Dawid Runtz most recently won 3rd Prize and the Audience Prize at the 1st International Hong Kong Conducting Competition (2018). In December 2017 he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Polish Royal Opera in Warsaw.
Maestro Runtz is a graduate of the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. As a star pupil in the class of Maestro Antoni Wit, Runtz made his conducting debut with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.
In December 2016 he studied with Jorma Panula during Conducting Masterclasses in the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre For Music in Lusławice, Poland.
In July 2016, he was chosen as one of four conductors from around the world to study with Maestro Riccardo Muti in Ravenna, Italy at the "Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy".
Dawid Runtz received an invitation to take part in Masterclasses with The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Daniele Gatti as one of four selected conductors.
Summer 2017 brought Runtz to conduct at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, The festival was created by Maestro Leonard Bernstein in 1990. Today the festival thrives under the artistic direction of Maestro Valery Giergiev.
In 2016 Dawid Runtz won second prize and two additional prizes at the 6th Witold Lutosławski Conducting Competition in Bialystok, Poland.
As a conductor he has conducted numerous orchestras and ensembles among them: The Royal Concertgebouw, Sinfonia Varsovia, Zagreb Philharmonic and Orchestra of Teatr Wielki - National Opera in Warsaw,
Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Warsaw Philharmonic, Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, and other.
Karpati & Zarewicz
Dawid Runtz is the beneficiary of numerous scholarships. Among the most prestigious : the Frederic Chopin Music University Rector's scholarship. In 2010 and 2017 he won the President of Wejherowo City award for high achievement in music. In 2015 he received a scholarship from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in the Republic of Poland. In January 2017 he was chosen to join a project supported by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage where he was an assistant conductor of the Warsaw Philharmonic.
Two years atfter graduation, February 2018, Dawid Runtz received the Medal Magna cum Laude given by the Frederic Chopin University of Music.
Most recently Dawid was invited to study among the most highly select group of young conductors at the Tanglewood Music Festival / Boston Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts, USA.
In 2018 Dawid Runtz completed a tour with the Sinfonia Varsovia in Lithuania as a part of the 100th anniversary of independence of the Republic of Poland.
In November 2018 he conducted the opening concert of the Krzysztof Penderecki Festival with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra on the occassion of the composer's 85th birthday.
Dawid Runtz is represented by Ludwig van Beethoven Association.
updated: January 2019
Karpati & Zarewicz
Principal Conductor of Pacific Music Fesitval
"The concert with the Festival Orchestra was a great success for Dawid since he has a great way to convince and lead the orchestra to play his way.
Sapporo, August 2017
Director of Warsaw Philharmonic
in years 2002-2013
"He became known as an extremely talented as well as hard-working artist. Therefore it is not surprising that he has already achieved significant successes".
Warsaw, May 2016
Juilliard School in New York
"I had a pleasure of meeting young Maestro David Runtz at the Riccardo Muti Music Academy in Ravenna.
I saw and heard his conducting. In my opinion he is a gifted artist with the talent to have an important international career".
New York, October 2016
Professor of Kraków Academy of Music
"I had an opportunity to observe this highly gifted artist during concerts at which he conducted the classical repertoire as well as my works. Recently he took part in Arboretum Composers Competition named after me and he excellently conducted works by laureats of the competition".
Warsaw, December 2017
"Phenomenal person. Clear, precise and extremely charismatic, sometimes even nonchalant, but within of good taste. Undoubtedly confident in each of his gesture - anyway gesture providing incredible joy deriving from conducting."
"Uroczysty koncert „Requiem” w bazylice św. Krzyża wykonały dwie orkiestry – Sinfonia Varsovia oraz znana z występu podczas Festiwalu „Chopin i jego Europa” czeska orkiestra barokowa Collegium 1704 pod batutą Dawida Runtza. Młody polski dyrygent, który dopiero w 2016 roku ukończył Studia na Uniwersytecie Muzycznym Fryderyka Chopina, z wielką maestrią poprowadził tak wielki zespół wykonawców, za co otrzymał zasłużone brawa. (...)
Zachwyceni słuchacze na stojąco domagali się bisu lub choćby powtórzenia „Lacrimosy”. (...) Wzruszony tłum opuszczał kościół przez piętnaście minut, bo samo miejsce i doskonałe wykonanie utworu żegnającego Fryderyka Chopina nastrajało wszystkich do przemyśleń o zmarłych i do pożegnań z nimi tak charakterystycznych dla tej pory roku."
"David Runtz stood out already before he began to conduct; his good look, elegance (...). My attention drew the artistic repertoire of gestures translating into what is happening in the music. But it was not a reason for the uniqueness of interpretation of the Overture to the opera "La Forza del Destino" by Giuseppe Verdi. (...). This 24-years old conductor knew how to get enormous power from the work. This energy was condensed and based not on the volume - but it was also not lacking. The energy consisted of a carefully leading the melody, keeping
a calm and waiting for the reverb - skillful using of rests. They had dramaturgical meaning, were sinister and adequate to the content of the opera and overture. In the melody could feel the knowledge of bel canto - David Runtz skillfully translated vocal
expression into instuments."