Conductor Gabriela Tardonová (née Piszkaliková) was born in Karviná. At the age of five she joined the selective musical group Permoník. In 1998 she graduated in Chorusmastering from the Faculty of Education of the Ostrava University, followed by the study of Conducting at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno with Rostislav Hališka and Lubomír Mátl. In 2002 she participated in Zsolt Nagy’s conducting masterclasses in Ostrave and won their prize. In 2003–2004 Gabriela studied at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz (Austria) with Martin Sieghart. During this graduate scholarship she was selected to participate in the International Week Festival in Graz, conducting the university symphonic orchestra. Gabriela specialises in producing new operatic work (Markéta Dvořáková’s Giraffe Opera, Markéta Dvořáková and Ivo Medek’s MrTvá, or Josef Berg’s operas). Alongside Tomáš Krejčí, she is the principal conductor of the Brno Youth Symphonic Orchestra.
Since 2006, she has been working regularly with the Ensemble Opera Diversa as the ensemble’s principal conductor and member of its artistic team. Apart from conducting the new concert projects she has conducted the operas of Pavel Drábek and Ondřej Kyas, The Pumpkin Demon in a Vegetarian Restaurant (2010), Ponava (Lost Rivers) (2013) and The Conjuror and His Slave (2016). Since 2012, she has been the principal conductor of the ensemble in the concert programmes and has led the orchestra to a distinctive sound. Although the orchestra does not have staff employees, the company is stable in its personnel and is transforming into an excellently compact ensemble that ventures energetically into surprising niches of the musical repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries.
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