Chamber concerto by Sinfonia Varsovia

On 12 July 2015,  Sinfonia Varsovia played a concerto in commemoration of Tadeusz Paciorkieiwicz in its headquarters at the Grochowska 272 street in Warsaw.

The following chamber orchestra compositions where performed:
– Permuttions for solo flute – performed by Andrzej Krzyżanowski
– Improvisation for solo harp – performed by Joanna Liberadzka
– Impressions for solo viola (3rd) – performed by Artur Paciorkiewicz
– Triptych for solo harp (1st)  –performed by Joanna Liberadzka
– Trio for flute, viola and harp –performed by trio: Andrzej Krzyżanowski (flute), Artur Paciorkiewicz (viola) and Joanna Liberadzka (harp), Sinfonia Varsovia

Variations for string quartet

Czas: 17'
Części utworu: Andante / Poco viro / Moderato / Allegretto con spirito / Allegro marciale / Adagio molto / Allegro scherzando / Lento con sordino / Allegro molto / Con moto / Grave lugubre / Presto con fuoco / Allegro con troppo
Instrumentacja: vl1 vl2 vla vc
Rok: 1946

Also known as A Theme with Variations for String Quartet. The piece consists of 12 variations – Andante / Poco vivo / Moderato / Allegretto con spirito / Allegro marciale / Adagio molto / Allegro scherzando / Lento / Allegro molto / Con moto / Grave lugubre / Presto con fuoco / Allegro non troppo – and a developed double fugue.
A calm and slow theme of Andante is built of sixteen bars. First variations are strongly related to the theme, the later ones less so. Each of the variations is unique in character and a separate entity but at the same time links with the following variation. There are numerous forms here: two and three-piece songs, marches, preludes, scherzo, toccatino and double fugue.

Koncert Inauguracyjny

3rd Competition of Young Music Talents

Results of the 3rd National Competition of Young Music Talents 2015

prof. Andrzej Tatarski,
prof. Maria Orzechowska,
prof. Roman Gryń,
prof. Zbigniew Ignaczewski,
dr Krzysztof Bednarek

Secretary – mgr Agnieszka Kadłubowska


Group I – 1st grade
– Kaja Jabłońska
– Alicja Klara Sulkowska
– Barbara Siciarek
– Kacper Rutkowski
I place:
– Weronika Zych
II place:
– Marek Kupiec
III place ex aequo:
– Kacper Ledzion
– Alan Dżbik

Additional prizes:
Distinction for a pianist:
– Magdalena Cielińska
Distinction for performing own composition:
– Alan Dżbik
Distinction for performiance of a piece by Polish composer:
– Marek Kupiec
– Weronika Zych
Distinction for performance of a piece by  Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz:
– Barbara Siciarek
Public prize:
– Marek Kupiec

Group II – 2nd grade
– Jakub Capała
– Beniamin Kosior
– Sara Madeja
– Sławomir Murawski
– Natalia Orszak
I place:
– Zuzanna Budzyńska
II place ex aequo:
– Zuzanna Remiorz
– Agata Doszczak
III place:

– Hubert Bogucki

Additional prizes:
Distinction for a pianist:
– Anna Materniak
– Sławomirow Makowski
– Dariuszow Jaskrowski
Distinction for performiance of a piece by Polish composer:
– Natalia Orszak
Public prize:
– Aleksandra Zagórska



Competition programme

Paweł Paciorkiewicz

Paweł Paciorkiewicz

Paweł Paciorkiewicz with sons

Paweł Paciorkiewicz with sons on his yacht, Mazury Lake District, Poland 1990 /photo by wife Maria/

A son of Tadeusz and Zofia, he was born on January 3, 1947 in Płock. After he finished the State Primary Music School No 1 in Warsaw in the violin group of Prof. Irena Dubiska, he continued his education at the Jose Marti General High School No XXII in Warsaw. Then he studied at the Machines and Vehicles Department of the Warsaw University of Technology from which he graduated in 1971. In his professional career he has dealt with many areas of technology, including the production, operation and repair of construction machines and equipment, processing of plastics, installation of “bioblock” biological waste treatment plants and manual and electrical tools. For several years, he worked with total quality management systems. His hobbies include DIY, maritime subjects and sailing. He is also the author of a number of publications in the field of photography, in which he deals mainly with the history of photographic cameras. From 1986 to 1998, he published more than 80 articles devoted to this subject in FOTO, FOTO-FORUM and the French CYCLOPE magazine.

Paweł Paciorkiewicz is married to Maria Mihułka, an agricultural and food processing engineer. They have two sons. Piotr graduated from the Geography Department of the Warsaw University, and Wojciech from the Faculty of Architecture at Warsaw University of Technology.

Artur Paciorkiewicz

Artur Paciorkiewicz

Artur Paciorkiewicz

Artur Paciorkiewicz with his viola d’amore,

A son of Tadeusz and Zofia, he was born on March 27, 1945 in Ursus. After he finished the State Music High School in Warsaw in the violin group of Prof. Irena Dubiska, he went to study at the State Higher Music School in Warsaw in the alto viola group of Docent Stefan Kamasa. Afterwards, he studied chamber music in Siena where he graduated with a distinction. He also participated in the masters courses by Pal Lukacs (Weimar, DDR), Ulrich Koch (Freiburg, Germany) and Raphael Hillyer (New Heaven, USA). From 1969 to 1989, he was a docent at the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw where he taught an alto viola group and chaired the Chamber Music Department.

From 1969 to 1971, he was a member of the Stanisław Barcewicz Quartet. Before 1971, he also performed with the Chamber Orchestra of the National Philharmonic Society, at that time managed by Karol Teutsch. From 1970 to 1976 he was a member of the Wilanów Quartet, and from 1977 to 1989, he performed with the Varsovia String Quartet which he had co-founded. Today, he is a member of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra.

Artur Paciorkiewicz has won many awards in international music competitions. As a soloist, he won the bronze medal in the International Music Competition in Geneva (1972). As a chamber musician, he won the second award in Vienna (1970), the silver medal in Bordeaux (1972) and the third award in Munich (1973). Artur Paciorkiewicz has a rich repertoire, both as a soloist and a chamber musician. It includes classical and contemporary works for the alto viola and viola d’amore. He has made numerous recordings for the radio, television and phonographic companies (Chant du Monde, DUX, EMI, Olympia, Pavane, Polskie Nagrania, RCA and others).

Artur Paciorkiewicz is married to Maria Paradowska, a professional alto violist. Their only daughter Katarzyna became a violinist.

You can read more about Artur on his website:

Anta Paciorkiewicz

Antonina Paciorkiewicz-Dutkiewicz

Antonina Paciorkiewicz

Antonina Paciorkiewicz. Warsaw, 1965. /photo by Paweł Paciorkiewicz/

A daughter of Tadeusz and Zofia, she was born on August 29, 1943 in Warsaw. After she finished the State Music High School in Warsaw she went to study to the State Higher Music School in Warsaw in the piano group of Prof. Jerzy Lefeld and Prof. Lidia Kozubek. When she completed her education, she devoted her life to pedagogical work and chamber music. For many years, she taught the piano at the Fryderyk Chopin II Degree State Higher Music School and then at the Józef Elsner II Degree Music School Group. She used to be a general piano lecturer at the Musical Education Department and the Theory, Composition and Conducting Department of the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw.

Antonina Paciorkiewicz married Andrzej Dutkiewicz, a professional pianist and composer and professor and dean of the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw. Their children are musically educated. The elder daughter Alicja is a violoncellist, and the son Krzysztof is a violinist.

Zofia Paciorkiewicz

Zofia Paciorkiewicz nee Wiaczkis

Zofia Wiaczkis and Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz

Zofia Wiaczkis and Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz. Warsaw, 1937. /Unknown author/

The wife of Tadeusz, born on May 14, 1919 in Warsaw. She was the daughter of Józef Wiaczkis, who was shot by the Nazis in a street execution towards the end of August 1944, and of Zofia nee Zatorska, a former prisoner of the Ravensbrück concentration camp, rescued miraculously by the International and the Swedish Red Cross, who died in 1969 in Warsaw. Having completed Mrs Taniewska’s High School in Warsaw, Zofia went to study at the Botany Department of the Warsaw University in 1938. Her education was interrupted by the outbreak of the II world war.

Zofia Paciorkiewicz

Zofia Paciorkiewicz. Płock, 1948. /Unknown author/

During the Nazi occupation, she studied harp at the Warsaw Conservatory, which the invaders had renamed as Staatliche Musikschule. At that time she also studied solo song. After the war, she performed as a soprano singer at various celebrations in Płock where she lived with her husband from 1945 to 1949. After they left Płock, Zofia devoted her life entirely to her family and the upbringing of her children. She passed away in Warsaw on 26 August 2012.

70 anniversary of the State Music School in Płock

70 years of Płock Music School

Commemorative plaque

Commemorative plaque for the 70 anniversary of the State Music School in Płock

On the 16 January 2015 the State Music School in Płock celebrated its 70 anniversary. Commemorative plaque in memory of prof. Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz – the founder of the school – was unveiled by the sons of the composer during celebrations. Read more

Endnotes to biography

Notes to the Curriculum Vitae of Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz were compiled by his son Paweł Paciorkiewicz

Note 1. Józefa Paciorkiewicz died of influenza in 1920, at the age of 38.

Note 2. In February 1939, my father was called up to the 2 Measurements Division of the Cavalry Artillery that was stationed in Toruń in the forts of Rudak. He served in the so called sound platoon, the task of which was to carry out monitoring in order to locate the enemy’s positions. His very prankish mare was called Fortuna.

Note 3. After the II World War broke out, the 2 Measurements Division received orders to concentrate around Kowel. As the Red Army was approaching from the east, the orders were modified – the direction of concentration was changed to Włodawa. However, the 2 Measurements Division never reached Włodawa: the situation in the German and the Soviet fronts led to the dissolution of this formation. Some of the Division’s soldiers broke through to Romania, and some returned home.

Note 4. Professor Jan Bieniek also managed a high school choir in Płońsk where he commuted from Nasielsk. He was murdered by the Nazis.

Note 5. During the Nazi occupation, my father continued his artistic work. Together with the director Hanna Buterlewicz and the choreographer Krystyna Rokitnicka, he contributed to the staging of Leon Schiller‘s Pastoral under the supervision of the author himself.

Note 6. The Karol Szymanowski Music School in Płock, which my father established in February 1945, was a five year vocational school and a music education school with no specified duration of learning. The school also operated a music kindergarten, which however, was closed down after one year due to lack of funds and proper rooms. In 1949, the school was reorganised and expanded. It became a music high school. The organ and solo song groups were established at that time. The school also had two piano groups, one violin group, one accordion group and several other groups. It had a choir and an orchestra. Owing to the great enthusiasm and zeal of my father and the other pedagogues, the school soon became the centre of Płock’s musical life. With the school as its basis, the Folk Music Institute of the Mazovia District was established in June 1946. The Institute’s management board was composed of attorney Kazimierz Askanas, Director of the Pedagogical Senior High School J. Gadzik, President of “Wici” K. Dąbrowski, Dr. Stefania Kamińska and Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz, the Music School director. As the only professional musician in this group, my father was appointed Director of the Mazovia District by the Folk Music Institute’s management board. In 1947, my father and Faustyn Piasek established the District Music Information Bureau to meet the information and consulting needs of amateur choirs. The Information Bureau had its own library with an extensive collection of lay, church and folk songs. In 1948, my father co-organised the formation of the Płock Chamber Orchestra and the Mixed Choir. My father’s professional life in Płock was not limited to his pedagogical work at the School and the Folk Music Institute. He also managed the amateur choir of the Płock Music Society, performed as a concert organist (which included performances on the Polish Radio), worked as an organist at the Płock cathedral and composed his first music works.

Note 7. The jubilee concert on the occasion on the 50th anniversary of the Karol Szymanowski I and II Degree State Music School in Płock took place on February 25, 1995. I was with my father on that day. This interesting celebration was honoured by Ms. Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, the then President of the National Bank of Poland, who attended the concert as the school’s graduate.

Note 8. All the time, my father had to cope with many problems, of which the most important one was the lack of funds to overhaul the school building (its walls were cracking) and to improve the standard of living at the students’ hostel. It happened frequently that he gave up his own salary to help the school. Obviously, this was not enough to solve these problems, because the scale of the school’s needs was much larger. In order to end the school’s financing difficulties, my father had tried to make the school state-owned. The city authorities kept postponing this decision, but finally they decided to make the school state-owned and on May 16, 1949 the school was officially taken over. Further co-operation with the city authorities was less successful. The communist authorities didn’t like the fact that the school taught an organ class and that my father combined the function of the school’s director with his job as an organist at the Płock cathedral. When they decided to move the school from the building it was occupying to a group of rooms at the local cinema, which were absolutely useless for a music school’s activities, my father decided to leave Płock. As an artist whose heart and soul were devoted to music, he did not want to keep struggling futilely with indifferent bureaucracy and to waste his time and nerves. When my father left, many other school activists and pedagogues did so, too. The school found itself in a crisis.

It is worth noting that the pedagogues and students of the school gave my father a great, solemn and touching goodbye. What remains of that celebration is the melody of the “Goodbye Cantata (Farewell Director)”, written by J.W. (we still don’t know who that was) and the “Toast for Male Choir”, written by Faustyn Piasek. Both songs were sung on that occasion. Below are the cantata lyrics:

Goodbye Cantata (Farewell Director)

Kształciles nasze umysły, śswietlaną głosiłes wieść,
Wdzięczności pełne serca niósł Ci dank i cześć.
Wiodłeś nas drogą cnoty w idealniejszy świat,
Za to Ci dziś składamy swych uczuć wdzięczny kwiat,
Za to Ci dziś składamy swych uczuć wdzięczny kwiat.

Hartu uczyłeś dusze, by charakterów stal,
Nie zgięła wraża siła, wśród burzy życia fal.
Dziś, kiedy już opuszczasz nas i nasz szkolny próg,
Niechaj Ci gwiazda świeci, niech Cię prowadzi Bóg,
Niechaj Ci gwiazda świeci, niech Cie prowadzi Bóg.

My father’s activity in Płock lasted for four and a half years only, but the people in the city and the surrounding area still remember it very well. In the 80s and the 90s, my father and I would frequently visit Płock and the Płock area and the older inhabitants would very often recognise my father in the street and greet him heartily.

Paweł Paciorkiewicz