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Ekhart Wycik,

Conductor, The Golden Cockerel

Ekhart Wycik is one of Europe’s most versatile upcoming conductors. His vast repertoire in both opera and concert genres, his stylistic versatility, and his technical and communicative skills have made him a welcomed guest with orchestras and opera companies throughout Germany and Europe as well as internationally.

The young conductor has appeared in concerts with major German orchestras including the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester (DSO) in Berlin, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Rheinland-Pfalz, the Berlin Symphonic Orchestra, the Frankfurt Symphony Orchestra, Bochum Symphony Orchestra, the Staatsorchester Darmstadt, and Saarbrücken’s and Cologne’s Radio Symphony Orchestras. At three different occasions, Ekhart Wycik appeared already at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall; international invitations came from Orchestras in Austria, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Great Britain, Asia and the United States.

After TOSCA in Innsbruck, RAKE’S PROGRESS in Krefeld, a World Première at Staatstheater Darmstadt, MAGIC FLUTE in Korea, and AIDA, TRAVIATA und PEARL FISHERS in the USA, Ekhart Wycik gave in 2012 his British Opera début with Scottish Opera Glasgow/Scotland, conducting Mozart's MAGIC FLUTE for the opening of their 50th anniversary season.

The production gained nationwide attention with excellent reviews and was chosen by the "Guardian" as one of the United Kingdom’s „Top 10 Best Classical Music in 2012".

His Italian Opera début 2013 with HÄNSEL UND GRETEL was ranked in 2014 by the Italian magazine „operaclick“ amongst the best 10 productions of Europe and led to immediate re-invitations in Italy.

After working for more than a decade with several German orchestras and opera companies, Wycik was appointed Associate General Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Dortmund Opera Theater in 2006 and Principal Guest Conductor of the Wichita Grand Opera/USA. In Dortmund, his productions received rave reviews from audience and critics – noted productions being all important Verdi and Mozart operas, TOSCA, BUTTERFLY, CARMEN, RAKE’S PROGRESS, CAVALLERIA/PAGLIACCI, LOHENGRIN, SALOME, and ROSENKAVALIER.

Wycik appears regularly in concerts with the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Haydn Bolzano/Italy, and the Göttinger Symphony Orchestra. With the GSO, a CD with works of Beethoven and Rachmaninov is available.

In 2010, Wycik was appointed assistant professor for conducting at the Robert Schumann University of Music in Düsseldorf and assistant professor for opera studies at the University of Music in Cologne. In 2011, he was invited for a guest professorship at the Indiana University Bloomington/USA, where he received brillant concert reviews and was responsible for preparing IU's new ROSENKAVALIER. His guest professorship at Bloomington was endorsed by the German Academic Exchange Service.

Wycik graduated „summa cum laude“ from the Robert Schumann University of Music in Düsseldorf, with majors in conducting and minors in music history and philosophy. After continuing his studies in Vienna, he continued his education through master classes with Heinz Rögner, Sergiu Celibidache and Leif Segerstam of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and was accepted into the „Conductors Pool“ of the National German Music Council.

During his studies, he was granted a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Program for an International Master Class in Vienna, where he was finalist and Prize winner. Besides stipends from the Richard Wagner Society and the Verona Opera Festival, he won the Furtwängler Conducting Prize in Mürzzuschlag, Austria, with the conducting of Stravinsky’s Concerto „Dumbarton Oaks“.

Ekhart Wycik served as assistant to Maestro Gustav Kuhn, from whom he continues to receive musical support and artistic advice, at the Gustav-Mahler-Festival Dobbiaco/Italy and in Salzburg/Austria. In 2005, Wycik was appointed Director of the Contemporary Music Concert Series of the Tyrolian Summer Festival in Erl/Austria, where he assisted ELEKTRA, TRISTAN, Wagner’s RING and Maestro Kuhn’s cycles of Mahler, Bruckner, and Brahms symphonies.