If the name Marta Gardolińska sounds familiar it’s because the Polish musician, 32, has served for the past three years as Young Conductor in Association at the decidedly unglitzy Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Two years ago, she was talent-spotted by a London management company.
This morning she was announced as music director of the Opéra national de Lorraine, starting in September.
She will conduct there ten weeks a year. Marta says: ‘It fills me with pride that I will get to shape the cultural life of a place that was strongly shaped by a former Polish king, Stanisław Leszczyński. I hope to give the best possible representation of Polish culture here in Nancy.’
Before joining Bournemouth Marta was a singer in Vienna’s Arnold Schoenberg Chorus.
News of her appointment is making headlines in Poland.
It’s a lovely story, worthy of the Netflix series Call My Agent (Dix Pour Cent).