Grażyna Paciorek-Draus

Pho­to Adam Frankows­ki

Graży­na Paciorek-Draus is a the­o­reti­cian of music, com­pos­er and teacher. She com­plet­ed MA stud­ies spe­cial­is­ing in Com­po­si­tion, and Post­grad­u­ate Stud­ies in The­o­ry of Music at the Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­e­my of Music in War­saw (now the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music). She won the schol­ar­ship of the Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Art, as well as the Pri­mus Inter Pares award. She con­tin­ued her edu­ca­tion by par­tic­i­pat­ing in inter­na­tion­al cours­es for young com­posers, organ­ised by the Pol­ish Con­tem­po­rary Music Soci­ety, as well as cours­es and sem­i­nars in the­o­ry of music. She devot­ed her doc­tor­al dis­ser­ta­tion to piano pieces by Tomasz Siko­rs­ki and to the per­son­al­i­ty of this com­pos­er shown from the per­spec­tive of Kaz­imierz Dąbrowski’s The­o­ry of Pos­i­tive Dis­in­te­gra­tion.

She is employed at her par­ent Uni­ver­si­ty hold­ing the post of Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor. She holds the func­tion of Head of Aur­al Train­ing and Har­mo­ny Lab as part of the Chair of Music Edu­ca­tion. She is a qual­i­fied teacher of the­o­ret­i­cal sub­jects at the Zenon Brzews­ki Gen­er­al Sec­ondary Music School (the so-called “school of tal­ents”) and the J. Elsner State Sec­ondary Music School in War­saw.

She is an orga­niz­er and juror of solfeg­gio and com­po­si­tion com­pe­ti­tions for chil­dren and youth. She is an author of cur­ric­u­la, as well as a co-author of the new cur­ricu­lum for ear train­ing at sec­ondary music schools.

As a com­pos­er she has pre­sent­ed her pieces at such events as: Inter­na­tion­al Con­tem­po­rary Music Fes­ti­val “The War­saw Autumn”, The Witold Lutosławs­ki Forum, Musi­ca Polo­nica Nova, as well as in France, Cana­da, USA, Hol­land and Chile, and on the radio and tele­vi­sion in Poland and abroad. Her com­po­si­tions have also been record­ed on albums released by Acte Préa­la­ble and they have been nom­i­nat­ed for the “Fry­deryk” awards.

She gives lec­tures dur­ing work­shops, sem­i­nars,  and open lessons for pri­ma­ry and sec­ondary music school teach­ers and stu­dents of music acad­e­mies. She also runs her orig­i­nal class­es in music per­cep­tion and inter­pre­ta­tion, 20th cen­tu­ry music, impro­vi­sa­tion, mem­o­ry tech­niques, as well as the Train­ing in Artis­tic Self-Real­iza­tion.

She coop­er­ates with the Chair of The­o­ry of Music, Chair of Music Acoustics, Unit of Psy­chol­o­gy of Music and Inter­de­part­men­tal Teach­ing Course at the FCUM, and also with the Cen­tre of Edu­ca­tion for Artis­tic School Teach­ers and the Cul­tura Ani­mi Foun­da­tion.

She active­ly par­tic­i­pates in schol­ar­ly ses­sions and con­fer­ences. She is an author of pub­li­ca­tions on the­o­ry and phi­los­o­phy of music, music per­cep­tion and inter­pre­ta­tion, anthro­pol­o­gy of cul­ture, 20th cen­tu­ry music, as well as teach­ing and music crit­i­cism. Her schol­ar­ly inter­ests also cov­er music edu­ca­tion, per­cep­tion and inter­pre­ta­tion of music, and the devel­op­ment of cre­ative per­son­al­i­ty.

He has been hon­oured with numer­ous awards for aca­d­e­m­ic, teach­ing and artis­tic achieve­ments, e.g. for arrange­ments and poet­ry.

last modified: 28/10/2016