Martin Nedbal

Martin Nedbal
  • Associate Professor of Musicology
  • Musicology
  • Musicology Area Coordinator

Contact Info

338 Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045-3013


Martin Nedbal is Associate Professor of Musicology and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Kansas. His research focuses on German and Czech music, especially opera, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His book, "Morality and Viennese Opera in the Age of Mozart and Beethoven," was published in 2017 by Routledge. He is also the author of "The Published Theoretical Works of Leoš Janáček" (Editio Janáček, 2020).

Nedbal has published widely on the subjects of morality, censorship, and constructions of national identity in the operas of Mozart and Beethoven. His Mozart-related articles appeared in 19th-Century Music, Opera Quarterly, Acta Musicologica, Divadelní revue (Czech Theater Review), Newsletter of the Mozart Society of America, the database Mozart: New Documents, and the Oxford Handbook of Music Censorship. His articles on Beethoven’s “Fidelio” appeared in The Musical Quarterly and Ars Lyrica. He has also contributed to the Cambridge Haydn Encyclopedia. 

Nedbal's research also focuses on Czech opera, especially the works of Smetana and Dvořák, and on German music and musicology in Prague. His work about these subjects has been published in Current Musicology, Journal of Musicological Research, Music and Politics, and Hudební věda.

Nedbal’s current projects focus on nationalism and the reception of eighteenth-century opera in nineteenth-century Prague and the history of German musical cultures in Bohemia. 

Prior to his appointment at the University of Kansas, Nedbal worked at the University of Arkansas for seven years and received his Ph.D. in historical musicology from the Eastman School of Music in 2009.


Ph.D., Musicology, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

M.M., Clarinet Performance, Syracuse University

B.A., German and Russian Studies, Hamilton College