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 University of the Arts in Essen and then continued his studies 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 a professor of electroacoustic composition at the University of the Arts Bremen.
His interest in combining vocal, instrumental and electronic resources has also led to an intensive activity as a performer, researcher and developer 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 numerous audiovisual projects, collaborating for instance regularly with the choreographer and director Claudia Lichtblau.