Michał Nesterowicz is a conductor, born on 9th February 1974 in Wrocław. He is a winner of Concurso Internacional de Dirección de la Orquesta de Cadaqués in Spain and a guest conductor of Sinfonieorchester Basel.
Dyrygent, urodzony 9 lutego 1974 we Wrocławiu.
He studied violin and conducting at the Academy of Music in Wrocław. In 1997, he graduated with honours from Marek Pijarowski’s conducting class. He complemented his musical education at the Bach International Academy in Kraków, where he studied under the supervision of Helmuth Rilling in 1995.
In 1998, Nesterowicz won second prize and the special award of the Białystok Philharmonic Orchestra for Best Competitor at the Witold Lutosławski National Review of Young Conductors in Białystok. A year later he won the 6th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in Katowice and received the Katowice Polish Radio National Symphonic Orchestra Award for Best Polish Conductor. In 2008, he won the Concurso Internacional de Dirección de la Orquesta de Cadaqués in Spain.
Nesterowicz started his concert activity while still studying (1993-96), performing with the chamber orchestra Giovanni Virtuosi, which he formed. Since then, he has regularly given concerts in Europe, South America, and the United States.
In Poland he collaborates with such orchestras as Sinfonia Varsovia, Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, National Polish Radio Orchestra from Katowice, Polish Radio Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, and Polish Chamber Philharmonic.
The list of orchestras Nesterowicz worked with includes BBC Philharmonic Manchester, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Wiener Kammerorchester, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao, Orquestra de Cadaqués, Orquesta Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Jerusalem Camerata Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico, Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Deutsches Symfonie-Orchester Berlin, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Buffalo Philharmonic, Copenhagen Phil, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, and Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana. The artist has also been collaborating with Residentie Orkest from the Hague, Orchestre National de Lille, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, and Orquesta Ciudad de Granada. He has also given many concerts with Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Münchner Philharmoniker.
He has performed and recorded with artists such as Ewa Podleś, Angela Marambio, Gwendolyn Bradley, Shlomo Mintz, Rachel Barton Pine, and Ivan Monighetti.
In 1999, he conducted Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor in Wrocław Opera. In 2005, he took part in the European premiere of Jeffrey Stock’s symphonic poem Lulie The Iceberg. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Solidarity movement he participated in the world premiere of Jan A.P. Kaczmarek’s Cantata for Freedom and in Jean Michael Jarre’s concert in Gdańsk Shipyard. Nesterowicz continued his cooperation with Kaczmarek, and in 2006 he took part in the ceremonial film music concert Journey to Light in Los Angeles. Since 2000, he has been collaborating with Zbigniew Preisner, and since 2003 with Grzegorz Turnau as well.
He has recorded albums for Polish Radio and Polish Television, as well as for many record companies including Naxos and Channel Classics. His artistic output includes more than a dozen albums. In 2000, he was nominated for Polityka’s Passport award in the Classical Music category. He received the 2005 Sztorm Roku Award in the Classical Music category from Gazeta Wyborcza daily. In 2006, he was recognised as the Conductor of the Year in Santiago de Chile.
From 2004 to 2008, he was the Artistic Director of Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk and from 2008 to 2018 he worked as the Artistic Director of Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile. He is the Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and the Principal Guest Conductor of Arthur Rubinstein Łódź Philharmonic.
During the 2016/17 season, Nesterowicz returned to the conductor’s pulpit of Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest and had his first performances in Berlin (with Konzerthausorchester) and in Vienna (with Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich). The 2017/18 season brought further debuts with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Brucknerorchester Linz, Staatsorchester Kassel, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, and Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as performances with orchestras already known to Nesterowicz: Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Filamonica de Minas Gerais, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, and Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia.
His ceaseless activity and performances with numerous orchestras consolidated his position. In the 2018/19 season he returned to the BBC Symphony Orchestra, performing a Polish-themed programme including pieces by Edward Elgar, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, and Witold Lutosławski in London and Szczecin. He also debuted with the HR Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Portland Symphony, and Vancouver Symphony, as well as maintaining his cooperation with Sinfonieorchester Basel, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and Malmo Symphony Orchestra.
Artist's website: www.michalnesterowicz.com
Originally written in Polish by Anna Iwanicka-Nijakowska, Polish Music Information Centre, Polish Composers' Union, December 2006; update: Małgorzata Kosińska, Polish Music Information Centre, Polish Composers' Union, July 2010; translated and updated by MG, August 2019.