Rafał Kłoczko is a conductor, composer and music theorist. He studied at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, Cracow and at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. He aquired his conducting skills under the tutelage of,among others, R. Delekta, W. Michniewski, J. Przybylski, M. Guidarini, J. Kaspszyk and C. Metters.
Kłoczko won first honourable mention in theconducting competition in Białystok and 2nd place in the competition in London. He is a beneficiary of prestigious awards from the Institute of Music and Dance, including “resident conductor” and “resident composer”. He has established permanent ties with the Opera Academy at the Teatr Wielki – the National Opera in Warsaw, with the Cappella Gedanensis ensemble and with the Pomeranian Music Society. Kłoczko conducted several hundred chamber and symphonic concerts, including a number of opera productions, in which he was also the musical director. These include Puccini’s Il Trittico, Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte and the Polish first performance of Rachmaninov’s Francesca da Rimini.
The conductor is keenly interested in opera and his doctoral dissertation was devoted to Eros & Psyche, a forgotten work composed by L. Różycki. He organised a performance of the work in 2015 in the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk. Two years later, as the assistant of maestro Grzegorz Nowak he prepared the production of this work for performance in the Teatr Wielki – the National Opera in Warsaw. He also worked together with Maestro Michał Klauza (Baltic Opera, D. Shostakovich – The Gamblers), Maestro Łukasz Borowicz (thegrand Theatre in Łódź, A. Tansman – La Toison d’Or) and Maestro Friedrich Haider (Warsaw Chamber Opera, W.A. Mozart – Cosí fan tutte).
In 2018, as the assistant of Maestro Bassem Akiki, Rafał Kłoczko commenced cooperation with the La Monnaie Royal Opera in Brussels and with the Festival in Aix-en-Provence. He is also an active composer. His works and orchestrations have been performed, among others, in the Musikverein in Vienna, at the Tokyo Spring Festival, in concerts of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and of the Orchestra of the Teatr Wielki – the National Opera in Warsaw. Rafał Kłoczko received a number of scholarships and artistic awards, including from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and from the Young Poland Foundation.
One of his most important achievements is the position of assistant conductor in the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2016 edition of the Salzburger Festspiele. Rafał is the first Pole to hold that position. One year later he began his conducting traineeship in the Vienna Opera.