Ladies and Gentelmen!It is my pleasure to welcome you at our university in the fourth artistic season prepared by me – the season of 2016/2017.
In case of our institution, concert activity is the essence of all of our teaching, academic and organizational endeavours. This is how we can test the quality of education and the effectiveness of our undertakings in the real world of music as it is our stage where students – together with their masters – present artistic creations which are often outstanding and unforgettable. The unique prestige of our artistic activity is proven not just by magnificent press reviews and a constantly growing attendance at our concerts but it is also reflected in the opinions of the music community – renowned authorities, soloists, conductors and teachers.
For the upcoming season, we have prepared almost 100 concerts: vocal and instrumental recitals, concerts of chamber ensembles and ballet performances as well as concerts of chamber, wind and symphony orchestras, a choir and a big-band, all of them presenting a wide variety of styles – from early to newest music, including jazz.
In this year’s Instrument Masters cycle we will have an opportunity to listen to such outstanding artists as Elżbieta Karaś-Krasztel, Urszula Kryger, Olga Pasichnyk, Jadwiga Rappé, Łukasz Długosz, Krzysztof Jabłoński, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Gabriel Rivano, Tomasz Strahl, and two string quartets: Meccore String Quartet and Camerata Quartet. Like in previous years, we will have a chance to admire the artistry of superb musicians performing as part of one of the best symphony orchestras – Sinfonia Varsovia – conducted by Maestro Jerzy Maksymiuk.
A very important cycle in terms of didactics and measurement of learning outcomes is the cycle known as Our Graduates. This is where we can assess the success of our undertakings, presenting the artistic careers of this year’s guests who make our university famous, such as: Katarzyna Budnik-Gałązka, Agata Igras, Joanna Kawalla, Ae-Ran Kim, Maria Machowska, Justyna Reczeniedi, Sebastian Aleksandrowicz, Łukasz Chrzęszczyk, Grzegorz Gorczyca, Arkadiusz Górecki, Rafał Grząka, Artur Janda, Artur Kasperek, Michał Klauza, Paweł Kowalski, Leszek Lorent, Kacper Szelążek, Janusz Wawrowski or members of ensembles: Ravel Piano Duo and Atom String Quartet.
This season we will also have guest artists from our friend universities – Hochschule für Musik Detmold, Universität der Künste from Berlin, Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Music Academy and Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. These will often be exchange concerts as part of which our university students and teachers will pay an artistic return visit to the institutions represented by our guests.
Unique events this season will be the concerts of orchestras under the baton of such renowned conductors as: Agnieszka Duczmal, Massimiliano Caldi, Mario Hossen, Szymon Kawalla, Michał Klauza, Grzegorz Nowak, Robert Rumbelow, Jan Miłosz Zarzycki.
I would like to thank Heads of the National Philharmonic and National Opera for supporting the most talented students – instrumentalists, singers and dancers – by organising graduates’ concerts, and opera and ballet performances with their participation.
Presenting the concert calendar for the academic year 2016/2017, I would like to thank Deans of Departments, Heads of Chairs, Units and Courses, Heads of Orchestras and the FCUM Choir, and especially the employees of the Concert Bureau for their help in preparing the new artistic season.
I hope the upcoming artistic season will give you many thrills like in previous years.
Professor Klaudiusz Baran