One of the most famous Polish female conductors, Agnieszka Duczmal , will be the Head of the Semifinal Jury at this weekend’s semifinal. Shewas born to a family with musical traditions and in 1971 she graduated with distinction from the State Higher School of Music in Poznań where she studied conducting in the class of Professor Witold Krzemiński, then as a conductor in the Poznań Opera where she prepared the Polish premiere of Benjamin Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream, a premiere of Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto and Sergey Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet.
When she was still a student, Agnieszka founded a chamber orchestra in 1968, which was transformed into the Polish Radio and Television Chamber Orchestra in 1977, and then into a Chamber Orchestra of the Polish Radio ‘’Amadeus’’. Since the very beginnings of the Orchestra Agnieszka Duczmal has been its managing and artistic director.
In 1982 she was awarded the title of "La donna del mondo" (The woman of the world) by the Saint Vincent International Culture Centre in Rome under the patronage of UNESCO and the president of Italy for outstanding cultural, artistic and social achievements. She was the first female conductor to perform at La Scale in Milan. Up until 2010 she has recorded 47 records with the "Amadeus" Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra and over 9500 minutes of music for Polish Radio. She has recorded more than 100 concerts and musical programmes for Polish Television, e.g. in the "Stereo and in Colour" series and "Agnieszka Duczmal's guests", five hours of music for Télévision Française 1, and a one-hour programme with Polish music for Japanese television NHK. For many years she has promoted young talented Polish musicians in series of concerts.