Music Director and Conductor
In addition to his position with the RWB, Tadeusz Biernacki is Music Director and Conductor of Saskatoon Opera, as well as Assistant Music Director, Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master of Manitoba Opera. Biernacki was born in Czestochowa, Poland where he began his music education at the early age of four. He won the Karol Szymanowski competition in Warsaw in 1976 and earned his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Conservatory of Music in Katowice in 1978. He has performed as a soloist in many European countries. Biernacki settled in Canada in 1978 and continued his studies with Professor Marek Jablonski at the University of Manitoba and Banff School of Fine Arts.
As a winner of the 1980 Young Artist’s Competition, Biernacki has toured Canada extensively in solo and chamber music recitals. In 1983 he began his association with the Manitoba Opera and in 1988 with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. He made his conducting debut with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 1992. In 1995 he conducted The Abduction from Seraglio for Manitoba Opera and has since conducted Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Music Baroque Ensemble, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (USA), Thessaloniki State Orchestra (Greece), Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Royal Winnipeg Ballet Orchestra.
Biernacki has branched out into composition with his one act opera Happy Campers composed for the Manitoba Opera School Tour in 1997, as well as numerous symphonic arrangements and orchestrations with other organizations. Charlies Kreuzfahrt, a full-length ballet commissioned for Stadtische Theater Chemnitz in Germany, received its world premiere on March 15 2005. Feeling equally at home with choral music, Biernacki has been Music Director of Sokol Polish Folk Ensemble since 1980. Under his leadership the ensemble has made several recordings and has toured Canada and abroad. Biernacki maintains a busy schedule as pianist in solo and chamber recitals as well as an accompanist for many opera singers.