Interdepartmental Unit of Comprehensive Piano Studies

The Inter-Depart­ment Unit of Gen­er­al Piano was found­ed in 1994 at the ini­tia­tive of prof. zw. dr hab. Mar­ta Gozdec­ka-Lesz. The first Head of the Unit (in the peri­od of 1994–2002) was prof. zw. dr hab. Mar­ta Gozdec­ka-Lesz, then (2002–2014) this func­tion was held by dr hab. Mał­gorza­ta Szpinal­s­ka, prof. at the FCUM. From 1 Decem­ber 2014 to 31 August 2016 the func­tion of Head of the Unit was held by dr hab. Marcin Tadeusz Łukaszews­ki, prof. at the FCUM. Cur­rent­ly, since 1 Octo­ber 2016, this func­tion is held by dr hab. Maria Gabryś, prof. at the FCUM.

The Inter­de­part­men­tal Unit of Com­pre­hen­sive Piano Stud­ies gath­ers aca­d­e­m­ic teach­ers who teach “gen­er­al piano” sub­jects (Piano, Piano with Accom­pa­ni­ment and Accom­pa­ni­ment with a vista Read­ing), main­ly at the Depart­ment of Choir Con­duct­ing, Music Edu­ca­tion, Church Music, Rhyth­mics and Dance, as well as piano accom­pa­nists in choir con­duct­ing class­es. Apart from work­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty, mem­bers of the Unit active­ly con­tin­ue their artis­tic and aca­d­e­m­ic activ­i­ty, per­form­ing as soloists, cham­ber and orches­tra musi­cians in Poland and abroad. They are prize-win­ners at numer­ous and diverse com­pe­ti­tions of nation­al and inter­na­tion­al range. They also coop­er­ate with oth­er FCUM Depart­ments in War­saw and Białys­tok.

Artists and teach­ers who have col­lab­o­rat­ed with the Unit, teach­ing gen­er­al piano sub­jects or work­ing as accom­pa­nists, are: Prof. Stanisława Raube (long-term fac­ul­ty mem­ber of Depart­ment 5, well known in the music world in Poland as an edi­tor of numer­ous piano works pub­lished by Czytel­nik and PWM), Prof. Szabolcs Esztényi, Prof. Kaz­imierz Gierżod, Prof. Anna Jas­trzęb­s­ka-Quinn, as well as: Mał­gorza­ta Bisińs­ka-Paw­ińs­ka, Woj­ciech Kale­ta, Andrzej Kory­bu­ti­ak, Kacper Mik­laszews­ki, PhD, Anton­i­na Paciorkiewicz-Dutkiewicz, Tere­sa Rosłoń-Esztényi, Ramiro San­jines, Regi­na Stańczyk-Szczepańs­ka, Mag­dale­na Wajzn­er-Bars­ka, and Tadeusz Witus­ki. Among the col­lab­o­ra­tors with the Inter-Depart­ment Unit of Gen­er­al Piano are also teach­ers from the FCUM’s Depart­ment of Instru­men­tal and Edu­ca­tion­al Stud­ies in Białys­tok, such as: Andrzej Czemiel, Bar­bara Idźkows­ka, Inga Kozłows­ka-Lig­aj, Graży­na Orysi­ak, Bar­bara Wyszczel­s­ka, or Elż­bi­eta Uss-Jońs­ka.

In 1996, the Inter­de­part­men­tal Unit of Com­pre­hen­sive Piano Stud­ies ini­ti­at­ed per­for­mance com­pe­ti­tions for pianists at the Depart­ment of Music Edu­ca­tion (now Depart­ment of Choir Con­duct­ing, Music Edu­ca­tion, Church Music, Rhyth­mics and Dance) for stu­dents tak­ing their final exam in gen­er­al piano. The Inter-Uni­ver­si­ty “Piano Minia­ture” Com­pe­ti­tion, which was organ­ised in 1999, indi­rect­ly derived from the com­pe­ti­tions for stu­dents end­ing their “gen­er­al piano” sub­jects which were organ­ised at the Depart­ment of Choir Con­duct­ing, Music Edu­ca­tion, Church Music, Rhyth­mics and Dance and which took place in 1996 and 1997. The competition’s ini­tia­tor was Prof. Mar­ta Gozdec­ka-Lesz.

The 1st Inter-Uni­ver­si­ty “Piano Minia­ture” Com­pe­ti­tion was held on 6 March 1999 at the Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­e­my of Music (FCAM) in War­saw. The Jury con­sist­ing of: Prof. Regi­na Smendzian­ka – Head, Prof. Mar­ta Gozdec­ka-Lesz, Prof. Mał­gorza­ta Szpinal­s­ka, Senior Lec­tur­er Urszu­la Gątkows­ka-Węgrzyn, and Assis­tant Prof. Marzena Szczepańs­ka-Mod­rze­jew­s­ka, award­ed three equal prizes to stu­dents of the FCAM in War­saw: Marek Fronc, Jakub Lenar­czyk, and Pauli­na Ste­fanow­icz (who also won the award for the best per­for­mance of Fry­deryk Chopin’s piece), and two hon­orary men­tions were award­ed to: Maria Kamo­da (from the Acad­e­my of Music in Cra­cow) and Piotr Spoz (FCAM in War­saw).

The 2nd Inter-Uni­ver­si­ty “Piano Minia­ture” Com­pe­ti­tion was held on 9 Decem­ber 2000 at the FCAM in War­saw. The Jury con­sist­ing of: Prof. Mar­ta Gozdec­ka-Lesz – Head, Senior Lec­tur­er Urszu­la Gątkows­ka-Węgrzyn, Prof. Ryszard Hałacińs­ki, Prof. Mał­gorza­ta Szpinal­s­ka, and Assis­tant Prof. Marzena Szczepańs­ka-Mod­rze­jew­s­ka, award­ed three equal prizes to stu­dents of the FCAM in War­saw: Rena­ta Hajnos, Woj­ciech Marzec, and Aldona Nawroc­ka. Apart from that, there were six hon­orary men­tions (for Katarzy­na Kuligows­ka, Sabi­na Kołodziej, Rena­ta Janos, Maria Kamo­da, Mag­dale­na Malec, Bar­bara Guran) and two prizes for the per­for­mance of Fry­deryk Chopin’s piece (Rector’s Cup: Tatiana Kluc­zok from the Acad­e­my of Music in Wrocław; prize of the Inter­na­tion­al Fry­deryk Chopin Foun­da­tion: Maria Kamo­da from the Acad­e­my of Music in Cra­cow).

Both com­pe­ti­tions (in 1999 and 2000) were organ­ised under the hon­orary patron­age of the FCAM’s Rec­tor.  Awards were found­ed by: Inter­na­tion­al Fry­deryk Chopin Foun­da­tion, Fry­deryk Chopin Soci­ety, Min­istry of Cul­ture, Nation­al Library, Ars Polo­nia and Arkady pub­lish­ers, FCAM Rec­tor, and Pres­i­dent of the Nation­al Bank of Poland, among oth­ers.

FCAM stu­dents also par­tic­i­pat­ed in oth­er com­pe­ti­tions addressed to non-piano majors, e.g. “Spring Piano Encoun­ters, Cra­cow 2012”, organ­ised by the Unit of Oblig­a­tory Piano of the Acad­e­my of Music in Cra­cow. Stu­dents: Mar­ta Mon­e­ta (spe­cial­ty: Choir Con­duct­ing, piano class of Prof. Ire­na Pro­tasewicz) and Dami­an Skowrońs­ki (spe­cial­ty: Church Music, piano class of Prof. Ire­na Pro­tasewicz) were award­ed with hon­orary men­tions in the cat­e­go­ry: “piano four hands” and “two pianos” dur­ing the 2nd Spring Piano Encoun­ters com­pe­ti­tion at the Acad­e­my of Music in Cra­cow (2014), and Katarzy­na Kar­bown­ik (spe­cial­ty: Con­duct­ing Music Ensem­bles, piano class of Prof. Ire­na Pro­tasewicz) won the 3rd prize (cat­e­go­ry: “solo piano”) dur­ing the 3rd Spring Piano Encoun­ters com­pe­ti­tion at the Acad­e­my of Music w Cra­cow (2014). Stu­dent Katarzy­na Kar­bown­ik also decid­ed to con­tin­ue piano stud­ies at the FCUM’s Depart­ment of Instru­men­tal and Edu­ca­tion­al Stud­ies in Białys­tok (2015), and took part in a mono­graph­ic con­cert of Romuald Twar­dows­ki (29 Novem­ber 2015, FCUM Con­cert Hall), per­form­ing the composer’s Small Con­cer­to with an orches­tra. Justy­na Abram­czyk (spe­cial­is­ing in Con­duct­ing Music Ensem­bles, piano class of dr hab. Maria Gabryś, prof. at the FCUM) and Bar­tosz Kra­jew­s­ki (spe­cial­is­ing in Choir Con­duct­ing, piano class of dr hab. Marcin T. Łukaszews­ki, prof. at the FCUM), who togeth­er form a piano duo, in 2017 won the 2nd prize (1st prize was not award­ed) at the 14th Inter­na­tion­al Štu­dentská umelecká čin­nosť Com­pe­ti­tion organ­ised by the Chair of Music (Depart­ment of Ped­a­gogy) at the Catholic Uni­ver­si­ty in Ruzomberok (Slo­va­kia). In the same year, Karoli­na Silk­i­na (piano class of Senior Lec­tur­er Han­na Stankiewicz-Jóźwic­ka) won the 1st prize at the 1st Inter-Uni­ver­si­ty Alter­na­tive Piano Con­fronta­tions at the Acad­e­my of Music in Cra­cow.

Piano class stu­dents have tak­en part in numer­ous con­certs and audi­tions at the FCUM and out­side of it, e.g. in the Cre­ative Com­mu­ni­ties Church, Cham­ber Hall of the „Dziekan­ka” Stu­dent Dor­mi­to­ry Blind Artists’ in War­saw, or Blind Artists’ Muse­um / Blind Artists’ Gallery of the Pol­ish Asso­ci­a­tion of the Blind (stu­dents of Prof. Mar­ta Gozdec­ka-Lesz and Senior Lec­tur­er Alek­san­dra Kowa­lik-Bur­dzy DMus), they also per­formed as soloists dur­ing a con­cert organ­ised by FCUM Vice-Rec­tor Prof. Ewa Iżykows­ka-Lip­ińs­ka for the Azer­bai­jan Embassy, play­ing orig­i­nal music sub­mit­ted by the embassy (stu­dents of Prof. Mał­gorza­ta Szpinal­s­ka). The stu­dent audi­tion was enriched with poet­ry, clas­si­cal dance, music rid­dles and exhi­bi­tion of draw­ings and paint­ings by stu­dents of the Fine Arts Acad­e­my in War­saw.

In Jan­u­ary 2017, the Unit of Gen­er­al Piano organ­ised a mono­graph­ic con­cert of works by Mar­i­an Sawa (1937–2005) to cel­e­brate his 80th birth­day anniver­sary.

At the ini­tia­tive of Prof. Mał­gorza­ta Szpinal­s­ka, the Unit has col­lab­o­rat­ed with the Sec­tion of Gen­er­al Piano of the K. Lip­ińs­ki Acad­e­my of Music in Wrocław (head: Marzena Szczepańs­ka-But­ler), tak­ing part in the above men­tioned con­certs.

The Inter­de­part­men­tal Unit of Com­pre­hen­sive Piano Stud­ies also con­ducts aca­d­e­m­ic activ­i­ty. Five research bul­letins have been pub­lished under its name by the FCAM Pub­lish­er. They main­ly con­sist­ed of arti­cles by the Unit employ­ees, and the major­i­ty of texts cov­ered top­ics in piano teach­ing as part of “gen­er­al piano” sub­jects.

The main area of activ­i­ty of the Inter­de­part­men­tal Unit of Com­pre­hen­sive Piano Stud­ies is super­vis­ing the edu­ca­tion­al process of piano teach­ing. Piano class­es are oblig­a­tory for all majors at the Depart­ment of Choir Con­duct­ing, Music Edu­ca­tion, Church Music, Rhyth­mics and Dance. Due to a diverse struc­ture of the Depart­ment, piano teach­ing is tai­lored to the needs of stu­dents of a giv­en spe­cial­ty or major. The cur­ric­u­la (now Nation­al Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Frame­work) have been mod­i­fied many times and adjust­ed to the chang­ing reg­u­la­tions for high­er edu­ca­tion. In the peri­od between the begin­ning of the Unit’s activ­i­ty and 2002, also the cur­ric­u­la for the “gen­er­al piano” sub­ject teach­ing for sep­a­rate Depart­ments were updat­ed.

Both stu­dent audi­tions and com­pe­ti­tions are aimed at mak­ing stu­dents more active, inte­grat­ing aca­d­e­m­ic com­mu­ni­ty, improv­ing the lev­el of edu­ca­tion and thus enhanc­ing the pres­tige of “gen­er­al piano” sub­jects.

Marcin Tadeusz Łukaszews­ki

Unit Mem­bers:
Pro­fes­sor FCUM Maria Gabryś, DMus Hab. — Head of the Unit
Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor Ewa Skar­dows­ka, DMus Hab.
Senior Lec­tur­er Janusz Gro­bel­ny, DMus
Senior Lec­tur­er Alek­san­dra Kowa­lik-Bur­dzy, DMus
Senior Lec­tur­er Antoni Lichomanow, DMus
Senior Lec­tur­er Andrzej Czemiel (Depart­ment of Instru­men­tal and Edu­ca­tion­al Stud­ies in Białys­tok)
Senior Lec­tur­er Lil­ian­na Gro­bel­ny
Senior Lec­tur­er Aldona Lep­ak
Senior Lec­tur­er Ari­ad­na Pus­toła
Senior Lec­tur­er Han­na Stankiewicz-Jóźwic­ka
Senior Lec­tur­er Tatiana Widera-San­jines
Lec­tur­er Ewa Szpotakows­ka

Co-work­er:

Contact:

e-mail: mzfo@chopin.edu.pl


last modified: 01/12/2017