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The Academy of Music in Poznań

The Academy of Music in Poznań

The Academy was established in 1920 as the State Academy and School of Music. Then, in 1922 its name was changed into the State Music Conservatory. The first director of the Academy was a composer Henryk Opieński, his successors between the WW I and WW II were: a cellist Zygmunt Butkiewicz (1026 - 1029) an a violinist Zdzisław Jahnke (1930 - 1939). Among the teachers were composers - Feliks Nowowiejski, Stanisław Wiechowicz; pianists - Gertruda Konatkowska, Józef Turczyński; singers - Maria Trampczyńska, Michał Prawdzic; musicologists - Wacław Gieburowski, Lucjan Kamieńśki; a contrabassist - Adam Bronisław Ciechański; a cellist - Dezyderiusz Danczowski.
The Conservatory was not only an appreciated teaching institution, but also an important concert centre in Poznań of those years. By 1939 diplomas were awarded to 130 graduates.

After the War, in October 1945, the institution resumed its activities in its present premises in Św. Marcin Street 87, and then, in 1947 it was turned into the State Higher School of Music. The present name: the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music has been used since 1981. The educational offer is now widened by the programme run at the Szczecin Branch of the Academy, which was opened in 1961 (first, as a Consulting Point)

The position of rector was held by: Zdzisław Jahnke (1945-1948), a musicologist Zygmunt Sitowski (1948-1951), a pianist Wacław Lewandowski (1951-1961), a choir master Edmund Maćkowiak (1961-1967), a musicologist and conductor Stefan Stuligrosz (1967-1981), a pianist Waldemar Andrzejewski (1981-1987), a choir master Stanisław Kulczyński (1987 -1993), an oboist Mieczysław Koczorowski (1993-1999), a cellist Stanisław Pokorski (1999-2005). Since September 2005 the position has been held by a pianist Bogumił Nowicki.

The Academy has acquired a considerable teaching importance by employing outstanding artistic personalities, among them such artists as: conductors - Walerian Bierdiajew, Stanisław Wisłocki; pianists - Olga Iliwicka-Dąbrowska, Władysław Kędra, Raul Koczalski, Stanisław Szpinalski; composers - Florian Dąbrowski, Andrzej Koszewski, Stefan Bolesław Poradowski, Tadeusz Szeligowski; singers - Antonina Kawecka, Marian Kouba, Stanisław Romański, Irena Winiarska; violinists - Jadwiga Kaliszewska, Edward Statkiewicz; a percussionist - Jerzy Zgodziński.

The I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music has delivered the title of the Doctor Honoris Causa to two splendid internationally renowned conductors: Jan Krenzi in 2000 and Stefan Stuligrosz in 2002.

Students and teachers of the Academy have received numerous awards and honours in, to mention just a few places: Aqua, Alessandria, Darmstadt, Haarlem, Koln, Milan, Moscow, Paris, St. Petersburg, Tokyo and Vienna.

In the years of 1945 - 2005, the diplomas of higher education were awarded to over 3500 graduates (in Poznan and Szczecin). Presently, the Academy trains over 700 students and employs 240 academic staff including 53 professors.


 

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