The University is a centre for intensive concert life, which is a result of education of students as well as artistic and academic activity of teachers. The aim of the University’s concert activity is promoting artistic achievements of the UMFC and popularising music among numerous students coming to us, not only people living in Warsaw.
For many years, concerts in the UMFC Concert Hall have been held as part of three cycles:
- MONDAY CONCERTS (19:00 hrs, free admission cards)
- WEDNESDAY ON OKÓLNIK STREET (19:00 hrs, tickets – 15 PLN)
- SUNDAY CONCERTS (17:00 hrs, free admission cards)
Since 2019, concerts belonging to the cycle called THE UMFC CHAMBER-STYLE have also been organised in modernised chamber halls.
Stage presentations include different types of artistic events, such as chamber, symphonic and oratorio concerts and even musical, dance and opera performances. Freer forms of artistic expression are presented too, and they turn out really successful; there are also concerts of the big-band, wind orchestra, jazz and world music presentations, multimedia events, electronic and computer music.
There are many artistic ensembles at the University: Symphony Orchestra – it is comprised of students of the Department of Instrumental Studies. The young musicians work under the baton of renowned conductors from Poland and recently also from abroad. Mixed Choir – its members are students of Departments 1, 2, 5, 6 and part of 3. The choir’s artistic manager is Prof. Krzysztof Kusiel-Moroz. Wind Orchestra – the ensemble currently collaborates with Robert W. Rumbelow, an outstanding American conductor. Chopin University Big Band – its manager is Piotr Kostrzewa. Recently concert production type ensembles have been founded at the University. These include Chopin University Chamber Orchestra, Chopin University Chamber Choir, Chopin University Dance Company, Chopin University Modern Ensemble (CUME) and Chopin University Accordion Trio.
All concerts in the University’s artistic season are recorded for archival purposes by students of the Department of Sound Engineering supervised by their teachers – some of these recordings will be released on albums under the label Chopin University Press.
There are also numerous events not included in the official concert calendar of the University, e.g. students’ initiatives (activities of academic circles or Student Government, etc.) or extra undertakings organised by Chairs or Departments (such as concerts exchanged with other music institutions of higher education in Poland). In the summer holiday time, the UMFC has for many years organised the Festival and Music Course called “Chopin-Górecki”. In 2019 the UMFC co-organised and hosted an international summer programme for young musicians called Morningside Music Bridge – part of it were individual instrument playing lessons and numerous concerts varied in terms of character. The Chopin University of Music is an organiser of the All-Poland Competition for Chamber Wind Ensembles.
The University has pursued a joint project together with the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art and the Academy of Fine Arts, which is called the Opera Institute. It is Poland and Europe’s unique academic, teaching and research platform creating a specific type of continuation of the ideas of ancient Greece. It unites students and professors of numerous universities around the opera territory understood that way.
A unit responsible for the organisation of concerts being part of the cycles, i.e., Monday, Wednesday and Sunday concerts, and concerts in chamber halls, is the UMFC Concert Bureau.