Bartosz Kózka

The Warsaw Medical University Orchestra was founded in 2007 by the initiative of Marta Dudek, one of the students at the Warsaw Medical University. Initially only a string ensemble it gave its first performance on the 27th November 2008 at a charity concert in the hospital. Quite soon afterwards the ensemble became a small symphony orchestra. Since its very beginnings members of the orchestra perform at various university celebrations both as a symphony orchestra and in chamber groups.

Apart from playing for student societies and hospitals, the Orchestra collaborates with many medical music ensembles and choirs from across the country. Its most significant achievements include a performance of St Nicolas' Mass in G major by J. Haydn during the Ave Maria Festival in Czeladź (2011), a performance of Magnificat by J. Rutter at the 25th anniversary of the reactivation of the Chamber of Physicians and Dentists celebrations (2014), performance at the Inaugural Concert of the Polish Doctors Abroad congress in the National Theatre (2015), performance of Magnificat by Vivaldi at the Ave Maria Festival in Czeladź (2016). 

The Orchestra  members form part of the European Medical Students Orchestra and Choir which meets once a year in a different country in Europe for a series of intense rehearsals leading to a series of concerts performed with outstanding conductors. Their repertoire consists of major symphonic works as well as compositions of the greatest composers of the host country.

On 13 December 2016 the Orchestra WUM performed film music on the stage of the Warsaw Philharmonic as part of the graduation ceremony for the First Faculty of Medicine. Since then, it has become a tradition.

Bartosz Zwolan

In 2015 the Orchestra WUM hosted the EMSOC Warsaw 2015 meeting, during which its soloist in residence – a student of the First Faculty of Medicine at the Warsaw Medical University Bartosz Zwolan (the Orchestra’s current president)  - performed Chopin’s Rondo à la Krakowiak.

Since the Orchestra’s beginnings Beata Herman, who graduated from the F. Chopin University of Music, is its principal conductor.


Currently the Orchestra has 69 members. Bartosz Kózka, a PhD student of the Faculty of Pharmacy is the orchestra  fixer.

THE STRING SECTION – consists of over 20 members. Its leader Elżbieta Sandel is a graduate from the F. Chopin University of Music who studied with prof. Roman Lasocki. She is a prize winner of national and international violin competitions, a soloist and pedagogue.

THE WIND AND BRASS SECTIONS are lead by Tomasz Marczak who graduated from the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Music Academy in Łódź where he studied with prof. Andrzej Rokicki. A soloist and pedagogue, he performed twice as a soloist with the Deutsch-Scandinavische Jugend Orchester in the Berlin Philharmonie. He is also a member of the Warsaw Orchestra Sonata and the principal trumpeter in the  Witold Lutosławski Philharmonic in Łomża. Apart from that he obtained a PhD from the Institute of Finance and Management at the Warsaw School of Economics.