The conductor Mariusz Smolij has won great acclaim from the international press, and has led over one hundred and ten orchestras on four continents, appearing in some of the most prestigious concert halls of the world. In North America, among many others, he has collaborated with the Houston Symphony (Resident Conductor 2000–2003), New Jersey Symphony, Orchestra of Chicago Lyric Opera, Rochester Philharmonic NY, Indianapolis Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. He also enjoys a notable reputation performing with important orchestras of Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, Israel, Holland, Canada, South Africa, China, Serbia, Bulgaria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and his native Poland. He has directed concerts at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Tonhalle, Zurich, the Salle Gaveau, Paris, the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the National Centre for the Arts, Beijing, and the Warsaw National Philharmonic Concert Hall. He is the founding member of the Penderecki String Quartet, former artistic director of the Lutosławski Philharmonic Orchestra, Wrocław, and the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans, Poland, and currently serves as Music Director of the Acadiana Symphony in Louisiana and Riverside Symphonia in New Jersey. His recordings for Naxos include releases of works by Andrzej Panufnik, Tadeusz Szeligowski, Miklós Rózsa, Eugene Zádor and Ernst Bloch. In 2015, his recording of music by Polish female composer Grażyna Bacewicz won the Fryderyk Award, the Polish equivalent of the GRAMMY®.