Richard Zielinski is known for his innovative programming and versatility as both an orchestral and choral conductor. A passionate and compelling communicator, with an extensive knowledge of classical and contemporary repertoire, He also serves as music and artistic director for the Norman Philharmonic in Oklahoma and is on the music faculty at the University of Oklahoma. Zielinski is in his eleventh year as artistic director of the Classical Music Festival. He is also a recipient of the Gold Medal of Achievement for his artistic achievements and musical contributions in Eisenstadt, Austria as principal conductor and artistic director of the Classical Music Festival
Zielinski has conducted extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the United States including the opening concert for the International Haydntage with a world premiere of Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten choreographed for ballet. His recent conducting engagements in Poland include the Filharmonia Gorzówska, Zielona Gora Filharmonic, Ołsztyn Filharmonia, and Akademia Sztuki Orchestra, in addition to working with Shenyang Conservatory Orchestra in China and the Joseph Haydn Conservatory Orchestra in Eisenstadt, Austria. Previous conducting engagements include the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, Florida Orchestra, Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Choral Union and Naples Philharmonic among others. Zielinski continues to serve as Director of Music Ministries at McFarlin Memorial UMC, Norman, Oklahoma.
A champion of new music, Zielinski has worked with numerous composers and regularly leads orchestras in performances of contemporary works. His professional vocal ensemble, the Richard Zielinski Singers, has recorded five CDs of music by many well-known contemporary composers. The ensemble recently received the 2018 Grand Prix award at the International Choral Song Festival in Międzyzdroje, Poland for their innovative and outstanding performances. Richard was also awarded Best Conductor of the Festival.
Richard holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Music from the University of Illinois, two Master of Music degrees, in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance, from the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Article by Doug Hill, The Norman Transcript
On Sunday, the University of Oklahoma’s venerable Holmberg Hall beheld what may have been one of the most spectacular multimedia performances the state has ever seen.
Article by Morgan Day, Boyd Street Magazine
Time — there’s nothing in this world more fleeting than time. That’s the impression you get talking to Richard Zielinski — or Dr. Z, depending on what circles you run in. The University of Oklahoma’s director of choral activities and conductor of the Norman Philharmonic is the definition of how to live when you’re acutely aware that time is never promised.
Article Lori Johnson, Cleveland County Lifestyle
It is a universal truth that music is the universal language. It is the soother of spirits and heated rhetoric, it inspires and unites—and for the Norman Philharmonic it bonds different styles of performing arts and music genres together for unforgettable performances.