The idea behind The European Krzysztof Penderecki Center for Music refers to the tradition of Lusławice School started by the Polish Brethren, present on that land as early as the turn of the 17th century. An outstanding Italian thinker and philosopher Faustus Socyn settled here in 1598. He was one of the most influential figures of the reformative movement in Europe. It was thanks to his doctrine that the Polish Brethren became an institution attracting great humanists and most enlightened people of that time in Europe. Following their contemporary academies, the Lusławice School educated students in the subject of theology, metaphysics, logics, dialectics, anatomy, and physics. Students were also trained to hold debates on religious subjects, next to the duty of singing psalms and songs.
One of the most accomplished poets of the congregation, Wacław Potocki, referred to Luslawice as ‘the heavenly Jerusalem’ and believed it to be the cultural centre where ‘the objects of culture were treated with consideration’. The artistic tradition of Lusławice survived till the beginning of the 20th century , the time when the premises were inhabited by a painter of the Young Poland movement, Jacek Malczewski.
After the Second World War the estate fell into ruin. Brought back to its greatness by Krzysztof Penderecki, the refurbished manor house have become the composer’s home and workplace surrounded by a 5-hectar park and arboretum. Consequently, Lusławice has been revived as the arts centre visited by Polish and foreign artists. It was professor Penderecki who first came up with the idea of opening a European Center for Music in Lusławice devoted to artistically talented young people from around the continent.
The European Krzysztof Penderecki Center for Music in Lusławice is an initiative unparalleled on the European scale. It has been designed to be the first institution of this kind to develop young musical talents in Poland and Europe.
Among others, the premises will comprise a 650-seat concert hall, and didactic rooms such as practice rooms for individuals and ensembles, a library and accommodation for professors, students as well as participants of the programmes offered by the Center.
The building complex has been designed as modern and at the same time harmonious with the surrounding area and the neighbouring manor in Lusławice. Thus, the construction materials used for building the Center are timber, and sand stone, with a light glazed structure enclosed by wooden colonnade.