Koczur, Maciej

Born in 1989 in Bochnia, he studied conducting with Paweł Przytocki, graduating with distinction conducting the Rzeszów Philharmonic Orchestra. He obtained a PhD at the Department of Conducting of the Academy of Music in Cracow. 

He was the winner of the 6th Witold Lutosławski National Competition for Young Conductors. In 2014 he received the Polish Culture Foundation’s Golden Sceptre award. He was the youngest participant at the 9th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors. He has received scholarships from the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the City of Cracow (2017). 

He has conducted the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra, as well as philharmonic orchestras from Cracow, Katowice, Opole, and Szczecin. In the 2013/2014 season, he was resident conductor at the Łódź Philharmonic. As a Cracow Academy of Music representative, he took part in the Ovid’s Metamorphoses Erasmus Intensive Programme at the Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest. 

He has conducted premieres at international contemporary music festivals such as Warsaw Autumn, Musica Polonica Nova, Sacrum Profanum, and the International Festival of Cracow Composers. He is the cofounder and artistic manager of the Oktofonia vocal ensemble. He conducts the Precipitevolissimevolmente brass chorus, founded in Cracow in 2016. Together with composer Piotr Peszat and artist Grzegorz Mart, he contributes to the Re-performance Ensemble.