Renata Suchowiejko

Renata Suchowiejko PhD, 2008–2012 Director, Institute of Musicology, Faculty of History, Jagiellonian University; since 2012 Head of the Methodology and the 19th-21th centuries Music History Department at the Institute of Musicology. She is one of the most important researchers of 19th- and early-20th-century Polish music history.



Renata Suchowiejko, Professor at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków (Cracow), Poland. She is the head of the Methodology and the History of XIX-XXI c. Music Department of the Jagiellonian University Institute of Musicology, where she received her PhD in 1997, and doctor habilitatus degree in 2006. She was the head of the institute from 2008 until 2012. Prof. Suchowiejko’s doctoral dissertation Characteristic style features of sonatas for violin and piano composed by the students of César Franck was awarded the prize of the Polish Prime Minister in 1998. She also took doctoral studies at the Université de Tours, France and was awarded Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies in 1995. She was granted fellowships by the Kościuszko Foundation, the Sasakawa Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, DAAD, Fondation Nadia et Lili Boulanger as well as scholarships and grants administered by the Government of France and the Government of Belgium. Prof. Suchowiejko participated in the international research project Musial Life in Europe 1600–1900, developed under the auspices of the European Science Foundation. She took part in several academic conferences in Poland and abroad. She gave lectures as a visiting professor in Paris, Brussels, Bloomington, Weimar, Leipzig, Olomouc, Kaunas, St. Petersburg and Moscow. Prof. Suchowiejko was the principal investigator of research projects financed by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the National Science Centre, Warsaw and the National Programme for the Development of Humanities. Prof. Suchowiejko is an expert of the European Commission for “Horizon 2020” Programme.


Prof. Suchowiejko’s main research interest is the history of music in the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries with particular focus on the history of violin music and the instrumental virtuoso phenomenon, which are the topics of several of her papers and of two monographs on Henryk Wieniawski’s works and his art of violin playing (Poznań, 2005 and 2011). Prof. Suchowiejko also prepared and published the critical editions of Wieniawski’s works. The second stream of her research interests consists of the musical migrations in Europe, the cultural transfers and the transnational identities. She has been conducting research on the presence of Polish music and musicians in Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries with special regard to contacts and cultural exchange between the musical culture of Poland and those of France, Belgium and Russia. Her research focuses on the reception of music, performance practice, circulation of repertoires, mobility of artists and institutional co-operation. The orientation of research towards phenomena of migration, diffusion, dissemination and cultural interactions is associated with a departure from traditional research methods. The change in methodological stance is absolutely necessary, for it permits one to look at the musical cartography of Europe from a fundamentally different perspective. The development of music over its history has been a dynamic process of intermingling cultures and intercultural transfer based on social, political, economic and institutional mechanisms working on regional, supraregional and transnational levels. From such point of view, musical past appears to be a specific interactive game played in various public and/or private spheres of life while the cross-cultural exchange occurs beyond the borders fixed by the traditional musical historiography in which Europe is perceived to be divided into the West and the East, the centre and the peripheries, the mainstream and the national schools.