BARBARA DRAGAN (Poland), born into a family of scientists and engineers, started playing the violin at age five and graduated from a music high school 13 years later. While studying violin and oboe, she passed her final exams in advanced mathematics and physics. She is currently studying with Prof. Steven Sloane and Harry Curtis at the Universität der Künste Berlin (International Conducting Academy). Prior to her studies there, she was a student at the Frédéric Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Dragan has taken part in many masterclasses, including those led by Colin Metters, Jorma Panula, Sian Edwards, and Antony Hermus. She is an award recipient of the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship (TACF) and the German DAAD Scholarship. Dragan has conducted several professional orchestras, such as the Magdeburgische Philharmonie, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Bochumer Symphoniker, Polish Radio Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Vienna Festival Orchestra, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Beethoven’s Academy Orchestra, Zagreb Chamber Orchestra and Frédéric Chopin University of Music Symphony Orchestra.