Born in Mumbai but raised in Denmark, Maria Badstue is a conductor who has "clearly demonstrated why she is considered one of the best young Danish conductors of today.” (Berlingske Media)
Highlights of Maria’s upcoming season include return engagements with the South Denmark Philharmonic, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestra of India (Mumbai), and debuts with the Egnsteater Undergrunden (DK) and at Klassiske Dage international music festival (DK).
Maria was recently chosen by the prestigious Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship as a 2019-21 Taki Award Recipient and will receive ongoing mentorship and support from Maestra Marin Alsop in Baltimore (USA) and Vienna.
Maria is well known to Danish audiences through her past engagements with the Odense Symphony, Danish National Chamber Orchestra, the South Denmark Philharmonic, and the Aalborg Symphony. She made her official Danish debut in 2013 with the Copenhagen Philharmonic. Other recent concert highlights include performances with the Gothenburg Symphony, Malmö Symphony, Helsingborg Symphony, Orkester Norden, Kristiansand Symphony, and the Romanian Radio Orchestra.
In 2018 Maria made her Swedish opera debut with 14 performances of Massenet’s DON QUIXOTE at the FolkOperan. She made her opera conducting debut in 2012 with the production of ANGELO – LA OPERA by Lars Klit in Copenhagen, and in 2015 she was invited to conduct the production of A DOLL´S HOUSE by John Frandsen with the Athelas Sinfonietta. She also conducted HEROES AND VILLAINS at the Danish National Opera and assisted Maestro Michael Boder with Hindemith´s CARDILLAC at Wiener Staatsoper.
In the summer of 2017 Maria visited her birth country for the first time where she was invited to conduct a production of IL MATRIMONIO SEGRETO at the Royal Opera House of Mumbai. This led to a collaboration with the Symphony Orchestra of India Chamber Orchestra with a return engagement in 2018. In 2020 Maria will return to initiate the INDK Symphonic Collaboration integrating 20 Danish musicians with the Symphony Orchestra of India to present the first ever Indo-Danish orchestra.
Maria is rooted in the Finnish school of orchestral conducting; between 2007-2013 she was mentored by professor Jorma Paula, working with him closely in both Finland and abroad. She earned her masters degree in 2014 studying with Jukka Pekka Saraste and Ole Kristian Ruud at the Norwegian State Academy. She attended influential masterclasses with Bernhard Haitink and George Hurst and has assisted Esa-Pekka Salonen on projects with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
In 2012 she founded the highly successful Nordic Masterclass for Conductors in collaboration with Jorma Panula and the South Denmark Philharmonic. Here she is serving as artistic director and teaching assistant. The Nordic Masterclass is now in its 7th season and is established as one of the most important conducting masterclasses in Europe.
Maria was a prizewinner in the 5th Lovro von Matatic Competition with the Croatian Radio & Television Orchestra and she has been awarded the Sonning Talent Prize, the Augustinus Foundation Jubilee Grant, and the Hämeenlinna City Orchestra´s Conductors Stipend. She has twice been presented with the Arne Hammelboe Scholarship Grant awarded by the Danish Conductors Association.
“The two lively and elegant symphonies (Schubert 5 and Mozart 29) received exactly the insight, serenity, lightness and tempo that sends them directly into the ear of the listener and is striking and touching!” (Jyllands-Posten)
“Maria Badstue conducted with a strong, vivid and delightful narrative.” (Jyllands-Posten)