Schreiber, Ewa, PhD student at the Department of Musicology of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She studied musicology and philosophy at Adam Mickiewicz University (graduating from both in 2005) as well as one semester at Karl-Franzens -Universität in Graz. Her main academic interests are the aesthetics of music (especially the theory of tropes, such as irony and metaphor, applied to music) and contemporary music. Apart from her scholarly activity, she also collaborates with several music magazines: De Musica, Glissando and Ruch Muzyczny.
Seweryn, Agata, doctor o f humanities in literary studies, master’s graduate in musicology, she works as a lecturer on the Department o f Enlightenment and Romantic Literature of the Catholic University of Lublin. Author o f Poezja „nutami niesiona”. O muzycznej recepcji twórczości Juliusza Słowackiego [Poetry „borne by musie”. On musical reception of the work of Juliusz Słowacki] (Warszawa, 2008), co-editor of the collective volumes Czterdzieści i cztery studia ofiarowane profesorowi Marianowi Maciejewskiemu [Forty-four studies offered to Professor Marian Maciejewski] (Lublin, 2008) and Poznawać (więc kochać!). O Danucie Paluchowskiej [Get to know (and so love!). On Danuta Paluchowska] (Lublin, 2010). Her current interests are focused on the links between the culture of the Romantic and Baroque eras, as broadly understood.
Skupin, Renata, PhD in Art, music theorist, graduated from the Department of Composition and Music Theory at the S. Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdansk. She completed her studies as a grant holder of the French Government at the Université Paris-Sorbonne (Faculté de Musique et Musicologie, Groupe de recherche: Poïétique musicale contemporaine, 1998). She gained her PhD at F. Chopin Music Academy in 2003, becoming in 2004 an assistant professor at the Institute of Department of Composition and Music Theory. In 2010-2012 she was Vice Dean and since 2012 she is Dean of the Faculty of Conducting, Composition and Music Theory. Her doctoral dissertation (Poetics ofGiacinto Scelsi’s orchestral works. Composer’s oeuvre and spirituality - between Orient and Occident) was given a honourable mention in the Rev. Prof. Hieronim Feicht’s Awards Competition (2005). She lectures on musical analysis, contemporary methods of music analysis and 20th-century composition techniques. She is the editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Aspekty Muzyki (Aspects of Music, aspektymuzyki.amuz.gda.pl). Her research interests concentrate on cultural determinants of the 20th century musical output, especially on musical styles and techniques of composition in the context of influence of the oriental music and cultures on Western music. She has participated in several national and international conferences and published over thirty research papers. She is currently working on a monograph on the Orientalism in Polish music of the first half of the 20th century.
Sloboda, John Anthony, research professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, emeritus professor at Keele University. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and has been President of both the Psychology and General Sections of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as President of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, where he has served on the editorial board of its journal Musicae Scientiae. He was recipient of the 1998 British Psychological Society’s Presidents Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge, and in 2004 was elected to Fellowship of the British Academy. He is also a programme Director of Oxford Research Group and Co-founder of the Iraq Body Count Project. He is the author of many books and articles. His books include: The Musical Mind: The Cognitive Psychology o f Music, Generative Processes in Music: The Psychology o f Performance, Improvisation and Composition, Musical Beginnings: Origins and Development o f Musical Competence, Perception and Cognition of Music, Music and Emotion: Theory and Research, Exploring the Musical Mind, Psychology for Musicians, Beyond Terror: The truth about the real threats to our world.
Sosnowska, Danuta, habilitated doctor, she works in the Institute of Western and Southern Slavic Studies on the Department o f Polish of the University of Warsaw. She specialises in cultural comparisons between the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine), and recently also socio-cultural corporeal anthropology. Editor of a selection of Romantic-era letters (including the correspondence of Chopin), entitled Dzikie nasze Położenie [Our wild situation] (Wroclaw, 1997). Her published books have also included the Nike-nominated Seweryn Goszczyński. Biografia duchowa [Seweryn Goszczyński. A spiritual biography] (Wroclaw, 2000) and recently Inna Galicja [A different Galicia] (Warszawa, 2008).
Stępień-Kutera, Kamila, Kamila Stępień-Kutera - M.A. from the Department of Composition, Conducting and Music Theory at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, in 2004. A graduate of the Collegium Invisibile. She has contributed to the periodicals Opcje, Zeszyty Literackie, De Musica and Ruch Muzyczny. Since 2005 she has pursued her doctoral studies at the Institute of Arts of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Stęszewski, Jan, musicologist, member of the Programme Committee of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw (since 2001). He studied musicology at Poznań University under Adolf Chybiński and Marian Sobieski. He graduated in 1952, his MA dissertation treating of Chopin’s scherzos. He subsequently worked (until 1975) in the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In the years 1975-1999 he was head of the School of Musicology of Poznań University, of which he is still a professor. Chair of the Polish Composers’ Union from 1969 to 1973 and a member of the board of the International Musicological Society from 1977 to 1987. As a specialist in ethnomusicology and music anthropology he has researched folkloric elements in the music of Chopin. Also significant for interpretations of the Chopin oeuvre are Stçszewski’s studies on the history of mazurka rhythms and research into nationality in music. Professor Stęszewski’s research interests centre around ethnomusicology, in particular Polish folklore, musicological methodology and its interdisciplinary aspect, and also the history of Polish music from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. He has been co-organiser of the Museum Board of the Folk Musical Instruments Museum in Szydłowiec (chair in the years 1987-2003), the Musicology Committee of the Art Sciences Department at the Poznań Society for the Friends of Learning (chair since 1996), where he is also co-editor of the musicological studies published by the committee, vice-chair (1994-2003) of the Academic Board attached to Polskie Radio’s Folk Culture Centre, co-editor of various publishing series and collective works, member of the editorial board of the biographical section of the Encyklopedia Muzyczna PWM and author of numerous articles in this encyclopaedia, in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (London 2000) and in Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG), where he is a member of the advisory board of the biographical section.
Strzyżewski, Mirosław, associate professor of the Institute of Polish Literature of Copernicus University in Toruń, a literary historian and editor, head of the School of Textology and the Editing of Literary Works, director of Toruń university’s academic publishing firm, and author of Działalność krytyczna Maurycego Mochnackiego [The critical work of Maurycy Mochnacki] (Toruń, 1994), Michał Podczaszyński. Zapomniany romantyk [Michał Podczaszyński. A forgotten Romantic] (Toruń, 1999), Maurycy Mochnacki. Rozprawy literackie [Maurycy Mochnacki. Literary essays] (Wrocław, Kraków and Warszawa, 2000; in the series Biblioteka Narodowa), Mickiewicz wśród krytyków. Studia o przemianach i formach romantycznej krytyki w Polsce [Mickiewicz and his critics. Studies of the forms o f Romantic criticism in Poland and its changes] (Toruń, 2001), Henryk Elzenberg i literatura [Henryk Elzenberg and literature] (Toruń, 2003), Romantyczna nieskończoność. Studium identyfikacji pojęcia [Romantic infinity. Identifying the notion] (Toruń, 2010), Romantyczne sfery muzykalne. Literackie konteksty idei „musica instrumentalis” [Romantic musical spheres. Literary contexts of the idea of “musica instrumentalis”] (Toruń, 2010) and scholarly director of the collective volumes Polska krytyka literacka w XIX w. [Polish literary criticism in the nineteenth century] (Toruń, 2005), Z warsztatu edytora dzieł romantyków [On the editing of Romantic works] (Toruń, 2008) and Rozmaitości warsztatowe [A craftsman’s miscellany] (Toruń, 2010); author of many essays, articles, reviews and sketches of literary criticism.
Subel, Joanna, She received her postdoctoral degree in 19th- and 20th-century Polish and General History (specialization: History of Music, title of thesis: Johann David Holland - Life and works: A subject catalogue) from the Faculty of History and Pedagogy of Opole University. Since 1974, she has been a member of staff at the Academy of Music in Wroclaw, teaching theory of music. Between 1997 and 2007, she taught knowledge of music at the Institute of Cultural Studies of Wroclaw University. In the years 2005-2007, she was guest lecturer at Hochschule fiir Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany, specializing in the history of Polish music. Since 2012 she has held the post of associate professor at the Chair of Musicology of Wroclaw University. Her areas of specialization include: 18th- and 19th-centuries music history and music literature, the life and work of Karol Lipiński. Articles authored by her have been published in scientific journals of the music academies of Wroclaw, Poznań, Katowice and Warsaw, as well as Poznań University, Leipzig University, Bonn University, ‘PWM Music Encyclopaedia’ and ‘Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart* (MGG) encyclopaedia. Her publications include: Czym jest romantyzm? Przeglqd koncepcji [‘What is Romanticism? A survey of concepts’] (Wroclaw 2004); Wrocławska chóralistyka 1945-2000 [‘Wroclaw’s choirs in the years 1945-2000’] (Wroclaw 2005); Cantores Minores Wratislavienses 1966-2006 (Wroclaw 2006) and Wrocławska chóralistyka 1817-1944 [Wroclaw’s choirs in the years 1817-1944’] (Wroclaw 2008).
Sundberg, Johan, Visiting Professor at the University of London and doctor honoris causae 1996 University of York. He was also the head of the music acoustics research group from 1970 to 2001. As President of the Music Acoustics Committee of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, Sundberg was editor or co-editor of twelve volumes in a series of proceedings of public seminars on music acoustic themes arranged in Stockholm. He is the author of many articles and the book The Science o f the Singing Voice, Northern Illinois University Press 1987. He is also co-editor of many publications. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, of the Swedish Acoustical Society and a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America.
Szerszenowicz, Jacek, habilitated doctor, lecturer at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy o f Music in Łódź and the State College of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź. He applies his musical and philosophical training to the practice of music hermeneutics and philosophy. He is particularly interested in music with a strong notional and psychological foundation and avant-garde art, as well as the relations between various forms of art, to which he has devoted the book Inspiracje plastyczne w muzyce [Music inspired by art] (Łódź, 2008).
Szlagowska, Danuta, a musicology and psychology graduate of the University of Warsaw, is on the academic and teaching staff of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk and the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Her chief academic interests include Baroque music, particularly in old Gdańsk. The author of numerous articles, encyclopaedia entries and several books (including Muzyka baroku [Music of the Baroque] (Gdańsk, 1998) and Repertuar muzyczny z siedemnastowiecznych rękopisów gdańskich [Musical repertoire from seventeenth-century Gdańsk manuscripts] (Gdańsk, 2005)), she lectures and gives methodological courses on the history and psychology of music. She is also interested in the application of music to the psychomotor development of children (co-author with Marta Bogdanowicz of Piosenki do rysowania czyli Metoda Dobrego Startu dla najmłodszych [Songs for drawing, or The Good Start Method for small children]).
Szoka, Marta, professor at the Academy of Music in Łódź, music theorist and a concert organist. She received her Ph.D. from the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, in 1988. She has been a Fullbright Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1993-1994)- She is the author of the books Polska muzyka organowa w latach 1945- 1985 [Polish organ music 1945-1985] (Łódź, 1993), Język muzyczny Franka Martina [The musical language of Frank Martin] (Łódź, 1995) and Frank Martin - muzyczne konteksty [Frank Martin - musical contexts] (Łódź, 2002), and co-author of the lexicon Łódzkie środowisko kompozytorskie 1945-2000 [Composers of Łódź 1945-2000] (Łódź, 2001). She has written also numerous articles on contemporary music, including Polish, Lithuanian and American composers.
Szoka, Marta, professor, Dean of the Department of Composition, Music Theory, Eurhythmies and Art Education at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź. She received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Arts of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw in 1988, and her dissertation was later published as Polska muzyka organowa w latach 1945-1985 [Polish organ music 1945-1985] (Łódź, 1993). She is the author of the first Polish monographs of Frank Martin: Język muzyczny Franka Martina [The musical language of Frank Martin] (Łódź, 1995) and Frank Martin - Konteksty muzyczne [Frank Martin. Musical contexts] (Łódź, 2002). She is also co-author of the lexicon Łódzkie środowisko kompozytorskie 1945 - 2000 [Łódź composers, 1945-2000] (Łódź, 2001) and author of numerous articles on contemporary music, including Polish, Lithuanian and American composers. She is also an organist (numerous recitals in Poland, and also in the USA, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland).
Szulakowska-Kulawik, Jolanta Maria, professor at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. She received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Arts of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw in 1985, and her habilitation from the Polish Academy of Sciences in 1997. She is the author of ten books on Silesian musical culture during the 20th century, a study of the life and work of Francis Poulenc, a biography of the Silesian composer Józef Świder, and also some sixty articles published in Poland, Italy and the Czech Republic.
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