Dr Monika Stefaniak has been a lecturer with the Conducting Faculty at Paderewski's Music Academy in Poznań from 2008 to 2016. From 2005 to 2009 she was Artistic Director of the Gdynia Symphonic Orchestra and from 2005 to 2007 Assistant Conductor in the Opera Baltycka in Gdańsk. From 2007 to 2009 she was Artistic Director of the Sinfonietta Gedanensis Youth Orchestra. In 2008 she created and organized The Gdynia Masterclass for Conductors with Maestro Jerzy Salwarowski and The Gdynia Symphonic Orchestra.
Between 2000 and 2004 Ms. Stefaniak was Assistant to Prof. Jerzy Salwarowski with philharmonic orchestras all around Poland. She has performed with many Polish and foreign orchestras, including: Savaria Symphony Orchestra, The Congress Orchestra in St. Petersburg, Kalisz Philharmonic Orchestra, Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra, Poznan Music Academy Orchestra and many others.
Dr. Monika Stefaniak studied Conducting in Poznan at the Paderewski’s Music Academy and Theory of Music at Chopin’s Music Academy in Warsaw. She graduated with distinction in Conducting in 2004 (class of Prof. Jerzy Salwarowski) and continued education in class of Leonid Korchmar in the St. Petersburg State Conservatory till June 2005. She received her Doctorate in conducting from The Academy of Music in Krakow in May 2008.
Dr. Stefaniak has participated in many Masterclasses and workshops with famous teachers
and conductors. The principal ones being; Accademia Musicale Chigiana with Gianluigi Gelmetti (2001 and 2005) and in 2003 with Sir Colin Davis organized by Hochschule für Musik Dresden; International Bartók Seminar's Conducting Course with Prof. Peter Eötvös (2009); Internationale Bachakademie Krakau with H. Rilling and with G. Chmura in Katowice where she performed in the final concert with the prestigious National Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio.
In 2005 Ms. Stefaniak received a scholarship from the Italian Government for summer courses in Siena and a scholarship from the Polish Minister of Culture “For distinctive Polish artists of the young generation”.
From 2016 Monika Stefaniak is cooperating with a period instruments’ ensemble Ars Nova performing contemporary music written especially for them. In the same year she began to work as a lecturer in Gdynia Film School.
Updated: January 2018
The Artist's homepage: www.monikastefaniak.art.pl