Krystyna Budzynska

GRSM, LRAM, FRAM

Junior Academy - Director of Primary Academy

Appointed Assistant Director of Junior Academy in 1986 and Associate Director in 2009

Founder of Primary Academy

Patron of the Arpeggione Viola course and trustee for Chamber Music 2000

Krystyna began her long association with the Royal Academy of Music in 1965 when she was awarded an exhibition by London County Council to study piano here as a Junior Exhibitioner, before embarking on the Graduate Course at senior Academy. She started teaching and assisting with administration at Junior Academy as a second-year student. She was appointed Assistant Director of Junior Academy in 1986 and Associate Director in 2009, working in close collaboration with the current Director.

Communication via music and nurturing the development of talented young music students has always been at the heart of her work. She mentors, advises, encourages and supports students, teachers and parents, and is driven by a determination to ensure that young students who show musical potential can, like her, access a similar, stimulating musical education irrespective of their background.

She is also a practicing musician working as a ballet pianist at a local dance school and for Birkbeck College, collaborating with a choreographer each year to create a children’s ballet. She also plays chamber music and accompanies instrumentalists and singers in concerts in and around London.

Krystyna has developed a creative approach to the administration of Junior Academy. Successive directors at Junior Academy have allowed her the opportunity to put her ideas into practice. These include the setting up of Primary Academy, a stand-alone course which caters for the younger music students aged 8–12, the concert series she produced at the Purcell Room in the 1980s, the termly Junior Academy Newsletter — now in its 25th year! — and the ongoing re-structuring and development of the Junior Academy curriculum.

She is also heavily involved in her own community work, which has involved working in her local Primary School as a volunteer teaching singing to 300 children twice a week, as well as the setting up of her local twins and multiples group.

Krystyna was delighted to be given the task of formulating Junior Academy’s widening participation strategy three years ago. Since that time she has created links and partnerships with diverse groups across London, to give musical opportunities to children from a wide variety of backgrounds. Her work has been acknowledged by organisations involved in the changing music education landscape. She was invited to attend round-table discussions at the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund with a select group music educators and policy-makers. Her most recent invitation has been to attend the first meeting of the Awards for Young Musicians National Network for musical progression.

Krystyna is driven by her passion for music, excellence in music and equality of opportunities. She has welcomed diverse audiences and groups into the Academy through the projects she has produced and continues to look at new areas for collaboration.

As patron of the Arpeggione Viola course and a trustee for Chamber Music 2000, she always follows her mantra of the sightreading musician — ‘Keep looking ahead!’ — as she formulates her next project.

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