Dawid Runtz, chief conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and chief conductor of the Royal Opera of Poland, is known for his impeccable, elegant technique, his thorough mastery of complex scores, his exceptional sensitivity and his atmospheric performances.
After graduating from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in the class of Maestro Antoni Wit, he made his debut with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra in 2016. He was assistant conductor to Jacek Kaspszyk at the Warsaw Philharmonic (2017/18, scholarship from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage) and has since been a sought-after guest conductor with most of Poland’s top orchestras.
His previous successes include participation in the Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy (2016), the master class of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the direction of Daniele Gatti (2017), the Tanglewood Conducting Seminar, work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (2018, auditions for assistant conductors) as well as the 3rd prize and the audience prize at the 1st International Hong Kong Conducting Competition (2018.)
His most notable projects include a Japanese debut with the Pacific Festival Orchestra in Sapporo, a tour of Lithuania with the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, performances with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra at the Krzysztof Penderecki Festival Orchestra on the composer’s 85th birthday and at the 10th La Folle Journée Festival in Warsaw, concert with the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra at the 25th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, acclaimed performances of Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps and Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor with the Zagreb Philharmonic and engagements with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio, the Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini, the Orchestra of the Beethoven Academy, the Sinfonietta Cracovia, the Polish Radio Orchestra, Liechtenstein Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Oldenburg Theater, Krakow Philharmonic, and many others.
In 2022, Dawid Runtz won the prestigious “Orlando Award” presented by Croatian Radio and Television (HRT).