About

Barbara Dragan is one of the most exciting batons in Europe and was named Young Associate Conductor at Orchestre National de France for the 2023/24 season.
Dragan has led renowned orchestras such as Orchestre National de France, NOSPR Katowice, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Sinfonia Varsovia, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Bochumer Symphoniker, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Magdeburgische Philharmonie, Festival Orchestra Wien, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, and Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt.

Born into a Polish family of scientists, Dragan started playing violin at the age of five. While studying violin and oboe, she passed her final exams in advanced mathematics and physics, though music would have the last word. Dragan studied at Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg and at Universität der Künste in Berlin.
She acted as Conducting Fellow at Cabrillo New Music Festival in Santa Cruz and Ravinia Festival in Chicago. In 2021/22 season she was named Conducting Fellow at the Dallas Opera Hart Institute and was also the recipient of the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship (TACF). She is assisting Cristian Măcelaru, Kazuki Yamada, Daniele Gatti, François-Xavier Roth, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and Trevor Pinnock, among others.

Dragan recorded the musical fairy tale “Lena and the Enchanted Orchestra” composed by Mathieu Lamboley, recently released in French and published by Éditions Gallimard, to warm reviews. With a specialty in Mozart, Franck, and Ravel, her direction of Gounod’s Faust was lauded for how it “maintained taut control … suavely managed tension and phrased naturally” (Scott Cantrell, Dallas News).

Upcoming highlights include recordings with the ONF for the Paris Olympic Games 2024, and debuts at Opera de Toulon, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Sinfonia Varsovia, Philharmonic Choir Tokyo, and Symphony Nova Scotia.

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Recordings

Léna et l'orchestre enchanté - Album by Gallimard Jeunesse, Mathieu Lamboley, Orchestre National De France

Léna et l’orchestre enchanté with Orchestre National de France, 2022 for Gallimard Jeunesse

Le Secret de la Licorne : les Aventures de Tintin

Music to podcast “TinTin et le Secret de la Licorne” with Orchestre National de France, 2023 for France Music

Event list

  • Sat
    13
    Jan
    2024

    LÉNA ET L’ORCHESTRE ENCHANTÉ, Orchestre National de France, Paris

    https://www.maisondelaradioetdelamusique.fr/evenement/concert-jeune-public/lena-et-lorchestre-enchante-julie-gayet

    BARBARA DRAGAN conductor

    MATTHIEU LAMBOLEY original music

    ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE

  • Thu
    25
    Jan
    2024

    Carmina Burana, Orchestre National de France, Paris

    Kazuki Yamada conductor
    Barbara Dragan cover conductor

    Orchestre National de France

     

  • Fri
    26
    Jan
    2024
    Sun
    28
    Jan
    2024

    Folle Journée with Sinfonia Varsovia

    France
    Mendelssohn : Concerto pour violon et orchestre n°2 en mi mineur opus 64
    Mendelssohn : Le Songe d’une nuit d’été opus 61, extraits
    Aylen PRITCHIN, violon
    Sinfonia Varsovia
  • Thu
    01
    Feb
    2024

    Symphony Nova Scotia, Halifax

    Ljubica Marić: Music for Orchestra
    W.A.Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 1 in G
    W.A.Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C Major, “Jupiter”
    Barbara Dragan, conductor
    Demarre McGill, flute
    Symphony Nova Scotia
  • Fri
    16
    Feb
    2024
    Sat
    17
    Feb
    2024

    Tokyo, Nagoya, Japan

    concerts shared with Kazuki Yamada

    details tba

  • Thu
    07
    Mar
    2024
    Sat
    09
    Mar
    2024

    Olympic Games recordings

    Paris

    recording sessions for Olympic Games with Orchestre National de France

  • Thu
    21
    Mar
    2024

    JUBILÉ DU NATIONAL 1

    Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris

    HECTOR BERLIOZ La Damnation de Faust

    ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE
    Cristian Macelaru direction

    Barbara Dragan cover conductor

  • Tue
    26
    Mar
    2024

    JUBILÉ DU NATIONAL 2

    Philharmonie de Paris

    PAUL DUKAS  L’Apprenti sorcier
    HENRI DUTILLEUX  Tout un monde lointain, concerto pour violoncelle
    CLAUDE DEBUSSY Images
    MAURICE RAVEL Boléro

    Gautier Capucon violoncelle

    ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE
    Cristian Macelaru direction

    Barbara Dragan cover conductor

  • Fri
    12
    Apr
    2024
    Fri
    03
    May
    2024

    Orchestre de Paris

    recording sessions with Orchestre de Paris

  • Thu
    18
    Apr
    2024

    Opera de Toulon, France

    Beethoven - 5. Piano Concerto Emperor
    Beethoven - 3. Symphony Eroica
    Barbara Dragan - conductor
    Leonardo Pierdomenico - piano
    Orchestre de l’Opéra de Toulon
  • Sun
    26
    May
    2024

    Viva l’Orchestra !

    Maison de la Radio et de la Musique - Auditorium, Paris

    ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE FRANCE
    BARBARA DRAGAN
    direction

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