The Department of Instrumental Studies is the largest Department at the Chopin University of Music; it has around 450 students and approximately 200 teachers. It was founded in 1946 and as a result of the transformations resulting from the Act 2.0, in 2018 it acquired its current form after the merging of the Department of Piano, Harpsichord and Organ and the Department of Instrumental Studies.
The Department boasts its numerous honorary doctors, e.g. Regina Smendzianka, Tadeusz Wroński, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, and honorary professors – such as Jerzy Marchwiński, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Piotr Paleczny, Stefan Kamasa, Kazimierz Michalik, and Józef Serafin. The The following Rectors were Department teachers: Regina Smendzianka, Tadeusz Wroński, Andrzej Chorosiński, and Kazimierz Gierżod. Also the current Rector, His Magnificence Klaudiusz Baran, is professor at the Department of Instrumental Studies.
Among the most outstanding graduates from the previous decades we should list the pianists Piotr Paleczny, Janusz Olejniczak, Piotr Anderszewski, Takashi Yamamoto, violinist Krzysztof Jakowicz, violist Ryszard Groblewski, cellist Marcin Zdunik, accordionist Klaudiusz Baran, or saxophonist Paweł Gusnar. The Department’s graduates are prize-winners at the most important competitions in Poland and abroad, e.g., the International Chopin Piano Competition, Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition, International ARD Competition in Munich, and many others.
The showcase of the Department of Instrumental Studies is the Symphony Orchestra and the Chopin Chamber Orchestra. Its pedagogues pursue active teaching and artistic activity, performing on the most significant stages in Poland and abroad; in recent years they released approximately 100 albums and won around a dozen “Fryderyk” awards.