The Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź
The history of the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź goes back to the early years of the 20th century. At this time Helena Kijeńska-Dobkiewiczowa founded a Music Conservatory, where she gathered a team of outstanding musicians and teachers. After World War II, the school was reactivated, as the State Higher School of Music (since April 1946). Its first rector was Prof. Kazimierz Wiłkomirski, whereas Prof. Helena Kijeńska-Dobkiewiczowa hold the post of a deputy rector. In 1982 the School changed its name to Academy of Music, and in 1999 it adopted the name of Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz. Among its outstanding alumni, there are such artists as: Jan Krenz, Urszula Kryger, Teresa Kubiak, Dominik Połoński, Piotr Pławner, Kazimierz Serocki, Wanda Wiłkomirska, Teresa Żylis-Gara
The Academy has its main residence in a historical palace, which gives its everlasting charm and creates a unique atmosphere to study and perform. The Academy not only modernises but also extends its infrastructure for better comfort of present and future students. In October 2013 the newly built Concert Hall was opened which offers exquisite acoustics, a high-end sound and recording system, professional recording studio and a large didactic base. In the beginning of the academic year 2014/2015 another modern facility, the Regional Centre of Culture, Education and Musical Documentation, was completed, in which there are a library and a record library, a recording studio and a sound laboratory, Chamber Concert Hall as well as lecture halls and practicing rooms.
The rich educational programme of the Academy includes more than 50 specialties across four faculties: Faculty of Composition, Theory of Music, Conducting, Eurhythmics and Music Education Faculty of Piano, Organ, Harpsichord and Early Instruments and Jazz Faculty of Instrumental Studies of Vocal and Acting Performance.
The Academy offers studies of the first-cycle (bachelor), the second-cycle (master), and in performance specialties also the third-cycle (doctoral) or post-diploma studies. Academy in its offer has some new areas, i.a. film music composition, music in media, jazz instruments, musical, chamber piano, sound engineering and music production. In selected areas the Academy has English as the language of instruction.
High standard of education in the Academy of Music in Łódź is proved by many successes of its graduates and students, including winning prestigious scholarships and prizes at international and state music competitions. The Academy provides its students with many possibilities of personal development, both in artistic and professional sense, especially by giving them a chance to participate in a large number of artistic projects performed by the ensembles of the Academy: symphonic orchestra, string orchestra, baroque orchestra, big band, classic wind orchestra, percussion ensembles as well as eurhythmic and dance groups. Every year the Academy extensively arranges artistic and scholarly events, i.a. conferences and sessions, symphonic, oratorio and chamber concerts; opera, musical and dance spectacles. The outcome of research and artistic activity led by particular chairs are numerous academic publications: books, scores, journals and CDs.
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