27 November 2014

Musical workshops in Erbil and Dohuk

As part of promoting Polish culture in Erbil, the Consular Agency of the Republic of Poland in Erbil organized musical workshops for Kurdish students, led by a world-renowned Polish pianist Dr Wojciech Waleczek.

photo: Renata Trzcińska, PhD Waleczek gives advices to student

photo: Renata Trzcińska, PhD Waleczek gives advices to student


During his November stay in Kurdistan, the Polish artist - who is a pedagogue and a university teacher as well - gave lectures on the secrets of music workshop. First to students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Erbil (19.11.2014), then to pupils of Music School in Dohuk (23.11.2014).

The workshops were also attended by lecturers and students from the Department of Music of Salahaddin University in Erbil.

For the participants it was the first experience of this kind. Although they were shy at first, they quickly broke the ice and started asking the artist professional questions, volunteering for tasks and presenting their own compositions. The more music was played, the more students were encouraged and they forgot how imperfect they were in comparison with the perfection of the artist.

The workshops were opened with a Chopin's polonaise or waltz. It was nice to see Kurdish youth so excited and inspired by the artist. It must have been a great experience for them to get in touch with music on an international level.

Probably it wasn't the last event of this kind - students, as much as local teachers, are thinking of establishing a collaboration with the Polish pianist and inviting him for another workshops.

© 2012 Ministry of Foreign Affairs