Born in Poland in 1981, Marzena Diakun studied piano before taking up under the guidance of Mieczyslaw Gawronski, at the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, where she graduated in Musical Arts in 2010. She completed her post-graduate studies at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna in Uros Lajovic’s class, and attended numerous masterclasses with conductors Jerzy Salwarwoski, Marek Tracz as well as Gabriel Chmura, Howard Griffiths, Colin Metters, Kurt Masur and Pierre Boulez, the latter as part of the Luzern Festival Academy. She is currently a tenured lecturer at the Wroclaw Academy, having led her own conducting class since 2013.
Marzena Diakun received 2nd Prize at both the Prague Spring Competition for Conductors in 2007 and the Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in 2012, and was the first Polish conductor ever awarded a prize. She also reached final stages in competitions such as Lutoslawski in 2006, Cadaques and Donatella Flick, both in 2008.
Recent engagements include Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Rzeszow Philharmonic Orchestra, Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra, Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland), Zlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and Berg Orchestra (Czech Republic), Connecticut Chamber Virtuosi (USA), Jenaer Philharmoniker Orchester (Germany), National Radio Symphony Orchestra (Slovenia), Presidential Symphony Orchestra (Turkey), and is a regular guest of the ‘Smash Ensemble’, a Spanish-based contemporary music ensemble, with which she premiered numerous Spanish composers’ works in Spain, Portugal, Lithuania and Germany.
Previously, Marzena was appointed as Assistant-Conductor of Jerzy Maksymiuk at the Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrey Boreyko at the Berner Symphony Orchestra. In the United States, she worked with conductor Richard Rosenberg for the National Music Festival (USA), as a result of which she conducted several concerts with the Festival Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, she was a recipient of Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood Music Festival, and won the Marin Alsop's Taki Concordia Fellowship.
She received the highest distinction award from the Polish Minister of Art in 2005. In 2013, was named ‘Artist of the Year’ in her native city of Koszalin and has been nominated to receive the Prize of the city of Wroclaw in the Classical Music category.
In 2015, Marzena was appointed as Assistant-Conductor at the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris, working with Finnish conductor Mikko Franck and conducting to great critical acclaim.