biography

Wiktor Kociuban is a conductor and cellist of Polish descent. His most important professional experiences are his musical assistance to Heinz Holliger on the production of his opera “Schneewittchen” at the Basel Theater (direction Achim Freyer, 2014) followed by the debut at the Lucerne Festival 2014 with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra (Bernd Alois Zimmermann – Sinfonie in einem Satz). Also, in 2015 Kociuban was appointed to assist the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki with the performance of his works, among others for the opening of the 2015/16 season in Bialystok, Poland.

His successful performances both as an opera and concert conductor in the 2015 and 2016 seasons where he conducted the Rzeszow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus, the Symphony and Opera in Bialystok, among others, are to be followed by further appearances with the Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra or Polish National Radio Orchestra of Katowice with repertoire raging from Viennese classical composers to premieres of new works.

 

The first concert presenting Kociuban’s project called “dark matter(s)” was realized in 2016 in collaboration with the Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus. The series of concerts with orchestras aims to present important known and unknown works of the 20th and 21st century. The project has a deep educational meaning, which is why many of the concerts will be recorded and filmed. A documentary movie is being produced in 2017 presenting concerts and rehearsals of the concert with Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus “ the nature of sound” where pieces by Krzysztof Penderecki, Gyorgy Ligeti, Giacinto Scelsi and Georg Friedrich Haas (whose “Natures mortes” has had it’s polish premiere during concert) has been performed.

Wiktor Kociuban works with prestigious orchestras and composers, and has since the very beginnings of his career assisted famous conductors like Jürg Henneberger, Heinz Holliger and Krzysztof Penderecki. He was invited to several Festivals, among them the Schleswig Holstein Festival (with works by Sofia Gubaidulina), the Schwetzinger Festspiele (at the invitation of Georg Friedrich Haas, who praised him also as a “phenomenal cellist” : works by Demetre Gamsachurdia, Arash Yazdani), the Davos Festival (Demetre Gamsachurdia, Matthias Renaud), and the Beethoven Festival (a gala performance featuring soloists from the Opera Theater Warsaw with arias and overtures by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Vincenzo Bellini, Giacomo Puccini, and Giuseppe Verdi with Rzeszow Philharmonic Orchestra).

Especially noteworthy is Kociuban’s personal collaboration with respected composers such as Georg Friedrich Haas (Monodie, Natures mortes), Heinz Holliger (Schneewittchen), Krzysztof Penderecki (Seven Gates of Jerusalem: 7th Symphony, “A sea of dreams did breathe on me…” : Song cycle for soprano, mezzo soprano, baritone, mixed choir and orchestra), Peter Ablinger (concerts in Basel, Wien, Graz, and Ljubljana with the ensemble Zone Experimentell: Ulrichsberger Tänze), Caspar Johannes Walter (split tones 3), Sofia Gubaidulina (Fata-Morgana, Am Rande des Abgrunds) , and Roland Moser (… wie ein Walzer auf Glas, Wendungen). Wiktor Kociuban has conducted the premieres of many composers like Keitaro Takahashi, Lukas Langlotz, Ryan Beppel, Sandro Balzarini or Demetre Gamsachurdia and numerous composers have dedicated their works to him.

He has shared the podium with the likes of Sofia Gubaidulina, Misha Maisky, Ivan Monighetti, Marcus Weiss, Stephan Schmidt, Jürg Henneberger and Mike Svoboda.

Kociuban regularly collaborates with the Georgian composer and pianist Demetre Gamsachurdia, who has dedicated his latest interactive opera “Vikarë” to Kociuban. This work is to be performed in many European countries in 2017 under Kociuban’s direction.

Kociuban founded Delirium-Edition in 2016, in Warsaw. An international organization for tomorrow’s art consisting of an endowment (NGO’s in several countries), an ensemble, a video-blog, and a section of articles (deliriumedition.org) of which he is both director and conductor. The organization collaborates with the most important young artists all over the world and has media support from magazines such as glissando or presto.

The album “Oracle’s Blast” was produced in 2015 in co-production with the DUX label and the Swiss Radio SRF2 Kultur, which features five new works for cello and piano (Duo Kociuban/Gamsachurdia). Critics praised the album claiming it is “of global importance”. In 2013 Kociuban created the first ever recorded collection of works for solo cello by Krzysztof Penderecki (in collaboration with the composer) and Iannis Xenakis.

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