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Wiktor Kociuban

Symphonic and opera conductor

Conductor and composer, general and artistic director of Delirium-Edition:organisation for tomorrow’s art.

He was a guest of such festivals as: Lucerne Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Warsaw Autumn Festival, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Davos Festival and The Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival.


The artist has collaborated with such orchestras as: the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) in Katowice, the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rzeszów Philharmonic Orchestra, the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra in Białystok and ensembles such as: Ensemble Phoenix Basel , Ensemble Diagonal or Ensemble <zone expérimentale>.


The artist collaborated with such outstanding composers as: Krzysztof Penderecki (including The seven Gates of Jerusalem, A Sea of ​​Dreams Blew on Me ... or Heinz Holliger (opera Schneewittchen, directed by Achim Freyer, Basel, 2014).

He collaborated with Georg Friedrich Haas (Monodie, Natures mortes), Sofia Gubaidulina (Fata-Morgana, Am Rande des Abgrunds, Preludia), Peter Abinger, Johannes Kreidler (Music-19), Rudolf Kelterborn (Sonate in einem Satz), Johannes Walter, Jürg Wyttenbach (Two Nonsense-Verses), Roland Moser (... wie ein Walzer auf Glass, Wendungen) and Lukas Langlotz (Agni, Ohne Titel II, IN).

He has performed around 200 premieres of new works (compositions by such composers as: Johannes Kreidler, Johannes Walter, Yair Klartag, Paweł Mykietyn, Demetre Gamsachurdia, Lukas Langlotz, Chanhee Lim, Lina Posecnaite, Oliver Rutz, Marcilio Onofre, Williamo Dougherty, Keitar Takahashi, Jakob Ullmann, Alexander Knaifel, Sandro Balzarini, Ryan Beppel, Beat Gysin, Żaneta Rydzewska, Anda Kryeziu, Elnaz Sayedi, Matthias Renaud, Piotr Peszat and Ivan Gonzalez Escuder.


Intensive artistic cooperation connects the artist with the Georgian composer and pianist Demetre Gamsachurdia,  Vikarë, the musical theater was staged under the artistic direction of Wiktor Kociuban in 2018 in Poland (Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Center in Lusławice) and Switzerland (Neues Theater Dornach).


In 2017, as part of the author's cycle dark matter(s), the artist presented (together with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra) the world premieres of Piotr Peszat's The Artist's way (video: Grzegorz Mart) and Paweł Mykietyn's Herr Thaddäus (set design: Mirosław Bałka) at the Philharmonic in Szczecin and Theater of Słowacki in Krakow.

Together with Delirium Ensemble, he conducted a concert / performance inspired by the exhibition Blood. Connects and divides at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (January 2018, the artist was also the author of the concept of the entire event, 4 Polish, including 1 world, premieres of compositions written in recent years, inspired by the blood theme, were presented: Fausto Romitelli, Chaya Czernowin and Yair Klartag ).


In 2018, the artist conducted a concert at the NOSPR with works by Ravel (La Valse), Debussy (Nocturnes), and Prokofiev (The Scythian Suite).

Wiktor Kociuban studied at Hochschule für Musik in Basel playing the cello and musical pedagogy (in the class of Ivan Monighetti). There he also completed postgraduate studies (conducting, class of Jürg Henneberger). He also studied baroque cello (Petr Skalka, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis), new music (Jürg Henneberger, Marcus Weiss, Mike Svoboda), composition (Roland Moser) and instrumentation (Georg Friedrich Haas).

(fphoto: GricoArt)

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