Short Biography (English)

Innovation, passion, and versatility are the hallmarks of India born Danish conductor Maria Badstue, praised as “one of the best young Danish conductors of today,” (Berlingske Media). An accessible collaborator and innate communicator, Ms. Badstue’s popularity as a guest conductor outside of the Nordic countries continues to grow. In addition to her work as Artistic Director and Founder for Nordic Masterclass for Conductors and INDK Symphonic Collaboration, two acclaimed initiatives that she launched in 2012 and 2018 respectively, she is also the co-founder of Copenhagen’s The Ørestad Klassiske MusikFestival, a three-year-old music festival focusing on youth and the environment.

Amongst the orchestras with which she has appeared are Italy’s Orchestre di Padova e del Veneto; France’s Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice; Denmark’s the South Denmark Philharmonic, symphony orchestras of Odense, Aarhus, Aalborg, the Randers Chamber Players, the Royal Danish Orchestra/Det Kongelige, Svenska Kvinnoorkestern, and Danish National Chamber Orchestra; , Sweden’s Gothenburg, Helsingborg, and Malmö symphonies; Finland’s Orkester Norden; Norway’s Kristiansand Symphony, and the Romanian Radio Orchestra. Opera house credits include Germany’s Theater und Orchester Neubrandenburg / Neustrelitz; the United States’ Portland Opera Theater, Sweden’s FolkOperan, Denmark’s Koncertkirken with musicians from the Royal Danish Opera and Nontardar, the Copenhagen Opera Festival at Den Røde Plads / BLOX Copenhagen, the Copenhagen Phil and the Royal Danish Opera.

A recipient of a prestigious 2019-2021 Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship, and a prizewinner in the 5th Lovro von Matatic Competition with the Croatian Radio and Television Orchestra; Badstue is a trained trumpetist. She worked professionally as a trumpetist in Denmark and Finland before focusing on a career in conducting. She holds master’s degrees in orchestral conducting from the Norwegian State Academy, and in Trumpet Performance from the Danish National Academy of Music.

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