Fryderyk Chopin University of Music / Instrumental Studies Department

INSTRUMENTAL STUDIES - Cello Playing, second-cycle

Level of study: second-cycle Form of study: full-time Education profile: ogólnoakademicki Duration: 2 years

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Fields of studies and specializations

Conducting units


from 2020-05-01 to 2020-06-20 23:59:00




The studies are addressed to candidates who have completed BA studies and want to continue to develop their instrument playing skills, widen solo repertoire in their specialties and develop professional skills to work in chamber and orchestra ensembles. They prepare musicians for independent stage activity. Upon completion of these studies graduates are broadly educated instrumentalist musicians with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge within their discipline, they know a foreign language at a B2 level, in accordance with the requirements of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe. Students acquire teaching qualifications by completing subjects as part of Pedagogic College.

In the academic year 2020/2021 the major subject: Cello will be taught by:

  • prof. dr hab. Tomasz Strahla
  • prof. dr hab. Andrzej Bauer
  • dr hab. Piotr Hausenplas, prof. at the FCUM
  • dr hab. Marcin Zdunik, prof. at the FCUM


  • Lect. dr Rafał Kwiatkowski
  • Lect. Mateusz Szmyt

Admission rules

The enrolment procedure is competitive and its results are public.


  • instrument – presentation up to 15 minutes – sending an audio-video recording

Scope of material

Performing free programme (presentation 15-20 minutes).

Suggested programme for instrument examination:

  • one caprice for solo cello by Alfredo Piatti op. 25 (to choose from no. 2 to no. 12,
  • to select:
    • movements 2 and 3 of J. Haydn’s Concerto in D Major or movement 1 or a longer fragment of any Romantic concerto, e,g, by: A. Dvořák, R. Schumann, E. Elgar, P. Tchaikovsky, D. Shostakovich, S. Prokofiev, É. Lalo,
  •          or
    • any two movements of a chamber sonata or suite or sonata for solo cello,
  •          or
    • solo cello piece – up to 10 minutes.

Minimum time for instrument programme presentation is 15-20 minutes.

Date of exams

01.07.2020 - 06.07.2020 (on-line)