Barbara Dragan is oficially extended as Young Associate Conductor at Orchestre National de France for the season 2023/24. With ONF she recorded music by Mathieu Lamboley and Olivier Daviaud, and is assisting Cristian Măcelaru, Kazuki Yamada, Daniele Gatti, François-Xavier Roth, Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Trevor Pinnock among others.
Upcoming highlights include:
recordings with the ONF for the Olympic Games Paris 2024, debut at the Opera de Toulon
season 2023/24: debuts with Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Opera de Toulon, Sinfonia Varsovia (Poland), Philharmonic Choir Tokyo (Japan), Symphony Nova Scotia (Canada)
Barbara is the recipient of a Claussen-Simon Stiftung scholarship in 2023/24.
She is a graduate of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg (Konzertexamen), Universität der Künste in Berlin (Masters). She took part as conducting fellow in Cabrillo New Music Festival in Santa Cruz and Ravinia Festival in Chicago. In the season 2021/22 she was named Conducting Fellow at the Dallas Opera Hart Institute. Dragan is an award recipient of the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship (TACF) and has been invited to numerous finals of the most prestigious international conducting competitions: the Mahler Competition in Barmberg, the Princess Astrid Conducting Competition in Trondheim, the Svetlanov Conducting Competition in Monaco, German Conductors’ Award in Cologne, or International Besançon Competition.
Dragan was born into a Polish family of scientists. She started playing the violin at the age of five. Whilst studying the violin and the oboe, she passed her final exams in advanced mathematics and physics.
She conducted several professional orchestras such as Orchestre National de France, NOSPR Katowice, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Sinfonia Varsovia, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Bochumer Symphoniker, Magdeburgische Philharmonie, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Festival Orchestra Wien, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt.