Bassem Akiki

Conductor

Lebanese-Polish conductor, Bassem Akiki now is established in Warsaw. As guest conductor he performs with many orchestras and music theaters. 

Bassem Akiki began his musical studies at the High National Conservatory of Music in Beirut (Lebanon). Simultaneously he studied philosophy in the Lebanese University in Beirut (Lebanon). Bassem Akiki received his master degrees in choir conducting at the Academy of Music in Cracow (2008) and in symphony, master degree in opera conducting at the Academy of Music in Wroclaw (2010) with excellent results. His philosophical studies led him to analyze the relation between philosophy and music – after his master thesis concerning Wagner – Nietzsche – Strauss, he wrote his PhD thesis (F. Chopin University in Warsaw 2013) about P. Eötvös’ Angels in America – anthropocentrism and theocentricism in the 21th century music, and has conducted the polish premiere of this piece during the third Festival of Contemporary Opera in September-October 2012 in Wrocław (Poland).

In June 2007, at the age of 24, Bassem Akiki had his debut conducting G. Verdi’s La Traviata at the Opera of Wroclaw, where he held the position of Conductor till 2013. He has built an extensive operatic and symphonic repertoire and has a very rich experience in the operatic field, conducting such repertoire as W. A. Mozart’s dei Zauberflöte, Così fan tutte and Don Giovanni, G. Bizet’s Carmen, G. Verdi’s La Traviata, Rigoletto, Giovanna d’Arco and Falstaff, R. Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten, J. Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, G. Puccini’s Turandot and La Bohème, M. Musorgski’s Boris Godunov, E. Knapik’s La libertà chiama la libertà and H. Kulenty’s The Mother of Black-Winged Dreams.  

Bassem Akiki conducted the world premiere of N. Lens' and J. M. Coetzee's opera Slow Man during the Malta Festival in Poznan in July 2012. In 2013 he made his debut in the Polish National Opera with G. Verdi’s Nabucco and conducted there the same year Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bartok’s the Bluebeard’s Castle. In season 2014-2015 Bassem Akiki made his debut in La Monnaie in Brussels.

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