1979 – 1999


September 28
The State Higher School of Music becomes the Academy of Music.

Beginning of the cooperation with the Stendal Foundation (Switzerland) and with the International Summer School in Burgthann/Nürnberg.

Organization of the Wanda Landowska National Harpsichord Competition.

Beginning of cooperation with the International Bach Academy from Stuttgart, led by Prof. Dr h.c. Helmuth Rilling (J.S. Bach St. Matthew Passion)

1987 – 1993
Rector – Prof. Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar, eminent composer

A centennial anniversary of the Academy of Music in Kraków.

2nd International Bach Academy – cooperation and participation in annual concerts featuring distinguished students of Music Academies in Poland (J.S. BachWeihnachtsoratorium).


• Formation of the Department of Contemporary Music Interpretation.
• Initiation of annual Early Music Performance Practice Courses led by Dutch musicians specializing in the music of 17th and 18th centuries from the Amsterdam Conservatory.


• 3rd International Bach Academy as part of the European Month of Culture in Kraków (J.S. Bach Mass in B-minor).
• Organization of an interdepartmental competition “W.A. Mozart Piano Trios and Quartets” commemorating the bicentennial anniversary of the composer’s death.


• 4th International Bach Academy (J.S. Bach St. John’s Passion).
• The Ma opolska Voivodship authorities hand over the building at 43 Św. Tomasza street to the Academy of Music.

1993 – 1999
Rector – Prof. Marek Stachowski, eminent composer

For the first time in its history, the Academy of Music in Kraków conferred a honoris causa doctorate upon Prof. Krzysztof Penderecki.


• 5th International Bach Academy (A. Dvořak Stabat Mater).
• Foundation of the award EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING by Prof. Ray E. and Ruth A. Robinson from the USA.


• Conferment of a honoris causa doctorate upon Paul Sacher.
• Cooperation with Elżbieta and Krzysztof Penderecki in creating the concept and in the realization of Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Kraków. (Program committee: Prof. Dr hab. M. Tomaszewski, Dr T. Malecka).
• Organization of the 1st International Beethoven Symposium – as part of the 1st Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival. Academic supervision: Prof. Dr hab. M. Tomaszewski.


• 6th International Bach Academy (K. Penderecki Credo).
• Entering the European program Sokrates/Erasmus – signing of the first bilateral contracts with European schools.
• Program cooperation in the organization of the 2nd Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival “Beethoven and his Predecessors”.
• Cooperation with Elżbieta Penderecka in designing and organization of Krzysztof Penderecki Festival (Program committee: Prof. Dr hab. M. Tomaszewski, Dr T. Malecka).
• Organization of an international symposium “The Music of Krzysztof Pendercki in the Context of 20th century Theatre”.
• European premiere performance of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Credo during the Krzysztof Penderecki Festival in Kraków on October 5, 1998 prepared by the Orchestra and Choir of the International Bach Academy and of the Academy of Music in Kraków under the baton of Prof. Dr h. c. Helmuth Rilling.
• Transfer of the Main Library of the Academy of Music in Kraków from Starowiślna street to 43 Św. Tomasza street.


• 1st International Flute Competition (artistic director Prof. Barbara Świątek–Żelazna).
• 1st Summer Academy of Music (artistic director Prof. Andrzej Pikul).
• 3rd Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival “Beethoven and the Romanticists”.