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Tomasz Nowak

Tomasz Nowak holds a D.Lit. in art. He received his M.A. degree from the Institute of Musicology at the University of Warsaw (1997) and defended his doctoral dissertation at the Faculty of History at the University of Warsaw (2003). He also completed Postgraduate Studies in Dance Theory at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and Postgraduate Studies in Culture Management for Creators, Artists, and Animators of Culture at the Faculty of Management at the University of Warsaw (2006). He studied with Jan Łosakiewicz, completing a qualification course for instructors of folk dance in 1999, and honing his choreological skills at the Institute of Choreology in Poznań under Robert Lange.

He currently serves as the deputy head of the Institute of Musicology at the University of Warsaw and is a guest dance lecturer at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (since 2003). He also taught at Wyższa Szkoła Umiejętności in Kielce (2007-2009), Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (2010), and the Academy of Humanities and Economics in Łódź (2011-2015).

Tomasz Nowak is a member of the Programming Board for Dance at the Institute of Music and Dance in Warsaw and the founding member of the Polish Choreological Forum (acting as its vice-president in 2014-2017, and currently serving as its president), the Polish Composers’ Union (2015-2017: secretary general), the International Council for Traditional Music, and the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology; he also serves as an expert member of the Polish section of Conseil International des Organisations de Festivals de Folklore et d'Art Traditionnels. He has written and edited a number of books on music and dance, among others Taniec narodowy w polskim kanonie kultury. Źródła, geneza, przemiany (National Dance in the Polish Cultural Canon: Sources, Genesis, Transformations; Warszawa 2016); and Tradycyjna kultura taneczna Wileńszczyzny do 1939 roku (The Traditional Dance Culture in the Vilnius Region Before 1939; Straduny 2014). An author of over fifty academic papers, he is the recipient of awards for the Best Written Study on the History of Polish Music (2016), the "CLIO" prize (2006, 2017), and the Fr. Prof. Hieronim Feicht Prize (2007). He has also received several distinctions, among others the Bronze Cross of Merit and the Honorary Badge of Merit to Polish Culture.

photo: Teresa Nowak