Music Director & Conductor Piotr Gajewski
With one foot in the United States, as the Music Director & Conductor
of the National Philharmonic at the Music Center at Strathmore, and the
other in Europe, as the newly appointed Guest Conductor of the Silesian
Philharmonic (Katowice, Poland) as well as a frequent guest at other orchestras,
the jet-set maestro’s seemingly limitless repertoire, mostly conducted
without a score, amazes critics and audiences alike.
Maestro Gajewski is one of a select group of American conductors equally
at home in nearly all musical genres. A sought after guest conductor,
a recent season saw him conduct Bach at the Northwest Bach Festival, Prokofiev
with the South Florida Symphony and Copland in Jelenia Gora, Poland. While
Gajewski freely admits that Mozart is perhaps his favorite composer, he
ventures as far as Barry Manilow and beyond at Pops Concerts, and has
led several dozen world premieres, including a recent one of the opera
Lost Childhood by the American composer Janice Hamer.
A committed arts educator, Maestro Gajewski is the muscle behind the National
Philharmonic’s groundbreaking “All Kids, All Free, All The
Time” initiative, as well as the creation of summer institutes for
young string players and singers, master classes with esteemed visiting
artists, and a concerto competition for high school students. Working
with the Montgomery County Public Schools, Gajewski also established and
conducts annual concerts for all MCPS second- grade students, some 12,000
In his native Poland, Gajewski has appeared with the Warsaw Philharmonic,
the Krakow Philharmonic and with most other major orchestras. Since 2007,
he also regularly serves as the only American on the jury of the prestigious
Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors.
Gajewski began studying piano at age four. After immigrating to the United
States in 1969, he continued his studies at the Preparatory Division of
the New England Conservatory, at Carleton College in Minnesota, and at
the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where he
earned B.M. and M.M. degrees in orchestral conducting. His conducting
mentors, in addition to Bernstein, with whom he studied at the Tanglewood
Music Center on a Leonard Bernstein Conducting Fellowship, include such
luminaries as Seiji Ozawa, André Previn, Gunther Schuller and Maurice
Maestro Gajewski’s many honors include Poland’s Knight’s
Cross of the Order of Merit bestowed on him by the President of Poland,
and a prize at New York’s Leopold Stokowski Conducting Competition.
A true Renaissance man, when away from music Gajewski continues to play
competitive soccer, holds a law degree and a license to practice law in
two states, and from 2007-2011 served on his hometown (Rockville, Maryland)
Piotr Gajewski is represented worldwide by Sciolino Artist Management.