Persons related to Chopin Persons related to Chopin

Waldemar Romuald Wojtal

Waldemar Romuald Wojtal

Waldemar Romuald Wojtal

Waldemar Wojtal graduated with distinction from the class of Zbigniew Śliwiński at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk. He completed post-graduate studies in Paris with Vlado Perlemuter and Suzanne Roche. He honed his skills in masterclasses given by György Sebők and Dieter Zechlin. He is a former grant-holder of the Fryderyk Chopin Society in Warsaw and a prize-winner of the Youth Stage in the Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk, the Young Musicians’ Festival in Gdańsk and the 2nd All-Poland Piano Competition in Warsaw.

He has performed in concert in Poland and abroad, including in France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, the USA and Ukraine.

The principal strand of his professional work is teaching. Since 1979, he has given a piano class at Gdańsk Music Academy. He also works with gifted pupils of secondary schools of music. His pupils have included many prize-winners of piano competitions. 

He is a long-serving member of the Polish Children’s Fund, where he trains outstandingly talented young pianists selected from Polish music schools for their significant achievements in competition.

He works with the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Centre for Artistic Education, including as a member of the Committee for Artistic Education, a juror of nationwide auditions run by those institutions and a leader of seminars for piano teachers.

He gives masterclasses at home and abroad. He has sat on the jury of national and international piano competitions and is also the initiator and organiser of the 1st Baltic International Piano Competition.

Since 1999, he has been head of the piano department at Gdańsk Academy of Music, and he has also served two stints as the academy’s vice-chancellor (1993–1999 and 2004–2005). It was under his tenure that the Music Academy moved into its new premises and construction work began on the new concert hall building.

He has been honoured with awards by the Minister of Culture, as well as receiving the Gold Cross of Merit, the Gloria Artis Medal for services to culture and the National Education Medal.


 

By category: