchestra. She worked closely with the orchestra’s Music Director, Sir Mark Elder CBE, conducting the orchestra in many concerts across England, and simultaneously held the position of Music Director with the Hallé Youth Orchestra. It is interesting however, that since she left the role at the Halle she does not appear to have been invited back to guest conduct…………….perhaps she has, and declined, but I would find this difficult to believe as having the Halle on her CV would only be beneficial.
It is possible that I missed the concerts she conducted with the Halle but I don’t recall her name appearing in the last couple of seasons.
Ewa Strusińska has also built up an extensive operatic and ballet repertoire as an Assistant Conductor at the Polish National Opera and Polish National Ballet – Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, collaborating on pieces including Nabucco, The Flying Dutchman, Madame Butterfly, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and Halka. She made her Polish National Opera debut with Medeamaterial by Dusapin, and her other opera work includes appearances at the Royal Northern College of Music (Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro) and Buxton Opera Festival (Bennet’s All the King’s Men and McNeff’s Tarka the Otter).
Internationally, she has worked with a range of orchestras including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bamberger Symphoniker, The Hallé Orchestra, Hofer Symphoniker, Sinfonietta Baden, Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, National Polish Radio Orchestra, Częstochowa Philharmonic Orchestra, Rzeszów Philharmonic Orchestra, Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra, Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra, Opole Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw National Opera Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Sinfonia Iuventus, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Gävle Symfoniorkester, Norrlands Opera Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Sinfonietta and the Northern Sinfonia.
Perhaps the break through by Marin Alsop recently as the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms will discard this “male” notion that women cannot conduct a symphony orchestra (Vasily Petrenko please note) and create a ripple effect whereby more female musicians are invited to conduct leading symphony orchestras and better still young female conductors are “mentored” by established conductors.