Marián Lejava
conductor / composer

Born in Bratislava, Marián Lejava studied orchestral conducting at Academy of Perfoming Art in Bratislava (1996–2005) with Bystrík Režucha and Ondrej Lenárd. He took part in several summer conducting programmes: academies and courses, where he continued his studies and was trained all above by Gunther Herbig, Péter Eötvös, Zsolt Nagy and Iván Fischer.
Since his conservatory studies and during academy years he performed and premiered around 80 works by Slovak and foreign composers and established himself as a leading Slovak conductor of contemporary music.
During the last two years at academy he turned his attention to opera and later he become assistant to Ondrej Lenárd in Academy Opera Studio. In the same time he was invited to work with Slovak Radio Orchestra.
Since 2000 he has become a leading conductor of VENI ensemble – prominent Slovak group specialized on new music with preoccupation for Slovak and American authors. Very soon he took part in ensemble´s major project including appearances at festival Evening of New Music with Jon Rose, Gavin Bryars, Elliot Sharp, Hillary Jeffery or Louis Andriessen.
In 2003 and 2004 he was assistant to Zsolt Nagy during festival Ostrava New Music Days and a year later he became one of the festival conductors. Since that time he has been regularly invited to conduct Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava.
In 2006 he was invited to prepare and conduct premiere of new Slovak ballet Don Juan in Slovak National Theatre. Since this cooperation Lejava has been permanently working for Slovak National Opera and Ballet,  each season preparing new opera and ballet productions, including contemporary operatic works. In 2008 he colaborated on Haydn´s L´isola Disabitata with Andrew Parrott.
Soon after his first opera experiences Lejava was invited to cooperate with Slovak Philharmonic.
Since 2007 he has been artistic director and conductor of the Academy Opera Studio at Bratislava Academy of Perfoming Art.

In 2009 he conducted the Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina for the first time and except the new opera production for The National Theatre with Haydn’s L’isola disabitata, he performed Anton Zimmermann´s newly rediscovered melodrama Perseus et Andromeda with Musica Aeterna on period instruments.
In November 2009 he opened festival for contemporary music Melos Ethos 2009 with Louis Andriessen’s Mausoleum and De Staat in the presence of the composer.
In april 2010 he led the opera events with celebrated Bohuslav Martinů (Miracles of Mary, Comedy on the Bridge) as a part of the Academy Opera Studio.
The next period found Lejava working as an assistent to Gerd Albrecht in Shanghai (May 2010) and conductor assistent to Christian Arming for Dvořák´s Rusalka in Theatre National du Loraine, Nancy (September-October 2010). As a result of good aclaims he was asked to open concert season with two concerts performing works by N. Sani, F. Chopin and J. Brahms. Succesful concerts gave him a new contracts with Opera National de Lorrain in Nancy fo V. Weinbergs opera Le Portrait and concert with Beethoven and Dvořák for March 2011. In autumn 2010 he started to prepare Mozart´s Don Giovanni in Academy Opera Studio. He conducted opening concert of New Slovak Music festival with two premieres by Jozef Podprocký and Viera Janárčeková.