I’m Karolina Anna Pawlowska, born and raised in Poland’s central-west region called Greater Poland (Wielkopolska).
I finish music school in my hometown Leszno in violin and flute class.
In 2010 and again in 2018 I passed english certificate IELTS.
I studied Music Production at Yourk St. John’s University in York, England (2010-2011) and Karawitan at Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia in Bandung, Indonesia (2013-2014). In 2018 I graduated and got master degree at Musicology at Wroclaw’s University (Poland). I’m currently a PhD student at this university.
For years, I have been dedicating my research work to Polish traditional music. Especially the region where I come from – Greater Poland. Most of my articles and other academic dissertations concern issues related to this region, such as: “The Goat” is alive, well! Koźlarska Biesiada in Zbąszyń (2016), Association of Folk Musicians in Zbąszyń. History, activity, members (2017), Stanisław Mai – builder of folk musical instruments: goats (2018), Biesiada Koźlarska in Zbąszyń – some history and a few reflections (2019), Jadwigia and Marian Sobieski Field Research (2020).
In 2017-2021, I worked at the Museum of Folk Musical Instruments in Szydłwiec, where I was responsible for organizing exhibitions and taking care of the collection of over 2,000 instruments. Also my PhD dissertation is devoted to the builders of folk musical instruments and the changes that have occurred in the manufacture of instruments in recent years.
I take an active part in folk music festivals, conferences, research projects, I amalso a lecturer at the Wrocław’s University in Poland. My most important achievements so far are:
– Award in the National Competition of Polish Music Critics KROPKA, 2017
– “Musical white spots”- research program of the Institute of Music and Dance in Warsaw, 2017-2018
– Third place in the national competition “Faces of Tradition”, 2020
– “Manufacturing of folk musical instruments in Poland”, series of 10 documentary films, 2021, you can watch it here: https://youtube.com/playlistlist=PLcN3jAOIQyB3jXJNEmV3fABXxwRxoFxVB
For me, ethnomusicology and folk culture in general is a continuous journey, during which I meet amazing people, interesting places and fascinating cultures from all over the world. It is also a constant awareness of the intangible cultural heritage that is around us.
In March 2022 I became a very first Chair of Polish IOV Youth Commission.