Prof. Ekhart Wycik
Ekhart Wycik is one of Europe’s most versatile conductors. His vast repertoire in both opera and concert genres, his stylistic versatility from the Baroque to the Contemporary, 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 conductor has appeared in concerts with major German orchestras including the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester (DSO) in Berlin, the Symphonic Orchestras of Frankfurt, Berlin, and Bochum, the North Germany Philharmonic Rostock, the Staatskapelle Halle, the Staatsorchester Darmstadt, and Saarbrücken’s and Cologne’s Radio Symphony Orchestras. International invitations came from orchestras in Austria, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Great Britain, Greece, Asia and the United States.
Being educated at the Robert Schumann University of Music/Düsseldorf and in Vienna, he started his career as classical Kapellmeister at several German Opera houses, was endorsed by the “Dirigentenforum” of the German Music Council and continued his studies with Heinz Rögner, Rolf Reuter, and Leif Segerstam. Together with his appointment as Associated General Music Director at Dortmund Opera House/Germany he became also Principal Guest Conductor at the Wichita Grand Opera, Kansas/USA and started conducting internationally (Glasgow, Seoul, Bolzano, Darmstadt, Athens, Innsbruck, Sarasota/Florida, amongst others).
In 2010, Wycik was appointed assistant professor for conducting at the Robert Schumann University of Music/Düsseldorf and assistant professor for opera studies at the Universtity of Music Cologne. In 2011, the Indiana University Bloomington/USA invited him for a guest professorship.
In 2015, Ekhart Wycik was appointed Music Director at the Festival Inese Galante, Rīga/Latvia. In Master Classes he has worked with young musicians in Germany, Austria, Korea, the Baltic States, the UK and the USA. At the finals of the 9. International Franz Liszt Piano competition, he jumped in for Christian Thielemann on short note, conducting all the Liszt works for piano solo and orchestra plus symphonic poems.
In 2016, Ekhart Wycik was appointed Professor of Orchestral Conducting at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT in Weimar/Germany, where he teaches in a team with Prof. Nicolás Pasquet. Students of the Weimar conducting class keep being successful in various positions in Germany and Europe.