Since the 2022/2023 concert season, Piotr Wacławik has held the post of assistant conductor at the Warsaw Philharmonic. He is also a resident conductor at the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyskie Philharmonic and a doctoral student and lecturer at the Leoš Janáček Academy of Music in Brno, as well as a lecturer at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.
Piotr Wacławik has won prizes in numerous international conducting competitions, including the 7th Witold Lutosławski All-Polish Competition for Young Conductors (2022, 3rd prize), the 5th Atlantic Coast International Conducting Masterclass and Competition (2019, 1st prize), the London Classical Soloists International Conducting Masterclass and Competition (2018, 1st prize), and the 2nd Adam Kopyciński All-Polish Student Conducting Competition in Wrocław (2017, 2nd prize and a prize of the Academic Symphony Orchestra). He also won an extra-statutory prize in the 10th Jeunesses Musicales International Conducting Competition in Bucharest (2019). In the summer of 2019, he made his US debut as part of the Aspen Music Festival and School scholarship, where he received the top Robert Spano Conductor Prize twice (in 2019 and 2022). He debuted as a conductor at the age of 19 with the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. In the 2019/2020 season, he was resident conductor at the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Art Centre in Bialystok and assistant conductor at the Silesian Opera. From 2020 until 2022, he collaborated with the Krakow Opera as an assistant conductor.
He developed his conducting skills under the tutelage of Jorma Panula, Leonard Slatkin, Alan Gilbert, Michail Jurowski, Cristian Măcelaru, Robert Spano and Mark Stringer, among others. He has collaborated with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich as part of the 10th International Conducting Masterclass with David Zinman (2019).
In 2020, he graduated with honours from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, where he studied symphonic and opera conducting in the class of Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk and viola da gamba in the class of Krzysztof Firlus.