Polish conductor Mariusz Smolij has won great acclaim from the international press and has led over 120 orchestras on four continents. In North America he has collaborated with the Houston Symphony (resident conductor, 2000–03), the New Jersey Symphony, the Orchestra of Chicago Lyric Opera, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Symphony Nova Scotia and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.
He also enjoys a notable reputation performing with important orchestras in Europe, South Africa and China. 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, the Riverside Symphonia in New Jersey and the Toruń Symphony Orchestra in Poland.
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 [Naxos 8.573229], won the prestigious Fryderyk Award.