Office of the Competition

The origins of the bureau and organisation of the Flute Competition date back to 1989, when a small team associated with the Chair of the Wind Instruments, Percussion and Accordion of the Academy of Music in Krakow started their work under the artistic direction and according to the ideas of Prof. Barbara Świątek-Żelazna. Administrative support was kindly provided by employees of Śródmiejski Ośrodek Kultury [Old Town Culture Centre] in Krakow: Ewa Świderska-Winnicka and Agata Schönbrun. That was how the 1st edition of the All Polish Flute Competition started.

The strength of that Competition consisted in consolidating the artistic circles, and inciting their interest in the development and promotion of the Polish school of flute. The authors of the idea were thus faced with new challenges: meeting the needs resulting from the growing popularity of the instrument, ensuring proper quality of teaching, forming an adequate structure of supplementary training, in the form of master courses and lessons, offering a forum for contest rivalry, by preparing and implementing the Flute Competition on a good level, with regard to both the content and the organisation.

In 1990 Prof. Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar, then Rector of the Academy of Music in Krakow, responded favourably to the request of the flute circles, and consented that the subsequent editions of the Competition be prepared and realised wholly and independently by the Krakow Academy. Prof. Barbara Świątek-Żelazna, the Artistic Director of the Competition, co-opted new permanent staff: Janusz Pater, authorised representative in charge of the Competition, Agnieszka Dzik, in charge of the co-ordination and logistics of the Competition and bureau, and Adam Korzeniowski, to hold the function of the Secretary of the Competition Jury.

That group proved to be a highly efficient team, during the subsequent years able to ensure a permanent development of the Competition and its organisation, modifying its formula, scope, number and format of the accompanying events, and enhancing the importance and prestige of the Competition on the international artistic arena.

Mr. Krzysztof Rymarczyk joined the Organisation Bureau in 1999, assuming the position of the Competition Director, while Adam Korzeniowski was replaced in 2005 by Andrzej Rzymkowski.

The Bureau collaborated also with: Ryszard Starzyk (1990-1995), Kazimierz Płoskoń (1999-2005), Rafael Gabriel Przybyła (2002-2008), Agnieszka Draus (2002-2008), Roman Kowal (1999).

According to the unanimous opinion of the Competition participants, its Jury, flute teachers, firms represented at the Competition, guests and the entire interested public, the biggest advantages of the Competition Organisation Bureau include: energy and efficiency, perfection of the project management during the Competition, top quality of all the services provided, excellency in planning, analysis and customer service, ability to maintain a good balance among competition projects, excellency and innovation in organisation, building stable and long term relationships with the partners of the Competition, efficient negotiation of contracts and terms of co-operation, good planning of advertising campaigns, ability to develop good work contacts with the team members and to acquire new contacts, creativity, excellent communication and interpersonal skills – all in the strictest respect of the personal standards and respect for the others. Those elements make up a perfect work environment and contribute to an excellent image of the Competition, leaving in the participants and public a feeling of satisfaction and eagerness to come again to the Flute Competition in Krakow.