The mission of the Academy of Music in Kraków – from the beginning of its existence (i.e. for over 120 years) – has been the education of musicians – humanists in a broad context of musical culture and art, in accordance with the motto: per academiam ad astra, through:

- teaching musical craftsmanship in a master – student relation;
- versatile development of gifts and talents;
- teaching sensitivity to beauty, where tradition meets the contemporary, datum meets novum, the past meets the present;
- opening to various forms of cultural activity, including culture formation;
- development of artistic taste and of the ability to evaluate cultural phenomena.


The Academy of Music in Kraków is one of the oldest music higher education units in Poland and in Europe. It was founded as a Conservatory by the Music Society in Kraków – an organization that came into being owing to the efforts of Duchess Marcelina Czartoryska and Władysław Żeleński in February 1888.

Gallery of rectors

Władysław Żeleński, Wiktor Barabasz, Michał Julian Piotrowski, Bolesław Wallek-Walewski, Zbigniew Drzewiecki, Stefania Łobaczewska, Bronisław Rutkowski, Eugenia Umińska, Jan Hoffman, Józef Chwedczuk, Krzysztof Penderecki, Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar, Marek Stachowski, Barbara Świątek-Żelazna, Stanisław Krawczyński

Doctorates honoris causa

prof. Krzysztof Penderecki, dr Paul Sacher, prof. Helmuth Rilling, prof. Peter-Lukas Graf, prof. Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar, prof. Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

Excellence in teaching

The award is an act of recognition for academic teachers of the Music Academy in Kraków for outstanding pedagogical and artistic achievements as well as involvement in the School’s affairs. It is awarded for lifetime achievement, with particular emphasis on the activity in the academic year when it is granted.