Professor FCUM Urszula Janik, DMus Hab.

Urszu­la Janik start­ed to learn flute play­ing at the H. Wieni­aws­ki State Sec­ondary Music School in Łódź, class of Pro­fes­sor Antoni Wierzbińs­ki under whose super­vi­sion she also com­plet­ed uni­ver­si­ty stud­ies at the Acad­e­my of Music in Łódź (diplo­ma with hon­ours, 1984). She devel­oped her skills at the Paris Con­ser­va­to­ry, in class of Pro­fes­sor Alain Mar­i­on who found­ed a one-year schol­ar­ship for her as an award at the Inter­na­tion­al J.P. Ram­pal Flute Com­pe­ti­tion in Paris. She con­tin­ued her stud­ies in Paris for the fol­low­ing year, hold­ing a schol­ar­ship of the French gov­ern­ment. In that time she also par­tic­i­pat­ed in mas­ter cours­es of inter­pre­ta­tion in Nice (Pro­fes­sor Alain Mar­i­on), Bayreuth (Pro­fes­sor Milan Munclinger) and Duszni­ki (Pro­fes­sor Jerzy Mrozik).

Dur­ing her stud­ies she took part in numer­ous inter­na­tion­al flute com­pe­ti­tions which brought her many awards and dis­tinc­tions. Among the most impor­tant ones were: 1st award and spe­cial award at the All-Poland Flute Com­pe­ti­tion in Włoszkow­ice, 4th award at the Inter­na­tion­al Flute com­pe­ti­tion in Ancona (Italy), 4th award at the 1st Inter­na­tion­al Flute Com­pe­ti­tion in Kobe, and 4th award at the Inter­na­tion­al J.S. Bach Flute Com­pe­ti­tion in Leipzig.

Straight after uni­ver­si­ty grad­u­a­tion she start­ed col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Pol­ish Cham­ber Orches­tra (now Sin­fo­nia Varso­via) and she became its first flautist and soloist. The artis­tic per­son­al­i­ty of Urszu­la Janik was shaped dur­ing the orchestra’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with the great­est music fig­ures of recent years, such as M. Arg­erich, Ch. Dutoit, J. Gal­way, I. Grafe­nauer, L. Hager, M. Maisky, A. Mar­i­on, A.-S. Mut­ter, K. Pen­derec­ki, J.-P. Ram­pal, M. Ros­tropovich and many oth­ers. A spe­cial place among them had Yehu­di Menuhin under whose baton she per­formed as a soloist (and not only).

Urszu­la Janik has per­formed con­certs with many sym­pho­ny orches­tras in Poland, and also as a soloist with Sin­fo­nia Varso­via in many Euro­pean coun­tries. She debuted at the Nation­al Phil­har­mon­ic play­ing the solo flute part in Andrzej Panufnik’s Sin­fo­nia Con­cer­tante under the baton of Jerzy Katlewicz (she also made an archive record­ing of this piece with the Great Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra of the Pol­ish Radio and Tele­vi­sion). She made numer­ous archive record­ings for the Pol­ish Radio and Tele­vi­sion. In March 2002 a CD on which she per­forms, con­tain­ing cham­ber pieces by: C. Debussy, J. Ibert, M. Rav­el and A. Rous­sel, was released.

Since Jan­u­ary 2002 Urszu­la Janik has been the first flautist of the Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra of the Nation­al Phil­har­mon­ic in War­saw.

Since Octo­ber 2002 she has taught flute class at the Graży­na and Kiejs­tut Bacewicz Acad­e­my of Music in Łódź. She is also a lec­tur­er at numer­ous flute cours­es and work­shops, e.g. in Nowy Sącz and Sarbinowo; she sits on the jury of nation­al flute audi­tions and com­pe­ti­tions. In May 2010 she was invit­ed to the 8th Inter­na­tion­al Flute Fes­ti­val in Slove­nia, where she per­formed con­certs and ran flute work­shops along with such flute music stars as Pro­fes­sor Peter-Lukas Graf and Emmanuel Pahud.

In 2012 she released a CD enti­tled ‘Bar­wy Fle­tu’ [The Colours of Flute] with the French flute lit­er­a­ture mas­ter­pieces. In the same year a CD with her solo par­tic­i­pa­tion in Krzysztof Penderecki’s  Fono­gram­mi was released. The album was nom­i­nat­ed for and then award­ed with the Gram­my 2013 award.

In Feb­ru­ary 2013 Urszu­la Janik obtained a post-doc­tor­al degree in music arts. From the aca­d­e­m­ic year of  2013/2014 she has been employed at the FCUM hold­ing the post of Pro­fes­sor.

She holds the func­tion of Vice-Dean of the Depart­ment of Instru­men­tal Stud­ies (term of office 2016–2020).


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