Winner, 2003 Eduardo Mata

International Conducting Competition

Music Director, Riverside Philharmonic

Artistic Director, Village Concerts

Conductor • Composer • Violinist

"The ensemble of 30-plus players closed the evening with an eye-opening reading of Mendelssohn's familiar "Symphony No. 4 (Italian)." Golka and the players opened the first movement with tremendous vigor, maintaining a crackling energy throughout. Soaring musical statements, delicately layered, cohesive ensemble playing and constant awareness of the piece's structure created a thrilling performance of the entire piece.... Intimacy and well-balanced ensemble interplay were the elements that conductor Tomasz Golka and the players brought to [Wagner's 'Siegfried Idyll']. Hearing them play felt like being part of a private conversation, or perhaps reading a tender letter."

— Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 12, 2008

Tomasz Golka conducts Rossini's

Overture (Sinfonia) to 

Il barbiere di Siviglia

Tomasz Golka, Music Director •

The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew's

Photo by Jeff Bandy