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Maciej Koczur
man of contrasts

Maciej Koczur was born in Bochnia in 1989.

He is currently a PhD student in the Conducting Department at the Academy of Music in Krakow. In 2013 Maciej graduated with honors from the same academy under supervision of  Paweł Przytocki. He obtained his diploma conducting Artur Malawski Philharmonic Orchestra in Rzeszów.

  • On October 6th 2014 he was awarded “Małe berło” prize by the Polish Cultural Foundation. His candidacy was suggested by maestro Jerzy Maksymiuk.

  • In the 2013/2014 season  Maciej was conductor-in-residence at the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra in Łódz.
  • In 2012 he was the youngest participant in the 9th Grzegorz Fitelberg  International Conducting Competition.
  • Maciej is one of the finalists of Alexander Liebrich assistant conductor competition. Alexander Liebreich is an Artistic Director of Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. (2014)
  • In 2014 Maciej, as a conductor,  represented Academy of Music in Kraków  in The Ovid's Metamorphoses Erasmus Intensive Programme organised by Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest.The programme itself was an international project involving seven European
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Maciej was an advisor and an assistant audio engineer during recordings of two albums by The Silesian Opera in Bytom - “Carmina Burana” and “The Silesian Opera recommends - opera and operetta hits”. The latter earned Gold Record award. From 2008 to 2014 Maciej was conducting  the "Archetti" Chamber Orchestra of Jaworzno. Under his baton (leadership) the Archetti won several international competitions:

  • In 2009,  the Prize of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland at 32nd International Meeting of Music Youththey in Bydgoszcz called ”Bydgoskie Impresje Muzyczne”. 
  • In 2010,  3rd Prize and honourable mention in the category ”String Orchestra” at Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna.
  • In 2011, 1st Prize  in the category ”String orchestras and symphonic bands” at 59th European Music festival for young people in Neerpelt, Belgium.
  • In March 2013 Maciej Koczur with Archetti Orchestra, John Hudson (tenor of English National Opera) and pianist Carl Petersson performed a concert tour in Sweden. Concerts took place in Västeras, Helsinborgu, Ystad, Lund, Kristianstad and Ljungby.

For his work with the orchestra he was awarded an honorary prize of the Jaworzno City Council Committee on Culture.

He initiated, created, and co-performed a series of  educational concerts for children and youth. So far, more than fifty of them were performed in kindergartens, primary schools and high schools. He collaborated with such virtuosos of classical music as Kaja Danczowska, Morten Zeuthen, Marek Nosal and Marek Andrýsek.

Since 2010 Maciej has been an assistant of Tomasz Chmiel - the conductor of the Cracow Philharmonic Young Orchestra

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For 3 years he has been cooperating with prof. Marek Chołoniewski in conducting ElektroNova Orchestra and Vibrator Ensemble.  Maciej is one of the founders and leaders of "Oktofonia", an octet which has been functioning in Kraków since 2011.

In Summer 2013 he assisted maestro Jerzy Maksymiuk in preparing CORda Orchestra Cracowia to the opening and the closing concerts of “Wawel o zmierzchu” festival.

In the 2013/2014 artistic season Maciej was an assistant conductor of Massimiliano Caldi who is Music Director of the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra in Łódz.

On 57th International Festival Of Contemporary Music "Warsaw Autumn" Maciej was a director and a conductor of a first performance of the musical theatre entitled “Mr Pebblestone in the world of sounds. Warsaw Autumn expedition”. The piece consisting of 12 musical miniatures created by cracow music academy composition students, was appreciated both by the audience and music critics.

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On January 2015 Maciej will conduct the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

Maciej Koczur together with Gregory Mart, a painter, carries out an eclectic innovative project in which conducting interpenetrates with painting and in result creates a unique artistic compilation.

Maciej received the Ministry of Science and Higher Education Scholarship in 2013. He is also a three-time holder of the Cracow’s Academy of Music rector’s scholarship. For his musical achievements in 2009 Maciej was awarded George Katlewicz’s scholarship and in 2012, Sapere Auso scholarship.

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