Irina Bogdanovich

Conductor

Irina Bogdanovich is the conductor and artistic director of the University of Warsaw Choir.

She comes from Russia, where she graduated with honours from the Choral Conducting Department at the Pedagogical and Music University and also with honours from the Piano Department at the M. Mussorgsky State Conservatoire in Yekaterinburg.

She was awarded with best conductor awards at the International Festival of Orthodox Church Music in Hajówka in 2005, the H.M. Górecki International Choral Music Festival in Rybnik in 2006, and the Legnica Cantat Choir Tournament in 2011. In 2006 she won the Fryderyk Award for Best Polish Music Recording for the album Baird, Łukaszewski, Błażewicz, Borkowski.

She has worked with ensembles such as Sinfonia Varsovia, Polish Radio Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Chopin Academia Orchestra, Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Academia Orchestra, Polish Royal Symphonic Orchestra, Warsaw’s New Chamber Orchestra, Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra, and Sinfonia Iuventus.

She is involved in various artistic projects. She hosts the Children’s Musical Gardens Festival in Warsaw and composes music for movies, e.g. Świteź directed by K. Polak, which won over 20 awards at international festivals and an award for best music in London. She set the poem Łąka by Polish poet B. Leśmian to music and staged a show titled Alexandr Nevsky using a score of Prokofiev’s cantata which she herself reconstructed. Irina Bogdanovich has conducted such vocal-instrumental masterpieces, e.g. Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, and Verdi’s Requiem.

She has been a member of the Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry since 2008.