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Performer: Jan Wierzba

© Catarina Fernandes Photography
© Catarina Fernandes Photography

Born in Poland and raised in Portugal, Jan Wierzba is regarded as one of the most promising conductors on the Portuguese scene. In different contexts he conducted the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Porto Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Remix Ensemble, North East Wales Sinfonia, Ensemble MPMP, Orquestra Classica do Sul, Lisbon Contemporary Music Group and Portuguese Chamber Orchestra. He worked as Assistant Conductor with Jac van Steen, Sir Andrew Davis, Vassily Petrenko, Joana Carneiro and Juanjo Mena. As Musical Director of Ensemble MPMP, Jan works on the recovery and promotion of Portuguese music from all periods.

A scholar for the Gulbenkian Foundation, Jan received a Masters Degree with Distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music, having studied with Mark Heron and Clark Rundell, including a semester in Weimar, at the Franz Liszt Hochschule fur Musik with Prof. Nicolas Pasquet. In a Masterclass context he had the opportunity to work with Sir Mark Elder, Juanjo Mena, Peter Rundel, Jorma Panula, Johannes Schlaeffli, Matthias Pintscher and Paavo Jarvi. He was awarded the Mortimer Furber Prize for Conducting at the RNCM, as well as 3rd Prize in Conducting at the Young Musicians Competition of the Portuguese Radio Antena 2.

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