Kilian Schwoon was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1972. He studied composition with Nicolaus A. Huber and electronic composition with Dirk Reith at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen and continued his research at Centro Tempo Reale in Florence with Luciano Berio. His compositions have been performed at various festivals (ISCM World Music Days, Witten, Nuova Consonanza etc.) by musicians such as Ensemble Modern, Ictus, L'art pour l'art, e-mex and Schlagquartett Köln. Since 2007 he is professor for electroacoustic composition at the University of the Arts Bremen.
His interest in combining vocal, instrumental and electronic resources led him also to an intense activity as a performer and researcher in the field of live electronics, with a focus on realizing Berio's projects at renowned concert venues worldwide. Furthermore, he develops sound installations and has been involved in various audiovisual projects, collaborating for instance regularly with the choreographer and director Claudia Lichtblau.