The Department of Piano, Harpsichord and Organ
Only art may express what is immortal in man.
I. J. Paderewski
Following the motto of our patron, one of the most outstanding pianists in history, we spare no effort for our students to perceive the course at the Department of Piano, Harpsichord and Organ as unique and élite.
Founded in 1958, the Department of Piano was chaired by Professor Wacław Lewandowski. In the academic year 1999/2000, the Senate of the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań passed a resolution to expand the organizational structure of the Department with two majors: Harpsichord and Organ. Successive chairs included prof. Gertruta Konatkowska, prof. Olga Iliwicka-Dąbrowska, prof. Jan Jański, prof. Waldemar Andrzejewski, prof. Andrzej Tatarski, and prof. Alicja Kledzik. The piano class was led by such prominent artists as Raul Koczalski, Stanisław Szpinalski, Władysław Kędra, and Halina Czerny-Stefańska.
Our graduates (e.g. Joanna Marcinkowska, Piotr Żukowski, Jacek Kortus) enjoy spectacular successes at national and international piano competitions and festivals. We host piano master classes led by such esteemed pianists as Andrzej Jasiński, Martin Hughes, and Ronan O’Hora. Since 2008, the Department has co-organized the International Piano Competition Halina Czerny-Stefańska in Memoriam whose winners confirm its world renown.
Our staff originate and contribute to organizing significant artistic events, including the Academic Organ Competition, the National Harpsichord Competition, and the Summer Academy of Ancient Music. The Department organizes numerous concerts and festivals at the Academy and in prestigious concert halls in Poznań to offer young musicians opportunities to present their skills and acquire stage experience.