The University is involved in very animated concert activities. Concerts are both part of the process of education of young musicians and an outlet for the faculty’s artistic and scientific activity. The purpose of the concerts is to popularise the University’s achievements and to spread music among Warsaw’s music lovers. The University has regular Wednesday concerts — large symphony concerts, oratorios, recitals and chamber concerts, occasional student recitals and auditions and also student opera productions.
Several competitions take place at the University: The Tadeusz Wroński International Solo Violin Competition, the Wanda Landowska Harpsichord Competition and the Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition.
The University also has its own Symphony Orchestra made up of students of the Department of Instrumental Studies (membership is compulsory). The Symphony Orchestra gives about 10 concerts a year. It has co-operated with many distinguished conductors: Krzysztof Biegański, Violetta Bielecka, Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Piotr Borkowski, Łukasz Borowicz, Andrzej Borzym jr, Tomasz Bugaj, Wojciech Czepiel, Henryk Czyż, Ryszard Dudek, Michał Dworzyński, Michael Gläser, Czesław Grabowski, José Maria Floréncio, Władysław Kabalewski, Szymon Kawalla, Jacek Kaspszyk, Michał Klauza, Benedykt Konowalski, Kazimierz Kord, Jan Krenz, Krzysztof Kusiel-Moroz, Pavel Lando, Larry Livingston, Witold Lutosławski, Bogusław Madey, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Maja Metelska, Wojciech Michniewski, Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski, Michał Nesterowicz, Maciej Niesiołowski, Grzegorz Nowak, Mieczysław Nowakowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Marek Pijarowski, Janusz Powolny, Janusz Przybylski, Paweł Przytocki, Wojciech Rajski, Arnold Rezler, Witold Rowicki, Zygmunt Rychert, Jerzy Salwarowski, Jerzy Semkow, Ruben Silva, Andrzej Straszyński, Jerzy Swoboda, Evgeny Volynsky, Bruno Weil, Tadeusz Wicherek, Kazimierz Wiłkomirski, Stanisław Wisłocki, Antoni Wit, Bohdan Wodiczko, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Monika Wolińska, Sławek A. Wróblewski, Ryszard Zimak.
The University Choir is made up of first and second year students from Departments 1, 2, 5, 6 and part of Department 3. In the period of 1982–2006 the artistic director of the choir was prof. Ryszard Zimak; at present this function is held by prof. Krzysztof Kusiel-Moroz. Its major productions include: Magnificat and Mass in B Minor by J. S. Bach, Requiem by W. A. Mozart and G. Fauré, Stabat Mater by F. Poulenc and K. Szymanowski and many pieces a capella. In addition to its concert activities, the choir takes active part in the university life. It sings at the annual inaugurations of the academic year and at the presentations of the Honorary Doctoral Degree to outstanding representatives of the artistic community.
Zofia Malcolm, Beata Fiugajska and Magdalena Kowalczyk from the Concert Bureau are always willing to provide information about current concerts. The bureau is in room 207,
tel. (48 22) 827 72 41 ext. 235