Maestro Stephen Czarkowski, based in Washington,
D.C., stands as a prominent figure in the realms of classical music and education, being a celebrated conductor, cellist, and educator.
His conducting career, spanning nearly two decades,
is adorned with rich experiences. As of 2023, he serves as the Music Director and Conductor for the Central Pennsylvania Symphony and holds the title of Principal Guest Conductor of the Newark Symphony Orchestra. His baton has led the National Symphony Orchestra during its National Conducting Institute under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. Furthermore, he’s extended his expertise to orchestras in diverse locations from Honolulu, HI to the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and the Symphony of the Potomac.
Over eleven seasons with the Apollo Orchestra, Czarkowski not only conducted but also collaborated with eminent soloists from institutions like the New York Philharmonic and Washington National Opera. Many of these collaborations culminated in memorable performances at the iconic Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. His association with the York Symphony since 2015, as Assistant Conductor, has seen him share the stage with Music Director Lawrence Golan.
In the sphere of cello performance, Czarkowski exhibits versatility, performing both as a soloist and as a member of the Tryos Ensemble, harmonizing with trumpeter Neil Brown.
On the academic front, he boasts a Graduate Artist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting from the Catholic University of America. Further, he has a Masters’ Degree in both Cello Performance and Conducting, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Cello from Mannes College, all pursued under the expert guidance of Carter Brey, the renowned Principal Cellist of the New York Philharmonic.
A passionate educator, Czarkowski actively leads the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra, the Symphonette at Landon School, and orchestras at both Norwood School and Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School. His youth ensembles have showcased their talent at prestigious venues like the Library of Congress, Hershey Park Music Showcase Festival, and Orlando Music Festival. He’s also conducted masterclasses at notable institutions including West Point Military Academy, The Catholic University of America, Howard County Schools, and Loudon County Schools.
Outside the concert hall and classroom, Czarkowski serves on the International Conductor’s Guild Board of Directors and holds esteemed positions on The New School Alumni Council and The Paper Bag Mask Foundation Board of Directors.