prof. dr hab.

Stanisław Skoczyński


Professor Mikołaj Stasiniewicz’s last student,
he continued his studies at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw. He perfected his skills in interpretation of contemporary music in Paris where he worked with professor Silvio Gualdo and Professor Gaston Silvestre. He took active part in courses devoted to the interpretation of contemporary music, led by such composers as Iannis Xenakis, Mauricio Kagel, Luciano Berio, Luigi Nono, Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, Georg Aperghis, Toru Takemitsu and Elliot Carter.

He is a soloist of the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw and co-founder, member and conductor of the Warsaw Percussion Group. He has worked with many distinguished soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras in Poland and abroad.

He is a specialist in the interpretation of so-called Multipercussion and Instrumental Theatre works and as such he has performed at home and abroad. He has given many first performances of pieces for percussion and has made many radio and record recordings in Poland and abroad. He has nearly all works ever written for solo percussion in his repertory. Many contemporary compositions for percussion instruments have been dedicated to him. One of them is Stanisław Moryto’s CARMINA CRUCIS.

Stanisław Skoczyński is an active teacher and thesis supervisor. He conducts numerous courses, seminars and percussion congresses in Poland and abroad and at many music academies and universities. Being a recognised, world-wide authority in his speciality he has judged many international competitions. He has published many articles in prestigious music journals in Poland and abroad. He is percussion class professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. His former students have won many percussion contests and pursued successful artistic and academic careers as professors of well-known universities in Europe and the USA.

Stanisław Skoczyński is also the founder, inspirer and artistic director of the International Festival of Percussion Arts CROSSDRUMMING, World Percussion Art Congresses, International Master Courses and the International Mikołaj Stasiniewicz Percussion Competition organised in commemoration of his Master and Mentor.