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). The recipient of a prestigious 2019-2021 Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship (TACF), she is mentored by TACF Founder / international conductor Marin Alsop. An accessible collaborator and innate communicator, Ms. Badstue is a popular conductor in the Nordic countries, particularly Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, and continues to expand her relationships with orchestras nationally and abroad.
Upcoming engagements for the 2020-2021 season include two subscription concerts in South Denmark Philharmonic’s new series, "New Ways in a Classical World,” that will include such works as Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 and Stravinsky's Sacre de Printemps. At Hofteateret in Copenhagen, she leads Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte with members of the Royal Danish Orchestra and Nontardar.dk. She also serves as assistant conductor in the opera Luft by Line Tjørnhøj with the Royal Danish Opera. Future engagements include guesting with the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestra of India and further returns to the South Denmark Philharmonic conducting concerts in the new series, as well as a return to Odense Symphony in a concert featuring repertoire by famed composer John Williams (postponed to next season).
A strong supporter of modern opera, Maria Badstue made her 2012 opera debut premiering Lars Klit’s Angelo – La Opera in Copenhagen. Additional opera highlights include a 2015 Copenhagen premiere production of John Frandsen’s A Doll’s House with the Athelas Sinfonietta, and more recently, her acclaimed 2018 Swedish opera debut with a 14-performance run of Massenet’s Don Quixote and a gala performance with FolkOperan in Stockholm.
Her initiativies, INDK Symphonic Collaboration (founded 2018), hosted by The National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, India, aims to strengthen relations between the two countries, and Nordic Masterclass for Conductors (founded 2012), a collaboration with Professor Jorma Panula and the South Denmark Philharmonic, considered one of the most important conducting masterclasses in Europe today, promotes classical music as both an art form and as an important part of society.
Ms. Badstue’s honors and awards include prizewinner in the 5th Lovro von Matatic Competition, recipient of the Sonning Talent Prize, an Augustinus Foundation Jubilee Grant, and a Hämeenlinna City Orchestra Conductors Stipend. She has twice been awarded the Danish Conductors Association’s Arne Hammelboe Scholarship Grant. She also has the distinction of being only the second alumna to be named an honorary student at Thisted Gymnasium (her former high school). A trained trumpetist, she studied with Jorma Panula, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Ole Kristian Ruud. Her mentors include Jorma Panula and Marin Alsop.