Stanislaw Moniuszko Music Academy in Gdansk is a state art university. It was established as the Higher State School of Music in Sopot by the Ministry of Art and Culture order on 25 September 1947. Subsequently, it was transformed into the Higher State School of Music in Gdansk by the government order on 30 September 1966. Finally, it was converted into Stanislaw Moniuszko Music Academy in Gdansk by the government order on 1 December 1981.
The Academy of Music in Gdańsk is over half a century old. In northern Poland it was the only Musical Academy for a long time, covering an area of 1/4th of the country. Today it’s backstage is an area covering 1/5th of the country with 5 million citizens.
The Academy raised much more than 4000 graduates so far. Amongst them, there are winners of prestigious competitions and prominent artists; some of them: vocalist Zofia Janukowicz – winner of the International Music Competition in s’Hertogenbosch, pianist Jerzy Sulikowski – winner of the International Music Competition in Geneva, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń – pianist an the outstanding teacher, violinist Konstanty A. Kulka – winner of the International Music Competition in Munich, pianist Ewa Pobłocka – laureate of the International Chopin competition in Warsaw; vocalist Stefania Toczyska – former soloist of the Vienna Opera, vocalists – participants of numerous prominent music events, Piotr Kusiewicz, Bożena Harasimowicz-Haas, Ryszard Minkiewicz or Tomasz Krzysica, winner of the vocal competition in Milan, strongly connected with the La Scala opera in 2001. Amongst the Academy graduates a strong position in jazz was obtained by Włodzimierz Nahorny and Leszek Możdżer.
The graduates of the Academy are highly valued in symphonic orchestras in Poland and abroad. Filharmonies and operas of northern Poland, as well as numerous other groups (for example the Ancient Music Ensemble “Cappella Gedanensis”) are mainly formed of graduates of our Academy. They also teach in various 1st and 2nd grade music schools. The quality of teaching in our Academy has a fundamental influence on the music life in northern Poland and provides a visible contribution to the music life in other areas.
The Academy, founded in 1947 as the Higher State Music School in Sopot, at the beginning operated in very modest conditions. In 1967 it was moved to a slightly bigger building in Gdańsk on Łagiewniki Street number 3. In the nineties of the 20th century the Academy obtained abandoned 19th century military barracks. The buildings were reconstructed and modernized and became the new residence, big, for the first time suitable for the purposes and the scale of activities of the Academy. In 1998 the Instrumental Faculty as well as the administration moved to the first of the two reconstructed buildings. In 1999 in the wing of the second (much bigger) building, a new, modern and fully equipped Academic House was put at disposal. In 2001 the whole Academy moved to the new buildings. The reconstruction and putting to use the whole renovated complex – together with the new Concert Hall – has been completed in 2007. The conditions in which the students can study, are already one of the best in the country. Nevertheless, the subsequent development is due to implement.
Annually, about 800 students study on all years and faculties. The Academy enables postgraduate studies for composers, instrumentalists, brass band conductors and music theorists.
The Academy carries out the registration and conferment procedure for a doctoral degree, endowing the Doctor of Arts, Post-doctoral degrees; the Academy also has the right to begin the Professor of Arts degree proceedings.
183 academic teachers give lectures in the Academy, amongst which 63 are senior staff, including 50 professors.
The Academy closely cooperates with foreign music universities. It’s a member of two international associations: The AEC – Association of European Conservatories, Higher Music Schools and Academies, and also ABAM which is an organization consisting of Music Academies from around the Baltic Sea. It has the longest cooperation with the Academies in Bern, Lucerne, Plovdiw, Petersburg and Weimar.
In the Erasmus European Union programme it cooperates with over 60 music universities from Austria (Graz, Salzburg, Wien) , Belgium (Antwerpen, Brussels&Bruxelles, Leuven), Bulgaria (Plovdiv, Sofia), Denmark (København, Odense), Estonia (Tallin), Finland (Jyväskylä, Oulu, Tampere) , France (Lyon), Germany (Bremen, Hamburg, Hannover, Lübeck, Mannheim, Rostock, Trossingen, Würzburg), Iceland (Reykjavik) Italy (Alessandria, Bari, Como, Cuneo, Torino, Trapani), Latvija (Riga), Lietuva (Vilnius), Netherlands (Amsterdam, Maastricht, Rotterdam, Utrecht), Portugal (Porto), Sweden (Göteborg), Turkey (Eskisehir, Istanbul), United Kingdom (London).