The University of Music is one of the most important concert centres in Warsaw, brimming with ideas and initiatives of its students and a large group of concert teachers. The concert activity of the Chopin University of Music is aimed at popularizing the artistic achievements of the entire university community and at disseminating music among a large number of listeners who pay us a visit, which means residents of Warsaw and people from all around Poland as well as foreign tourists visiting the capital.
The university stages host chamber concerts and recitals, symphonic and oratorio concerts as well as opera, musical and dance performances. There are also more casual forms of artistic communication, which are also very popular, such as big band and brass band concerts, jazz and world music presentations as well as multimedia events, electronic and computer music. Concerts under the Chopin University of Music artistic season are organized by the Chopin University of Music Concert Bureau.
The university takes pride in its artistic ensembles. The Symphony Orchestra, made up of students of the Department of Instrumental Studies, presents a number of new concert programmes every year featuring both world symphonic music and premieres of works by composers from our university. It also cooperates with many famous soloists, and young musicians have the opportunity to work with outstanding conductors from Poland and abroad. The Chopin University of Music Mixed Choir consists of students of ‘non-instrumental’ departments – vocalists, dancers, sound engineers, composers, conductors of all specialties as well as organists and pianists. There is also the Brass Band and the wildly popular Chopin University Big Band. Recently, chamber ensembles of an impresario character have established themselves at the university: Chopin University Chamber Orchestra, Chopin University Chamber Choir, Chopin University Dance Company, Chopin University Modern Ensemble, Chopin University Electronic Music Studio and Chopin University Accordion Trio.
Almost all concerts under the university’s artistic season are archived by students of the Department of Sound Engineering under the supervision of their teachers. Some of these recordings appear later on albums published by Chopin University Press. Since 2020, some of the concerts have also been recorded in the audio-visual version, thanks to which they are later available on the university’s YouTube channel.
Our stages also host many student initiatives (e.g. activities of research clubs, the Students’ Self-Government) or additional chair and departmental undertakings, not included in the university’s official concert calendar. For many years, during the summer holidays, the ‘Chopin-Górecki’ Music Festival and Course has been organized at the Chopin University of Music, popularizing Polish music and music tradition among foreign art students.