High School of Music in Gdańsk
For more than thirty years now I have been the tutor of a percussion instruments class at the High School of Music in Gdańsk. From the beginnings of the existence of the class, my main objective has been to stir up in young percussion players the passion and joy of playing. An inherent part of learning to play the percussion instruments are rehearsals and concerts with the Gdańsk Jeunesses Musicales Percussion Ensemble. The multitude of concerts we have given together on wonderful stages in Italy, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Lithuania, or at the Warsaw, Poznań, Szczecin, Łódź, Gdańsk and Kalisz Philharmonics have endowed the students with the greatest treasure – familiarity with the stage and joy of playing music. The graduates of our percussion class represent Gdańsk all over the world, as they win laurels at prestigious competitions (in Paris, Geneva, Rome, Nuremberg, Vilnius, Montesilvano and at many other venues). Excellent instruments, modern classrooms, numerous workshops, courses and concerts provide everyone with outstanding conditions for learning and practicing, and with what is most important in music – experience and a possibility to perform in concerts together with the greatest artists.