Faculty of Instrumental Music

Dean: Mariusz Klimsiak, D.Mus.A., D.Litt.

Deputy Dean: Stanisław Miłek, D.Mus.A.

The establishment of the Faculty of Instrumental Music in 1974 came alongside the founding of the new higher school of music education in Bydgoszcz. At present, the Faculty is the biggest within the Academy, with approximately 260 students doing their undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes.

The organizational structure of the Faculty consists of the following units:

  • Piano Department
  • Department of String Instruments and Chamber Music
  • Department of Wind Instruments, Percussion and Chamber Music
  • Department of Harpsichord, Organ and Early Music
  • Department of Piano Chamber Music

The Faculty offers the following principal-study programmes and specializations:

  • Instrumental Music (full-time, 1st [B.Mus.-equivalent] and 2nd [M.Mus.-equivalent] degree studies)
    • specialization: Keyboard Instruments (Piano, Harpsichord, Organ, Accordion)
    • specialization: String Instruments (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass)
    • specialization: Wind Instruments (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba)
    • specialization: Percussion
    • specialization: Guitar
    • specialization: Historical Instruments (Baroque Violin, Baroque Viola, Baroque Cello, Baroque Double Bass, Viola da Gamba, Lute, Transverse Flute, Baroque Oboe, Natural Trumpet)
  • Instrumental Music (doctoral studies)

Coordinator: Piotr Kępiński, D.Mus.A., D.Litt.

  • Postgraduate Instrumental Music Programme
  • Early Music Programme

The Faculty offers its students a wide range of courses, among which are specialization-related and general music education subjects. Specialization-related courses form the core of the Faculty’s curriculum. Among the most important are: practice in playing the chosen, i.e. main instrument, practice in playing with an ensemble and orchestra (students of string, wind and percussion instruments), accompaniment practice (pianists), basso continuo and improvisation (harpsichordists and organists). The specialization-related subjects are complemented with other theoretical and general musical education courses such as musical literature, music history, or musical form analysis. Students also attend practical classes in foreign languages.

The Faculty undertakes a number of initiatives ensuring a steady enhancement of quality standards in teaching and a further individualization of the teaching process, which may be observed in the number of optional courses on offer. Improving teaching and learning also means enabling young instrumentalists to actively participate in a variety of artistic events organized by the Academy with the view to aiding them in obtaining invaluable experience in performance, thereby testing their individual predispositions and natural abilities, and giving them ample opportunity for deriving satisfaction from their artistic work.

Graduates of the Faculty are prepared to take up careers as soloists, chamber musicians, orchestra musicians and accompanists. Additionally, after completing the Music Pedagogy Programme, they become qualified teachers of the chosen instruments.

The Faculty ensures high quality education by investing in the creative potential of its teaching staff who combine pedagogical work with artistic and academic activities. The professors, such as Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń, Ewa Pobłocka, Jadwiga Kotnowska, Mariusz Patyra, Andrzej Bauer, Avadij Brodski, or Krzysztof Pełech, attract young talented instrumentalists, prize-winners of national and international competitions. Perhaps the most spectacular musical achievement to date has been winning the first prize at the 15th International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw by Rafał Blechacz.

The Faculty’s educational activity is complemented by workshops, extra training programmes and symposiums, which gives the Faculty’s students plenty of opportunity to work with eminent guest lecturers and performers – such world-renowned instrumentalists as Franck Morelli, Roman Jabłoński, Michel Lethiec, Viktor Pikaizen, Marcin Dylla, John Butt, Julia Brown, Guy Bovet, Jacqueline Ross, Dang Thai Son, Mikhail Voskresensky, Dina Yoffe, Kevin Kenner, Vincent David, Gabor Varga, or the Silesian String Quartet. On the initiative of the Department of Harpsichord, Organ and Early Music, the Faculty has organized master courses and early music workshops taught by Michael Schmidt-Casdorff, Anton Birula or Marek Rzepka, among others.