Kozlovsky, Vincent International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn

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born in Lublin, he graduated with honours in symphony and opera conducting from the class of Paweł Przytocki at the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Cracow. He then studied with Vittorio Parisi at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, at Siena’s Academia Chigiana, and Lucerne Festival Academy, where in 2017 he was selected from among more than four hundred candidates as Fellow Conductor. He conducted the Lucerne Festival Alumni Ensemble and Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra notably in works by Debussy, Koechlin, Bartók, and Ligeti. He was a semi-finalist of the 1st Felix Mendelssohn International Conducting Competition in Thessaloniki and Princess Aastrid International Music Competition in Trondheim. He has attended numerous masterclasses notably with Daniele Gatti, Riccardo Chailly, Colin Metters, Paweł Przytocki, Stanisław Krawczyński, Jacek Kaspszyk, Gabriel Chmura, and Rafał Delekta. Among his conducting teachers, he also lists Maciej Tworek, Krzysztof Penderecki, Peter Lukas-Graf, and Ludwig Wicki. He is the founder and leader of Lutosławski Orchestra Modern, a chamber ensemble with which he debuted at the 2014 Warsaw Autumn. 

In March 2017 at the Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin, he conducted two ballets by Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring with Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra and Les Noces with Kwadrofonik & Guests, Lviv Chamber Choir Gloria, and soloists. Since that time, he has regularly contributed to Lviv’s music life. In the 2018/19 season, as guest conductor to Lviv National Opera he led spectacles of The Truth Under the Mask, made up of Stravinsky’s two ballets, The Rite of Spring and Pulcinella. In 2019 he conducted five concerts at Lviv’s Contrasts Festival, appearing with INSO – Lviv and Ensemble Nostri Temporis (Stage for New Music). Despite the COVID pandemic, he continued his cooperation with Contrasts in 2020, conducting a programme of Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen and Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht at the festival’s final concert in October 2020. He returns to this festival in the current season. 

He has conducted symphony and chamber ensembles such as the Sinfonietta Cracovia, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, the orchestras of Cracow Opera and Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź, Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Orchestra Toscana Classica, Trondheim Symfoniorkester and Opera, Thessaloniki Philharmonic, MAV Budapest, as well as the orchestras of the Academies of Music in Wrocław and Cracow. 

His vast repertoire comprises symphonic and large-scale vocal-instrumental works from various periods, from the Baroque to contemporary. In 2017 he recorded vocal–instrumental compositions by Roman Palester with the Cracow Philharmonic Choir and Beethoven Academy Orchestra for RecArt, and in 2021, the orchestral part for Come Back to Paradise, the hymn of the World Climate Summit. 

Vincent Kozlovsky is also a composer, educator, charity worker, and promoter of pro-health foundations, including DKMS.