Ladies and Gentelmen!
The jubilee year of the 200th birthday anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin, our patron, as well as the 200th anniversary of existence of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, is over. A number of words of appreciation were spoken and letters of thanks sent. There were numerous concerts, performances and recitals. Memorable were the sounds of the 16th International Piano Competition. A question arises – what to do next? Which direction is the University, whose renown is known worldwide, and whose name its great Pedagogues and Students make famous in Poland and abroad by achieving important artistic successes, going?
Nobody has illusions nowadays – artistic achievements do not just appear on their own. Apart from talent of a young artist they require a huge amount of effort both from a student and a teacher working in the Master-Student system. So far no better system of artistic education has been invented. It means hard, individual, many hours lasting and everyday work of students on shaping their artistic profile, on forming personality and image of a future artist-musician, graduate of our University.
Ignacy Jan Paderewski – alumnus of the Institute of Music, later known as the Warsaw Conservatory, gave a clear recipe for an artist: ‘one per cent of talent, nine per cent of luck and ninety per cent of hard work’. What more can you say?
Therefore, here we present to the Warsaw Audience and to all our Dear Guests the artistic season of 2012/2013 as an up-to-date reflection of our Alma Mater, making all is effort not for its own glory but in order to educate young talented students.
The season was planned by the outgoing Authorities of the University, according to our tradition. Here I would like to cordially thank Professor Roman Lasocki, who for many years held the function of Vice-Rector for Artistic Affairs, for the effort he put into selecting the programme and scheduling concerts. It is thanks to him, and thanks to the reliable Concert Bureau that we are beginning the new academic year without any disruptions.
In the programme you will find all music forms reflecting the aspect of the University’s musical activity whose image in reality is hidden in lecture rooms. It is there that, in contact with the Pedagogue, the Master, a new shape of vocal and instrumental pieces is shaped. And it is there that, based on the experience of the outstanding academic staff, the future creations of instrumental concertos, opera arias and chamber pieces are created. There as well the repertoire being part of the world canon and obligatory for the young and talented performers is prepared.
It is worth reminding that a music university first of all consists in one-to-one education, not just in work of Departments, Chairs and Factual Units. Through discussions with pedagogues about the art and the music performance, concerts, new album releases and music events, views and opinions of young artists are born. Part of them is also a concern about our rather hard everyday life, and about the future and perspectives for the profession of an artist-musician.
Such is our University and as such we want to present it through the concerts in the academic year of 2012/2013. We are definitely going towards the musical art based on the contemporary theoretical and practical knowledge, which in turn is based on the talents of the young generation of creators and performers. We are going towards the creation of the new generation of Polish artists.
Full Professor Ryszard Zimak, Rector
Professor at the FCUM Klaudiusz Baran, Vice-Rector for Artistic Affairs