Professor Alicja Paleta-Bugaj, DMus Hab.

Music education

1969 — diplo­ma with hon­ours from the F. Chopin State Sec­ondary Music School in Cra­cow in Romana Witeszczakowa’s class.

1969–1974 — col­lege stud­ies at the Acad­e­my of Music in War­saw in Pro­fes­sor Jan Ekier’s class, diplo­ma with hon­ours. She also stud­ied cham­ber music (extend­ed cur­ricu­lum), among oth­ers under Pro­fes­sor Kaz­imierz Wiłkomirs­ki.

After grad­u­at­ing from col­lege she took part in inter­na­tion­al piano cours­es where she also had con­tact with the Russ­ian school of teach­ing. In 1992, as a schol­ar of the Koś­ciuszko Foun­da­tion, she became famil­iar with the Amer­i­can school of teach­ing at the Jul­liard School of Music and the Man­hat­tan School of Music. She also obtained a schol­ar­ship to study at the Uni­ver­si­ty of South Cal­i­for­nia where she con­cen­trat­ed on the meth­ods of coun­ter­act­ing faulty piano play­ing appa­ra­tus.

Concert career

As a con­cert pianist Alic­ja Pale­ta-Bugaj main­ly gives solo recitals. She has a very het­ero­ge­neous reper­to­ry but pays spe­cial atten­tion to the music of Fry­deryk Chopin and Karol Szy­manows­ki. She also gives sym­pho­ny and cham­ber con­certs.

Alic­ja Pale­ta-Bugaj has per­formed in most Euro­pean coun­tries (includ­ing the Unit­ed King­dom, Ger­many, Lithua­nia, Swe­den, the Czech Repub­lic, France, Spain and Italy) and also in the Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca and the Unit­ed Arab Emi­rates. In 1978–81 she per­formed with A. Cofa­lik and K. Okoń as the Cra­cow Trio. The Trio had many for­eign tours where it played trios by Chopin, Brahms, Schu­bert, Beethoven, Shostakovich, Zaręb­s­ki and Schnit­tke.

Teaching career

Alic­ja Pale­ta-Bugaj has worked at the FCUM in War­saw since 1975, first as an assis­tant in Pro­fes­sor Jan Ekier’s class, next, after her first lev­el spe­cial­i­sa­tion (1979) as a tutor and then, after her sec­ond lev­el spe­cial­i­sa­tion (1984) as an assis­tant pro­fes­sor. She was nom­i­nat­ed asso­ciate pro­fes­sor in 1998. She was the head of the First Chair of Piano at the AMFC (2000–2006), Chair of Piano at the FCUM (2006–2013). With­in this Chair she organ­is­es mono­graph­ic con­certs devot­ed to out­stand­ing com­posers and often takes part in these con­certs her­self. Some of the most impor­tant con­certs were:

For many years Alic­ja Pale­ta-Bugaj has led numer­ous piano cours­es in Poland (War­saw, Głu­chołazy) and abroad (Italy, Spain) and been a mem­ber of com­pe­ti­tion com­mis­sions.

Her most impor­tant teach­ing assump­tions are: nat­u­ral­ness of play­ing, spe­cial emo­tion­al involve­ment and ren­der­ing of the composer’s cre­ative inten­tion. One of the most impor­tant ideas she tries to con­vey, both as a pianist and as a teacher, is the need to retain the ver­i­ty of the artis­tic mes­sage and the need to treat the lan­guage of music as a form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion in the broad­est pos­si­ble sense.

Alic­ja Pale­ta-Bugaj is a mem­ber of the Karol Szy­manows­ki Soci­ety (of which she was vice-chair­man in 1992–1999). Her cur­rent short biog­ra­phy can be found in the lat­est edi­tion of the bio­graph­ic dic­tio­nary, Con­tem­po­rary Pol­ish Schol­ars, vol­ume III.


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