Born in Poland in 1981, Marzena Diakun studied piano before taking up the baton under the guidance of Mieczyslaw Gawronski, at the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, where she graduated in Musical Arts in 2010. She completed her post-graduate studies at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna under Uros Lajovic’s, and attended a number of masterclasses with Jerzy Salwarwoski, Marek Tracz, Gabriel Chmura, Howard Griffiths, Colin Metters, Kurt Masur and Pierre Boulez, the latter as part of the Lucerne Festival Academy. She is currently a tenured lecturer at the Wroclaw Academy, having led her own conducting class since 2013.
Marzena Diakun received 2nd Prize at both the Prague Spring Competition for Conductors in 2007 and the Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in 2012, and was the first Polish conductor ever awarded a prize. She also reached the final stages in the Lutoslawski competition in 2006, as well as the Cadaques and Donatella Flick in 2008.
Recent engagements include the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra and the Rzeszow Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland; the Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra, the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Zlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Berg Orchestra in the Czech Republic; the Connecticut Chamber Virtuosi (USA),the Jenaer Philharmoniker Orchester (Germany), the National Radio Symphony Orchestra (Slovenia), the Presidential Symphony Orchestra (Turkey), and is a regular guest of the ‘Smash Ensemble’, a Spanish-based contemporary music ensemble, with which she premiered numerous Spanish composers’ works in Spain, Portugal, Lithuania and Germany.
Previously, Marzena was appointed as Assistant-Conductor to Jerzy Maksymiuk at the Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrey Boreyko at the Berner Symphony Orchestra. In the United States, she worked with maestro Richard Rosenberg for the National Music Festival (USA), as a result she conducted several concerts with the Festival Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, she was a recipient of a Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood Music Festival, and won the Marin Alsop’s Taki Concordia Fellowship.
In 2005, she received the highest distinction award from the Polish Minister of Art. Then in 2013, she was named ‘Artist of the Year’ in her native city of Koszalin and has been nominated to receive the Prize of the city of Wroclaw in the Classical Music category.
In 2015, to great critical acclaim, Marzena was appointed as Assistant-Conductor at the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris, alongside Finnish conductor Mikko Franck.