Academy of Music in Kraków

The Academy of Music in Kraków (Polish: Akademia Muzyczna w Krakowie) is a conservatory located in central Kraków, Poland. It is the alma mater of the renowned Polish contemporary composer Krzysztof Penderecki, who was also its Rector for 15 years. The Academy is the only one in Poland to have two winners of the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw (Halina Czerny-Stefańska and Adam Harasiewicz) as well as a few further prize-winners among its alumni.[1]

Academy of Music in Kraków
Akademia Muzyczna w Krakowie
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The main building of the Academy at St. Thomas Street in Kraków Old Town; view from Planty Park
Address
ul. św. Tomasza 43


,
31-515

Poland
CoordinatesCoordinates: 50°03′42.1″N 19°56′35.9″E / 50.061694°N 19.943306°E / 50.061694; 19.943306
Information
Motto"Plus ratio quam vis"
Founded1888
FounderWładysław Żeleński
StatusPublic
RectorProf. Stanisław Krawczyński
AffiliationsThe European Association of Conservatoires, Association of Baltic Academies of Music, CEEPUS, Socrates-Erasmus
Websitewww.amuz.krakow.pl

Historical backgroundEdit

The Academy was founded in 1888 by the eminent Polish composer Władysław Żeleński thanks to his artistic connections and patronage of Princess Marcelina Czartoryska, a concert pianist and former pupil of Frédéric Chopin. Until 1945 it operated as a conservatory under the name of Conservatory of the Music Society or, the Cracow Conservatory. During the partitions of Poland, as the region of Lesser Poland and Kraków was ruled by the Austrian Empire – in the late 18th century, it was necessary to gain the consent of the Austrian administration and meet the imperial requirements set for all conservatoires. The newly opened school was inspected by Joseph Dachs and Johann Fuchs, both professors of the Vienna Conservatoire, and received their enthusiastic opinion. It enjoyed a period of great growth in the twenty years between the two wars under directors Wiktor Barabasz and Boleslaw Wallek-Walewski.

The professorial staff included such names as Zbigniew Drzewiecki, Jan Gall, Zdzisław Jachimecki, Egon Petri and Severin Eisenberger.

Closed during the Nazi occupation of 1939-1945, especially after Sonderaktion Krakau in 1939, the conservatoire continued its activity underground and finally reopened on 1 September 1945, becoming the State Higher School of Music as of 1 February 1946 under its first rector, Prof. Zbigniew Drzewiecki. In 1979 it gained the rank of an Academy of Music. On 1 October 2000 the Academy inaugurated its new premises at 41-43, St. Thomas Street (ul. Sw. Tomasza).

StructureEdit

 
Composer Krzysztof Penderecki (b. 1933)

Faculty of musical composition, interpretation, analysis and educationEdit

  • Institute of Composition, Conducting and Theory of Music
  • Institute of Choral Music and Music Education
  • Institute of Church Music
  • Department of Composition
  • Departmend of Conducting
  • Department of Theory and Analysis
  • Department of Theory and Aural Training
  • Department of Choral Music
  • Department of Music Education
  • Electroacoustic Music Studio

Instrumental facultyEdit

  • Piano Department
  • Organ Department
  • Wind Instruments, Percussion and Accordicon Department
  • Harpsichord and Early Music Department
  • Violin and Viola Department
  • Cello and Double Bass Department
  • Chamber Music Department
  • Contemporary Music and Jazz Department

Faculty of voice and dramaEdit

  • Vocal Department

People associated with the academyEdit

 
Composer Krzysztof Meyer (b. 1943)

Notable alumniEdit

The list does not include graduates who later became staff of the Academy.

From postgraduate studies

Notable facultyEdit

 
Composer Bogusław Schaeffer, b. 1929

Academics before World War IIEdit

Academics after 1945Edit

Also graduated from the Academy:

Non-graduates

Doctors honoris causaEdit

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mission statement". Akademia Muzyczna w Krakowie (homepage). Archived from the original on June 3, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  2. ^ Jancik, Filip (2013). "Curriculum Vitae". Sylvia Čápová - Vizváry. Retrieved 22 October 2017.