Polish conductor Mariusz Smolij has garnered much critical acclaim from the international press, and has led over 130 orchestras in 28 countries. In North America he has collaborated with the Houston Symphony (resident conductor, 2000–03), New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, among many others. 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 and former artistic director of the Lutosławski Philharmonic Orchestra, Wrocław, and the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans, Poland. He currently serves as music director of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra in Louisiana, the Riverside Symphonia in New Jersey and the International Karol Lipiński Violin Festival and Competition in Toruń, Poland.
His recordings for Naxos include releases of works by Andrzej Panufnik, Tadeusz Szeligowski, Eugene Zádor and Ernst Bloch. In 2015, his recording of music by female Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz won the prestigious Fryderyk Award.