Professor FCUM Aleksander Kościów, DMus Hab.

Prorector for Teaching and Students’ Affairs

Alek­sander Koś­ciów was born on 5 May 1974 in Opole. In 1993 he took up stud­ies at the Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­e­my of Music in War­saw in com­po­si­tion class of Pro­fes­sor Mar­i­an Borkows­ki, and in 1994 he became a stu­dent at vio­la class of Pro­fes­sor Błażej Sroczyńs­ki. He grad­u­at­ed in both majors in 1998 (diplo­ma in com­po­si­tion with hon­ours). He also stud­ied ethnog­ra­phy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of War­saw (Chair of Ethnog­ra­phy and Cul­tur­al Anthro­pol­o­gy 1995/1996) and clas­si­cal philol­o­gy with Pol­ish lan­guage stud­ies (Fac­ul­ty of Clas­si­cal Philol­o­gy and Fac­ul­ty of Pol­ish Stud­ies, 1999–2000).

Since 2008 he has been a teach­ing employ­ee at his par­ent university’s Depart­ment of Com­po­si­tion, Con­duct­ing and The­o­ry of Music, the main sub­ject he teach­es is coun­ter­point (for stu­dents of com­po­si­tion, on the basis of his orig­i­nal pro­gramme). He also taught com­po­si­tion as a vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor at Keimyung Uni­ver­si­ty in Daegu, South Korea (2009, 2014–2015), gave lec­tures and taught class­es in com­po­si­tion and con­tem­po­rary music per­for­mance dur­ing the Jeuness­es Mod­ernes in Weik­er­sheim and Munich (Ger­many, 2003) and at the San Diego State Uni­ver­si­ty in San Diego (USA, 2006). He was a prize win­ner of com­po­si­tion com­pe­ti­tions and hold­er of the Ful­bright schol­ar­ship (2005). In 2007 he obtained a doc­tor­al degree (super­vi­sor – Pro­fes­sor Mar­i­an Borkows­ki), fol­lowed by a post-doc­tor­al degree in 2014.

His pieces have been per­formed dur­ing con­tem­po­rary music fes­ti­vals, con­certs and events in Poland (e.g. Inter­na­tion­al Fes­ti­val of Music Tra­di­tion and Avant-garde KODY, Musi­ca Poloni­ca Nova, War­saw Music Meet­ings, and more ) and abroad (France, Japan, South Korea, Lithua­nia, Ger­many, Rus­sia, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Great Britain and Italy). He has col­lab­o­rat­ed with Joe Alter, an Amer­i­can con­tem­po­rary bal­let chore­o­g­ra­ph­er, numer­ous string quar­tets (such as Roy­al, Wilanów, Cam­er­a­ta, Neo­Quar­tet or Kro­nos), choirs and ensem­bles (e.g. Kwartludi­um, Cel­lonet, Vocal Ensem­ble of the Inter­na­tion­al School of Tra­di­tion­al Music, Lon­don Sin­foni­et­ta, Hebrides Ensem­ble, or Pro­Mod­ern).

He is also an author of texts about music (e.g. he reg­u­lar­ly col­lab­o­rates with Opole’s socio­cul­tur­al quar­ter­ly mag­a­zine “Strony”), nov­els “Świat nura” (Muza 2006), “Przeproś” (Muza 2008, nom­i­na­tion to “Pass­port award” of the mag­a­zine “Poli­ty­ka”) and “Lecą wielo­ry­by” (Znak 2010) as well as short sto­ries.

He is a mem­ber of the Pol­ish Com­posers’ Union, Pol­ish Soci­ety of Authors and Com­posers and Phono­graph­ic Acad­e­my.


last modified: 26/10/2016