Krych, Lilianna International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn

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born in 1986, conductor. She is mainly active in opera, contemporary, and ancient music. In 2011 she graduated in symphony and opera conducting from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in the class of Marek Pijarowski, after concluding a master’s thesis in music theory as the same university. She has subsequently perfected her conducting skills at masterclasses with Colin Metters, Jonathan Brett, and Jerzy Salwarowski. She has cooperated with the Jelenia Góra, Kielce, and Zielona Góra philharmonics. She as active in musical education on several levels, notably conducting the orchestra of the Oskar Kolberg State Music School and workshops for the National Fryderyk Chopin Institute. 

In 2016, she made her debut at the Warsaw Autumn Festival, leading the first Polish stage performance of Salvatore Sciarrino’s opera Luci mie traditrici, which was also shown at the New Opera Days in Ostrava in 2018. She cooperates with ensembles specialising in new music such as Ostravska Banda, Spółdzielnia Muzyczna contemporary ensemble, and Hashtag Ensemble, of which she has been a permanent member since October 2017. With the Hashtag Ensemble, she has performed at the final stages of composition competitions and during various festivals. In July 2019, she has led the world premiere of Karol Nepelski’s Birdy during the Tête-à-Tête New Opera Festival in London. 

She has contributed to performances and premieres of works by composers such as Wojciech Błażejczyk, Piotr Tabakiernik, David Zuckerman, Amin Sharifi, Michael Gancz, Simon Henry, Adam Porębski, Karol Nepelski, and Agnieszka Stulgińska, and has prepared music for theatre plays. 

As a conductor, she has cooperated with the Song of the Goat Theatre of Wrocław in plays such as Return to the Voiceand Hamlet. In the 2016/17 season, she has led the Vocal Ensemble of the Warsaw Chamber Opera, and is currently fulfilling a similar role at the Polish Royal Opera, where she also conducts concerts and stagings. In 2013–18, she has worked as assistant conductor at the Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw, working notably with Gabriel Chmura, Stefan Soltesz, Judith Yan, Carl Montanaro, Łukasz Borowicz, Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski, and Andrei Yurkevich. 

In 2009–18, she was the artistic director and conductor of the Warsaw Stage Society Choir, heading national and international projects, workshops, concerts, and recordings. In 2010–14 she has led the Clil choir, Poland’s only amateur Jewish choir, performing music in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino, and Polish. With that ensemble, she has recorded the Shabbat Songs CD in 2011.