Professor Elżbieta Gajewska-Gadzina, DMus Hab.

Pho­to Su Jin Choi

She grad­u­at­ed from the State High­er School of Music in War­saw (now the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music) in June 1969, obtain­ing a diplo­ma with hon­ours. In the peri­od of 1970–1972 she stud­ied in the class of Jean-Pierre Ram­pal and Ala­in Mar­i­on in Paris as a hold­er of the schol­ar­ship of the French Gov­ern­ment. Between 1971 and 1979 she many times par­tic­i­pat­ed in sum­mer music cours­es at Aca­de­mie Inter­na­tio­naled’Ete in Nice (France), class of Jean-Pierre Ram­pal, Ala­in Mar­i­on and Ray­mond Guiot.

From 1973 to 1992 she sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly con­sult­ed the work on the devel­op­ment of her flute skills with Geza Novak – the leg­endary flautist of the Czech Phil­har­mon­ic in Prague, famous for his great cre­ations of sym­pho­ny pieces under the baton of the most out­stand­ing con­duc­tors of the 20th cen­tu­ry (e.g. R. Kube­lik, K. Ancerl, C. Munch, or V. Talich). In 1972 she start­ed her con­cert activ­i­ty in Poland and abroad. She has per­formed in the fol­low­ing coun­tries: Czech Repub­lic, France, Italy, Ger­many, Swe­den, Hun­gary, Bul­gar­ia, Rus­sia, Belarus, Ukraine, Cana­da, Cuba, Japan, South Korea, India, Thai­land and Brazil. The reper­toire she presents dur­ing recitals, con­certs with orches­tras and cham­ber con­certs spans from baroque to con­tem­po­rary music, with spe­cial focus on the Pol­ish music she dynam­i­cal­ly pro­motes.

In the 1970s and 1980s she par­tic­i­pat­ed in the tour around Ger­many, France and Switzer­land in the role of orches­tra mem­ber (1st flute) with the War­saw Orches­tra of the Pol­ish Radio under the baton of Jan Pruszak and the Cham­ber Orches­tra under the baton of Woj­ciech Rajs­ki from Gdańsk. She also took part in con­certs of fes­ti­val orches­tras in Brazil (Curi­tiba) and Ger­many (Bayreuth).

Since 1972 she has pur­sued an unin­ter­rupt­ed teach­ing career – first she worked at the State Sec­ondary Music School, and then (since 1974) at the State High­er School of Music in War­saw (now the FCUM). At her par­ent uni­ver­si­ty she obtained sub­se­quent aca­d­e­m­ic pro­mo­tions: she became adi­unkt [Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor] (1 Octo­ber 1980), then docent [Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor]  (19 Feb­ru­ary 1991), Extra­or­di­nary Pro­fes­sor (1 Jan­u­ary 1980), Pro­fes­sor in Musi­cal Arts (25 Novem­ber 1992; the title was con­ferred upon her by Pres­i­dent Lech Wałęsa), and Full Pro­fes­sor (1 April 2007).

From 1996 to the end of 2006 she was the flute class Pro­fes­sor at Keimy­ung Uni­ver­sity – Col­lege of Music in South Korea. She also gave lec­tures, taught cours­es and sem­i­nars in Brazil, Cana­da, France, Belarus, Nor­way and Switzer­land.

Elż­bieta Gajew­ska rep­re­sents and cul­ti­vates the con­tem­po­rary school of flute play­ing orig­i­nat­ing from the French school the adopt­ing of which in Poland became the pri­ma­ry aim of her ped­a­gogy years ago. Cur­rent­ly she has con­tin­ued her teach­ing work at Warsaw’s uni­ver­si­ty of music, at the same time pur­su­ing her con­cert activ­i­ty per­form­ing both classical/romantic music and con­tem­po­rary music.

In Feb­ru­ary 2012 she was award­ed with a medal “For Mer­its to the FCUM”, and in Novem­ber 2013 she received the Award of the Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Nation­al Her­itage in recog­ni­tion of the whole of her artis­tic and teach­ing achieve­ments.

last modified: 19/02/2018