Irena Bieńkowska studied musicology at the Warsaw University under Prof. Mirosław Perz. In 1999 she defended her doctoral dissertation in musicology on The Music of Giovanni Battista Cocciola (supervisor: Prof. M. Perz). Since 2000 she works as an assistant professor at the Division of Polish Music History, the Institute of Musicology, University of Warsaw. Her scientific interests include history of Polish music in 16th and 17th century, the history of musical patronage in the eastern frontiers of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth in 17th and 18th century, as well as music source studies. Irena Bieńkowska has written about 30 scientific papers concerning musical patronage of Polish-Lithuanian noble families and music sources. She has recently published a book entitled Muzyka na dworze księcia Hieronima Floriana Radziwiłła (Music on the court of Hieronim Florian Radziwiłł, Warszawa 2013) and a dozen of source-critical editions on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries music, which were published (among others) in the Fontes musicae in Polonia and Musica Revelata series.