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Aleksandra Melaniuk

Salonen Fellow in the Colburn School Conservatory of Music’s Negaunee Conducting Program

Polish conductor Aleksandra Melaniuk has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra as a semi-finalist of the 17th Donatella Flick Conducting Competition, and is one of the winners of the 2023 Das Kritische Orchester, led by Forum Dirigieren. Raised in Warsaw and Edinburgh, Melaniuk is currently a Britten-Pears Young Artist (BPYA) for the 2023–24 season.

Melaniuk has already conducted numerous orchestras in Europe, including the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Baltic Sea Philharmonic, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Moravska Filharmonie Olomouc, Lower Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra, and  the Orchestra of the Grand Theatre in Poznan. She made her professional debut with the Silesian Philharmonic in their ‘For the Young’ concert series. In 2023, she will work on Oliver Leith’s Last Days with Sian Edwards, a collaboration between the BPYA Program and the Jette Parker Artists Program at the Royal Opera House.

Melaniuk has reached the final rounds in auditions for the Leverhulme Conducting Fellowship with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra & Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Constant Lambert Fellowship/Jette Parker Ballet Conductor with Royal Opera House, and the Female Conductor Traineeship at Opera North. This season, she participates in the Fiskars Summer Festival & Conducting Academy, led by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Dalia Stasevska, and James Gaffigan. In 2022, she participated in the Järvi Conducting Academy in Estonia, took part in the 10th edition of Dirigentuka in Stavanger, Norway, and was chosen as one of the three students in the SOV Masterclass for young talents, led by Kristiina Poska, in cooperation with Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Spectra Ensamble, and Forum Dirigieren.

In 2021, Melaniuk established her own orchestra and conducted several programs promoting British music in Poland. She was invited to conduct the premiere of several contemporary works through the SubRosa Project, which were recorded during sessions in Enigma Centre in Poznan. Having a deep interest in opera, she has participated in preparations for Puccini’s La Rondine with Silesian Opera and Szymanowski's King Roger at the Baltic Opera. This season she will be an assistant conductor for the Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito at the Baltic Opera.

Committed to education, Melaniuk has participated in numerous conducting masterclasses with Johannes Schlaefli, Nicolas Pasquet, Claire Gibault, Johannes Wildner, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Leonid Grin, Alexander Polianichko, Antoni Wit, and Jerzy Maksymiuk. She took part in the Music.Media.Management. project hosted by the Szczecin Philharmonic and Cadenza Fjord Festival, where she completed a course in team management.   

Melaniuk has a master's degree in conducting from the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow and is a Salonen Fellow in the Negaunee Conducting Program at Colburn Conservatory and the San Francisco Symphony, where he will assist Esa-Pekka Salonen internationally. 

She is currently represented by Colburn Artists.

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