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Dawid Runtz, photo by Karpati & Zarewicz

The applause of the orchestra members at the end of the concert and the overall atmosphere that visibly projected the sympathy between the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and the conductor were a confirmation of the high artistic level and exceptional abilities of the young conductor. 


Zdenka Weber



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Chief Conductor at the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra since January 2021 for three upcoming seasons and Principal Conductor
at the Polish Royal Opera since 2017, Dawid is increasingly recognised internationally for his impeccable, elegant technique, thorough command of complex scores, extraordinary sensitivity, effective communication, and uniquely evocative performances. 


His work with the ZPO so far has featured critically acclaimed performances of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Schumann’s
Cello Concerto in A minor. In 2019, he toured Kuwait with the Orchestra, and in January 2020, conducted the concert celebrating
the official assumption of the presidency of the Council of European Union by Croatia at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
in Rome, which ultimately determined his current tenure with the ensemble.


Warsaw-based Polish conductor made his conducting debut in 2016 with the Orchestra of the Warsaw Philharmonic after graduating
from the Fryderyk Chopin Music University in the class of Maestro Antoni Wit. He has been in high demand as a guest conductor
with majority of Poland’s finest orchestras since, and has established a reputation as one of the most charismatic conductors to emerge
in this part of Europe in recent years.


Future highlights as guest conductor feature invitations from Sinfonieorchester Liechtenstein, Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra, Kraków Philharmonic, Opera Nova Bydgoszcz.


Most notable among Dawid’s guest conducting projects to date include a successful Japanese debut with the Pacific Festival Orchestra
in Sapporo, conducting Strauss’s Don Juan at the closing concert, a tour of Lithuania with the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence with the repertoire of Bacewicz’s Concerto for String Orchestra, Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Beethoven’s Symphony No.7, the opening concert of the Krzysztof Penderecki Festival with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra on the occasion of the composer’s 85th birthday, and a concert with the same orchestra at the 10. La Folle Journée festival, as well as engagements with Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Polish Radio Orchestra, among others. This year, Dawid has led the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra at the 25th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw in the programme of Beethoven's Egmont Overture,  Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major and Mozart’s Symphony No.36 in C major.


 As an opera conductor, Dawid made a noted debut in 2015 with the production of Dariusz Przybylski’s Orphee at the Warsaw Chamber Opera. Also that year, he commenced his 3-year cooperation with the Grand Theatre - National Opera in Warsaw, where he assisted
in the productions of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and Die Zauberflöte, Verdi’s Nabucco and a ballet performance The Tempest with music by Henry Purcell, Thomas Tallis, Robert Johnson, Matthew Locke, Michel van der Aa.


His current tenure at the Polish Royal Opera sees Dawid leading two new productions per season and appearing regularly in the Opera’s symphonic concert series. His repertoire there has included premiers of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro,
Così fan tutte, La finta giardiniera and performances of Moniuszko’s The Hounted Manor.


Past achievements that have built up Dawid’s distinctive conducting craft include participation in the 2. edition of the Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy (2016), where he worked on Verdi’s La Traviata under the watchful eye of Ricardo Muti himself, as the youngest of four carefully selected participants. He also took part in the prestigious masterclass with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam led by Daniele Gatti (2017), conducting Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and  Stravinsky’s Petrushka.  


Dawid has also worked with the prominent film score composer, Zbigniew Preisner, on recording music for Valley of Shadows (Jonas 2017, dir. Matzow Gulbrandsen), Lian Qu 1980 (2020, dir. Feng Mei) and Man of God (2020, dir. Yelena Popovic).


In 2018, Dawid won the 3rd Prize and the Audience Prize at the 1st International Hong Kong Conducting Competition, conducting Brahms Symphony No 3 in F major in the finals. Later that year, he worked with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as part of their Assistant Conductor auditions. While in America, he attended the renown Tanglewood Conducting Seminar led by Maestro Stefan Asbury.


The Polish conductor has also received numerous domestic conducting awards and scholarships, and was an Assistant Conductor to Maestro Jacek Kaspszyk at the Warsaw Philharmonic during 2017/18 artistic season, thanks to the Scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland.


Dawid is a lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin Music University in Warsaw where he has recently obtained his doctoral degree in Musical Arts: Conducting.





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Dawid Runtz, conductor, sitting on the table, fastening cuffs and looking away


Dawid Runtz, conductor, photographed during a aconcert, conducts holiding a baton in a concert hall


5 Apr 2021

The world premiere of Opałka's Ars Moriendi. Requiem Giocoso at the Polish Royal Opera

Dawid will lead the ensembles of the Polish Royal Opera in the world premiere of the  new opera work by a young Polish coposer Tomasz J. Opałka Ars Moriendi. Requiem Giocoso, commissioned by the PRO. The piece features themes of death and the inevitability of the ultimate end.

The premiere is planned for July this year at the Royal Theatre in Warsaw.

5 Jan 2021

Dawid becomes the new Chief Conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra

After a series of acclaimed perfromances with the Zagreb Philhrmonic Orchestra backed by an exceptional chemistry between the musicians and the condutor, Dawid has commenced his tenure with the ensamble spanning over the next three artistic seasons.

25 Mar 2021

Dawid leads Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra at the 25th jubilee Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw

Dawid conducts the  programme of Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Haydn's Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in E-flat major and  Mozart's Symphony No. 36 in C major at the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival,  the largest classical music festival and one of the most significant cultural events in Poland.

26 Feb 2021

A gala concert celebrating the Zagreb Philhamonic's 150th birthday at the Croatian National Theatre 

On the 25th Feb 2021, exactly 150 years after the first ever concert of the Zagreb Philharmonic, Dawid led the Orchestra during the gala concert held at the Croatian National Theater in the repoertoire of Berse's Dramatic Overture, Smetana's Vltava, Palanović's Stone Stars and Maurice Ravel's Bolero. The event was broadcasted live by the Croatian Radio and Television. 





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A scrennshot of the title of the article from a Croatian magazine regarding his tenure as a Chief Conductor with Zagreb Philharmonic

To me, the repertoire should not only succumb to the audiences, but also be in the service of the orchestra's progress, enabling new challenges, encouraging musicians to exercise, thus keeping them fresh and awake (...)

Tena Šarčević

Feature | 13 Dec 2020

Polish wunderkind the chief of the Philharmonic: 'I have never clicked with any orchestra like I have in Zagreb'

Dawid Runtz, conductor, photographed during a concert in an expressive pose, conducting with a baton at a concert hall

Cooperation between the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and Dawid Runtz in the performance of Bersa's Dramatic Overture, Op. 25a  and one of the most glamorous orchestral scores of the beginning of the 20th century, Stravisky's Right of Spring, as well as the conductor's attention in the performance of one of the most beloved solo concertos, Schumann's Cello in A minor (...) confirmed the highest level of mutual respect and understanding between the conductor and the orchestra and inevitably caused enthusiasm in the audience.

Zdenka Weber

Acclaim | 6 Feb 2020

Born to conduct

Dawid Runtz, conducto, on the front page of the La Vie magazine, a portrait with a baton

The most important thing is respect for the composer and the score – that’s what I learned from my professor” says Dawid Runtz, the principal conductor of the Polish Royal Opera.

Katarzyna Skorksa

La Vie

Feature | 14 Jan 2019

Music is my guide

Dawid Runtz, conductor, a portrait photographed in a studio, standing in a black coat and looking up and away

The way Dawid Runtz led through the utterly complex Rite of Spring was admirable. Conducting by heart - the astonishing feature of only the most capable, focused and, potentially, the greatest conductors -he led each movement with precision, convincing dynamics and imperssive silences where necessary, reliably mastering the whole great orchestral apparatus. 


Zdenka Weber

Dawid Runtz, conductor, a portrait photographed in a studio, standing in a black coat and looking up and away


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