A pianist and experienced manager will head the Music Department of the National Institute of Music and Dance from 1 October 2021. Lech Dzierżanowski will be one of the three people at the head of this institution. Katarzyna Meissner has been the director of the National Institute of Music and Dance since April 2020, and Aleksandra Dziurosz, PhD Habil., has been the deputy director heading the Department of Dance since 2018.
"On this special day, which is a celebration of music, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Lech Dzierżanowski to the position of deputy director of the National Institute of Music and Dance, who will head the Department of Music," says Katarzyna Meissner, director of the National Institute of Music and Dance. "From now on, under his supervision will develop such strategic musical activities of the Institute as the International Competition of Polish Music, the Oskar Kolberg Award 'For Merit to Folk Culture' or his own programmes, including Stage for Polish Music and Conductor-in-Residence."
The new director of the National Institute of Music and Dance has been trying to inspire a wide audience with his passion for music for many years. He is a pianist and manager. In 1984 he graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, where he studied the piano with Andrzej Stefański. He was a laureate of the Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk, he performed in philharmonics in Poznań, Gdańsk, Wrocław and Jelenia Góra. He recorded, among others, for Polish Radio, TVP and Polskie Nagrania. Since 2019, he has been cooperating with the Institute on the Polish Music Management project. Earlier, he collaborated with the Warsaw Philharmonic as the head of the Promotion Department and with the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź in the role of promotion director, general and artistic director and deputy artistic director. He has created a number of activities and projects with many non-governmental organizations, including: Piąta Essencja Foundation, Concert Spirituels Foundation, Polish Culture Foundation, Polish Composers' Union, Foundation of the University of Warsaw. He is a co-author of traditional and multimedia publications devoted to Witold Lutosławski, Karol Szymanowski and Andrzej Panufnik. For many years he has been popularizing the oeuvre of Roman Palester – this year his monograph on this composer was published by PWM Edition. And it is precisely "for undertaking many publishing and concert initiatives that effectively bring Roman Palester's person and music back to musical life" that he received this year's Honorary Award of the Board of the Polish Composers' Union.