Katarzyna Naliwajek-Mazurek, PhD, has been a member of the faculty of the Institute of Musicology at the University of Warsaw since 2007. Her research has centered in last ten years on different aspects of music during the World War II in occupied Poland. She also writes on Polish contemporary music, opera, music aesthetics, music analysis, and the interrelationship between music and politics in the 1930s and 1940s. Her scholarly engagement ranges from papers presented at international conferences, published articles, to music reviews, editions, and translations. She has produced and recorded interviews with WW II survivors. She has collaborated with Polish Radio, Polish National Audiovisual Institute, Polish Music Information Centre and Channel Classics (Koffler & Regamey, Polish Masterpieces, Ebony Band, 2010) among others. In 2009 her doctoral dissertation on music and aesthetics by the Polish-Swiss composer Constantin Regamey was awarded the Feicht Award of the Musicologists’ Section of the Polish Composers’ Union. In 2016 she received Rector’s Award for achievements influencing development and prestige of the University of Warsaw.
She is recipient of the grant of the Polish National Science Centre (Narodowe Centrum Nauki) to continue her research on music during the WW II in the General Government in Polish archives (2014–2017). She has also conducted her research abroad thanks the to the support of Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide during a workshop research in the International Tracing Service Digital Archive" (2014).
In 2015 she received the Literary Prize of City of Warsaw and the Historical Prize “Klio” for book Warszawa 1939-1945. Okupacyjne losy muzyków [Warsaw 1939–1945. Stories of Musicians, co-authored with Elżbieta Markowska]. Recipient of Hosenfeld/Szpilman Gedenkprize at the University of Lüneburg (2011) for her multi-media exhibition Music in Occupied Poland 1939-1945 presented in Germany and Poland. She is on board of the Witold Lutosławski Society and member of the repertoire committee of the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music, as well as of Polish Composers’ Union. She gave lectures at Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung Berlin (2011), University of Arizona and Université Libre de Bruxelles (2013), Wiener Library for the Study of Holocaust and Genocide (2015) and as key-note speaker at the University London, Royal Holloway (2016).
- “The Racialization and Ghettoization of Music in the General Government.” In: Pauline Fairclough (ed.),Twentieth-Century Music and Politics.. Farnham: Ashgate, 2013, 191–210.
- “Nazi Censorship in Music. Warsaw 1941.” In: Erik Levi(ed.), The Impact of Nazism on Twentieth Century Music, Vienna: Boehlau Verlag 2014, 151–173.
- “The Functions of Music within he Nazi System of Genocide in Occupied Poland.” In: Wojciech Klimcy, Agata Świerzowska (ed.), Music and Genocide,“Studies in Social Sciences, Philosphy and History of Ideas” Vol. 9, Peter Lang Edition 2015, 83–103.
- Warszawa 1939–1945. Okupacyjne losy muzyków [Warsaw 1939-1945. Stories of Musicians, in two volumes, co-authored (I. with Elżbieta Markowska; II. with Andrzej Spóz. Warsaw 2014; 2015.