Maria Anna Sydor
was born in 1991 in Oberlin, Ohio, the USA, to a Polish-American family with musical traditions. She graduated from the following faculties: Leading Music Ensembles, Choir Conducting in the class of professor Krzysztof Kusiel-Moroz at the Frédéric Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and Symphony and Opera Conducting in the class of ad. dr hab. Szymon Bywalc at the Karol Szymanowski in Katowice Academy of Music. Since September 2020, Maria has worked as an Assistant Conductor at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin.
The conductor has performed in many concert halls: at the Silesian Philharmonic, the Silesian Opera, the Szczecin Philharmonic, the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, the Mazovian Cultural Centre, Small Philharmonic, Łazienki Królewskie, Old Orangery, Warsaw Cultural Education Centre and the Presidential Palace.
Sydor has collaborated with such ensembles and orchestras as Silesian Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Silesian Philharmonic, Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Academic Symphony and Chamber Orchestra in Wrocław, Choir of the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechatronics of the University of Warsaw, "Echo" ensemble – Polish Association of the Blind in Warsaw.
In 2017, she participated in the 2nd National Adam Kopyciński Competition for Students of Conducting in Wrocław, where she got to the second stage, being among the 12 best Polish conducting students.
During numerous music workshops and concerts, Maria Sydor performed, among others, L. van Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 and 7, Modest Mussorgsky's Night on the Bare Mountain, Paul Dukas's The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Bela Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra, Johanns Brahms Symphony No. 2, Felix Mendelssohn's Overture Hebrides, Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 2 and 4, Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin, Pyotr Tchaikovsky Suite Op. 20 from Swan Lake, Mieczysław Karłowicz Serenade for string orchestra.