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 is a popular conductor in the Nordic countries, particularly Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. The recipient of a prestigious 2019-2021 Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship (TACF), in addition to her guest conducting, she is Artistic Director and Founder of Nordic Masterclass for Conductors (celebrating 10 years this 2023) and INDK Symphonic Collaboration (launched in 2018), and co-founder of Copenhagen’s The Ørestad Klassiske MusikFestival, a new music festival in focusing on youth and the environment launched in fall 2021.
This 2022-23 season, she makes debuts in Italy, France and the United States. In the fall, in Italy, she makes her orchestral debut with the Orchestre di Padova e del Veneto, and in France, she debuts with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice conducting Stravinsky’s Sacre de Printemps. In spring 2023, she makes her US debut with the Portland Opera conducting the production of THUMBPRINT by Kamala Sankaram.
Amongst the orchestras with which she has guested are Denmark’s South Denmark Philharmonic, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Royal Danish Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg, Randers Chamber Players, and the Danish National Chamber Orchestra; Sweden’s Gothenburg, Helsingborg, and Malmö symphonies, Orkester Norden, and Kristiansand Symphony; and the Romanian Radio Orchestra.
In addition to the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship, Ms. Badstue was a prizewinner in the 5th Lovro von Matatic Competition with the Croatian Radio and Television Orchestra, is a recipient of the Sonning Talent Prize, an Augustinus Foundation Jubilee Grant, and a Hämeenlinna City Orchestra Conductors Stipend.
A trained trumpetist, Maria Badstue worked professionally as a trumpetist in Denmark and Finland before focusing on a career in conducting. Previous posts include serving as assistant conductor to both Esa-Pekka Salonen (Philharmonia Orchestra, 2016/2017 season), and to Michael Boder (Wiener Staatsoper, production of Hindemith’s Cardillac 2015). Baddsgtue holds Master’s degrees in Orchestral Conducting from the Norwegian State Academy, and in Trumpet Performance from the Danish National Academy of Music.