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Henryk Wieniawski Superstar - follow the footsteps of the master of violin

Stay home and take part in a virtual (!) journey following the footsteps of the most outstanding Polish violinist in history who had performed extensively throughout his life. Twice a week we present on our social media pages (facebookinstagramtwitter) our selection of the most interesting cities he had visited. For easy use, we have chosen the modern political map of the world, as national borders have changed many times over time. 

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Henryk Wieniawski's birthplace. Here, in the first eight years of his life he received basic knowledge of music and learned to play the instrument with the best Lublin violinists - Stanisław Serwaczyński and Jan Hornziel, and later he worked and gave concerts many times:

1848 - charity concert on November 14;
1851 - concert in the Townhall on his way from Warsaw to Kiev on January 5;1853 - visit in January;
1855 - visit in June, concert on June 19;
1857 - a concert during an agricultural exhibition taking place in the city;1860 - family stay in August, shortly after he married Isabella Hampton; concert with the violinist Izydor Lotto;


The city where International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition take place every 5 years. The great Polish violinist had performed here many times:

1854 - concerts on April 21, 22 and 23 at the City Theater (today's Arkadia building in Plac Wolności); concerts on June 9, 11, 13, 15 and 26 at the Hotel Bazar; June 29, concerts on July 2 and 4 at the City Theater. A few days of rest in the Mielżyński family's estate.
1857 - concerts on June 24 and 27 at the Bazar Hotel; concerts on June 28, July 2 and 3 at the City Theater; concerts on June 28, July 2 and 3 at the City Theater;
1878 - concert on November 23 at the Bazar Hotel and on December 10 at the Lambert Odeon Hall (now Apollo Passage);


1853 - Brothers Henryk and Józef Wieniawski came from Vienna for three concerts in Kraków: on April 13, 15, 17 they performed at Kraków Theater (today's Helena Modrzejewska National Stary Theater in Kraków);
1857 - on May 14, 17 and 20 they gave concerts at Kraków Theater again; around May 23 they left the city and around this time their artistic paths separated;
1877 - on February 18 Henryk Wieniawski, together with Arthur Nikish, played a concert at the Saski Hotel; then Wieniawski gave concerts in Kraków on February 27 and March 3;


1848 - concerts of Henryk and Józef Wieniawski at the Grand Theater on October 10 and 15;
1850 - in October concert(s) of the Wieniawski brothers in Łazienki Królewskie (Łazienki Park or Royal Baths Park); in December concerts at the Grand Theater;
1853 - in February two musical meetings in a private group in the salon of doctor Maksymilian Wolff, their uncle;
1855 - in September brothers stayed in Warsaw, but gave no concerts;
1860 - around May 24 a concert at the Grand Theater together with F. Dulcken; then five concerts at the Grand Theater and redoubt halls (June 3, 8, 12, 15 and 22); participation in a concert in Circus on Green Square together with Konstancja Markusfeld in aid of emerging Music Institute, also concerts in Warsaw parlours;
1860 - arrival in Warsaw in August; meetings and concerts with friends (H. Modrzejewska, M. Kalergis, S. Moniuszko);
1870 - in April two concerts at the Grand Theater and in the hall of the Merchant's Resource Association; on May 8 concert of the Wieniawski brothers in redoubt halls; on May 17 concert at the Grand Theater with the participation of J. Goebelt and H. Modrzejewska; also stay in late autumn;
1872 - in April Henryk Wieniawski arrives for the announced concerts, but they got canceled due to his dispute with F. Berg, the governor of Tsar;
1876 - concerts on January 12, 13 and 16 run by the artist's brother - Józef at the Music Society (income - 830 rubles for the Society) and concert at the Town Hall together with Mrs Dowiadowska and Mr Filleborn;


Great violinist Henryk Wieniawski visited Wrocław many times:

1848 - he performed at the local Theater on December 27 during the interval in the performance (today's Wrocław Opera);
1849 - he gave a concert on January 6 in the hall of the "König von Ungarn"("King of Hungary") hotel at the former Biskupia street No. 13;
1855 - he gave concerts on August 30 and September 1 at the Theater;
1857 - on November 12 and 14, he gave concerts at the Theater: the first for A. Blech, conductor of the theater orchestra, the second - together with the singer F. Rieger; in addition, on November 15, he participated in the musical matinee in the University concert hall;
1876/1877 - he visited Wrocław during his concert tour at the turn of 1866 and 1877;
1877 - on November 29 and December 1, he gave concerts with a group of artists of impresario Bernard Ullman (D. Artôt-Padilla, G. Bottesini, L. Brassin). Wieniawski’s inscription, a fragment of the cadenza to L. van Beethoven's violin concerto in D Major: ‘En Souvenir le 2 Xber 1877. Breslau. Henri Wieniawski’, has survived.


Every year, the International Henryk Wieniawski Festival takes place in Szczawno-Zdrój. Why? It refers to two visits of the great violinist in this beautiful resort.

1855 - On August 4, the violinist Henryk Wieniawski and his brother Józef, a pianist, came to a health resort called then Bad Salzbrunn to spend 1 and a half month holidays there. They checked in the Kursaal Hotel, which had a small concert hall (lounge) on the ground floor, and guest rooms on the first floor. They gave at least two concerts in the spa, the first of them took place on August 16;

1857 - Henryk Wieniawski came to Salzbrunn from Poznań. This time he spent two months here, from July 8 to the beginning of September. He gave at least two concerts in Kursaal Hotel hall and in the public spa theater adjacent to the hotel. He also took part in a charity concert for the benefit of the Catholic chapel, together with Romania Mycielska, Maria Orpiszewska née Wodzińska, Zofia Malhomme and Aleksander Zarzycki. 


According to preserved archival sources, Henryk Wieniawski gave only one concert in the two largest cities of the current Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship:

1854 - On May 30 the only concert of the brothers Józef and Henryk Wieniawski in Bydgoszcz took place in the Theater;
1878 - On November 25 Henryk Wieniawski performed in the Gymnasium Hall together with the Norwegian singer Lona Gulowsen and the German pianist Helena Geisler;


1854 - On May 18 and 22 Henryk and Józef Wieniawski performed in Gdańsk (then Danzig). On May 16, Henryk wrote to Gustav Bock, the publisher: ‘(...) I would like to offer you a friendly business. If you like to print my L'École moderne, as well as two Mazurkas for violin, please tell me and I will give them to you on the terms you offer (...) We are in Gdańsk, where we have the first concert the day after tomorrow. If you think I am worth answering, please send your answer to Poznań, at Mr. Żupański's address [bookseller], to hand in to Mr Henryk Wieniawski. I wish you a good day, your devoted friend, Henryk Wieniawski’.

On May 23, the brothers came to Elbląg (then Elbings). They stayed at the Berlin Hotel, as we learn from Henry's letter to G. Bock. The next day they played the only concert in the city.

- After over twenty years, Henryk Wieniawski visited Gdańsk again and performed there on November 27;


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Paris was an extremely important city in the life of the great Polish violinist. Here are some facts from his life related to it:

1844 - On April 27, 9-year-old Henryk, a student in the violin class of prof. Joseph Lambert Massart, was for the first time presented to the concert public in Salle Erard;
1846 - On June 28, Henryk wins the first prize and a gold medal at the competition exam ending (!) his violin studies at the Conservatory;
1848 - On January 30, the first joint concert of the brothers Henryk and Józef Wieniawski took place in Salle de Sax, just before their trip to Russia;
1849 - Henryk began his composition studies; gave numerous concerts, incl. March 17 in the eleventh district, March 30 in the Hall of Saint Cecilia, April 9 in the Salle Erard, May 19 in the Salle Herz;
1850 - in March he takes part in a concert for the poor in Hall of 11th arrondissement of Paris; in April, he gives a concert with an orchestra and 120 people choir conducted by H. Berlioz; in April and May, he gives concerts with his brother Josef in Salle Erard and in Salle de Sax;
1860 - On August 8, he married an English woman Izabela Bessie Hampton in St. Andrew Church;
1867 - On April 19 and 21, he took part in subscription concerts of the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire; On June 11, he performed at Théâtre Italien;
1874 - On December 27, he had performed in France for the first time after his American tour that ended several months earlier;


1857 - in August Henryk Wieniawski spent holidays and toured in the south of France: in Marseilles and Bordeaux;
1860 - At the beginning of the year he gave concerts in Bordeaux: on January 29 in the Franklin Hall, on January 31 and February 2 in the Grand Theater;
1867 - on April 27 he performed with an orchestra in the Franklin Hall, on April 30 and on May 1, 4 and 6 he took part in chamber concerts;


Henryk Wieniawski gave at least one concert in the city made famous by Joanna D'Arc - it has been established so far. But it can be safely assumed that he had visited it more often:

1875 - On January 9 he played in the concert hall of the Music Institute in Orleans with the participation of Miss Lory, we presume they were singers. A brief review of the event was published in one of the dailies: ‘(...) The audience of Orleans gave the great violinist a very warm reception, calling him back on stage after each composition. The charming Lory sisters were also very nicely received. The orchestra performed an overture to Suppé's <<The Queen of Spades>> and Leutner's Fest-Ouverture, very well received by the audience (...)’


Henryk Wieniawski had visited Lyon only once. It was late in his life, two years before he died:

1878 - on March 9 and 12 he performed at Grand Théâtre, as part of the concert series ‘Concerts populaires d’Aimé Gros’;

On March 9 he played: Beethoven's Violin Concerto with his own cadenzas, his own Fantasy on themes from ‘Faust’, "Legend" and Prelude for solo violin. On March 12, he performed a completely different program: Mendelssohn’s Concerto, Beethoven's Romance in F major, Second Polonaise of his own composition and Ernst's ‘Airs hongrois’.

‘(...) Perhaps Mr. Wieniawski has no such soul or communicative warmth as Mr. Sarasate, (...) but his technique, the art of extracting sounds and effects from the violin as unexpected as possible, cannot rise higher (...)’; ‘(...) While restrained and classical in Beethoven's great concert, he was brilliant in <<Fantasy on themes from Faust>>, and full of grace and poetry in <<Legend>>, his composition (...)’; ‘(...) Precision, mastery of this truly magical bow (...)’ - reviews reveal ('Salut Public', 'Courrier de Lyon', 12.03.1878).


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ST. PETERSBURG (Санкт-Петербург)

St. Petersburg had been extremely important in Henryk Wieniawski’s life. Here are some facts associated with it:

1848 - In march for the first time 12-year-old Henryk Wieniawski came to St. Petersburg. He gave many concerts there, for example on April 12 at the Mikhailovsky Theater, on April 24 at the Noble Assembly Hall [this is the later Great Hall of the Petersburg Philharmonic], on May 2 and 17 - morning concerts in the J.W. Miatleva’ salon (at the corner of St. Isaac's Square and Potsdamska Street), on May 28 - at the Mikhailovsky Theater. He took part in music meetings in private salons of musicians and art patrons, including Count Mateusz Wielhorski (cellist), Prince Alexei Lvov (violinist); Prince Nicholas Josupov (violinist);

1851 - brothers Henryk and Józef Wieniawski gave concerts at the Grand Theater, incl. March 8, March 20 and April 1.
They stayed at the Paris Hotel;

1860-1864 - On April 18, Henryk Wieniawski signed a contract for the position of a soloist at the Court and Court Theaters. In September he became the head of the String Quartet of the Russian Music Society. He took part in obligatory opera and ballet performances with solo parts, court concerts, quartet evenings, symphony and chamber concerts in the salons (including the famous 'Saturdays at A. Rubinstein’s salon'), the Grand Theater, the Mariinsky Theater, the Noble Assembly Hall, The Court Vocal Band Chamber (including ‘Wieniawski's musical mornings’); he gave lectures and courses for violin players in his apartment;

SARATOV (Саратов)

At the turn of the years 1851 and 1852 there were at least two concerts of Józef and Henryk Wieniawski brothers in the Hall of the Nobility, on December 23 and January 6;

In August and/or September of 1862 Henryk Wieniawski gave concerts in Saratov. We learn about it from his letter to the violinist, Vasily Bezekirsky, sent from Nizhny Novgorod on August 15, 1862: '(...) I was going to return around September 1st [to St. Petersburg], but I am going to Saratov, from where Mr. Jerszow, the chairman of the landed gentry, wrote to me, inviting me to a series of concerts (...)'.

It is known that Henryk Wieniawski also visited Saratov in 1871 and 1879, certainly for concert purposes. However, no detailed information is available at the present day.

KALININGRAD (Калининград)

We still do not know much about Henryk Wieniawski's concerts in then Königsberg:

- in April, Henryk and Józef Wieniawski brothers came to the town; they gave at least five concerts in May, their stay lasted until the middle of that month; then they went to Gdańsk (then Dantzig);
1856 - a series of concerts in July;
1857 - a series of concerts in June;
1878 - Henryk Wieniawski's concert on December 5;

VORONEZH (Воронеж)

Little is known about Henryk Wieniawski’s performances in Voronezh:
1851 - all Voronezh concerts of the Wieniawski brothers took place at the local Theater: on November 15, 21 and 27, as well as on December 1 and 3;
1868 - Wieniawski toured here between April and September;
1871 - the violinist visited the city in a period March-December;
1877 - he certainly toured Voronezh in May and/or June that year;

MOSCOW (Москва)

Henryk Wieniawski's life was strongly intertwined with the capital of Russia:

1851 - two concerts of the Wieniawski brothers in September in the Noble Assembly Hall;
1852 - early March concert(s) at the Grand Theater;
1853 - stay in Moscow in July;
1861 - two concerts in the Grand Theater in March;
1862 - concerts at the Grand Theater in the first half of that year;
1863 - concert in mid-March with the pianist Alexandre Dreyschock; concert at the Grand Theater (A. Dreyschock, conductor Richard Wagner); concert on March 29 at the Grand Theater;
1865 – on March 1 concert of the Wieniawski brothers conducted by Nicholas Rubinstein at the Grand Theater;
1866 - in May Wieniawski gave one concert at the Theater;
1868 - concert on March 14 in Moscow;
1870 - concert on April 12;
1878 - numerous concerts organized by the Russian Music Society, incl. December 7 and 29; the program included a concert in A minor by Wieniawski [lost!]; at the chamber concert Wieniawski fainted; Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata was finished for him by his student Arno Hilf, and in the Beethoven quartet in E flat major Jan Hřímaly replaced him;
1879-1880 - Henryk Wieniawski came to Moscow in the spring of 1879 and lived with Nikolai Rubinstein; they went on tour in Russia, but due to Wieniawski's disease they returned to Moscow at the end of the year. Wieniawski was sent in a very bad condition to the Mariinsky Hospital for the poor, without a livelihood; On February 26 he is taken to the house of Nadezhda von Meck on Rozhdestvensky Boulevard, where on March 31, 1880 at 8 pm he died.


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LVIV (Львів)

Lviv was on the list of two concert tours of Henryk Wieniawski:

1857 - in April the Henryk and Józef Wieniawski brothers gave many concerts here: on April 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25 t the Count Skarbek Theater and on April 29 at the Town Hall; on May 4 they played again at the Skarbek Theater; they also took part in charity concerts for the Galician Music Society (including April 29) and for the poor;

1877 - a series of concerts by Henryk Wieniawski in the Town Hall: on February 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 17;


In the 19th century, famous artists from around the world came to Kiev to famous fairs. Musicians from Poland, such as Karol Lipiński, Juliusz Zarębski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Karol Szymanowski, also performed in the hall of the Contract House in the Podil district (ukr. Поділ), including the great violinist Henryk Wieniawski, who:

1852 - gave concerts in Kiev in November of that year;
1853 - sources indicate that he may have arrived in Kiev in January;
1855 - he gave concerts there in June;
1871 - stayed in Kiev in May and / or June of that year;
1872 - gave a concert on January 20;
1879 - he played a concert on February 20;

Unfortunately, we do not have more detailed information yet.


The first concerts of Henryk and Józef Wieniawski in Odessa took place in 1852:

1852 - on July 24, 27 and 31 the brothers played in the Odessa Contract House Hall. In August and September they gave several more performances at the local Theater, also for charity. On August 14, Henryk Wieniawski wrote in M. Novotny album a fragment of his missing composition, based on motifs from the 'Richard the Lionheart' opera by A. Grétry, and the words: 'In memory of our stay in Odessa'. On August 31, a farewell concert (music morning) and a meeting with a Polish writer Józef Ignacy Kraszewski took place at the Richelieu Hotel.

1868 - from April to September the Wieniawskis played numerous concerts in Odessa; in August Henry got serious ear disease after a sea bath, which he mentions in a letter sent on August 17 from Teodósia. In the correspondence he also gives the address of the residence in Odessa during that time: Hotel Londonski [Hotel de Londres].

1869 - concerts in Odessa in April;
1871 - several concerts in December; 
1879 - Henryk Wieniawski stayed in Odessa from February to August. During that time he became seriously ill. He was subjected to numerous health cures. He was also operated on. On 9, 11, 21 and 23 February he performed with the famous Belgian singer Désirée Artôt. On April 14 he gave a concert in the Contract House Hall.


Henryk Wieniawski had visited Kharkiv repeatedly:

1852 - in January and February, the Wieniawski brothers performed in the Noble Assembly Hall. Henryk Wieniawski's entry for the pianist Zvereva has survived - Canon and dedication: 'Madam Zvereva (Zwereff), please accept the small Canon above, as well as a sincere expression of praise, which should fully inspire the artist (...)', Kharkiv, 2 February 1852;
1868 - in the period from April to September he gave concerts in Kharkiv; in May he played in the Noble Assembly Hall;
1869 - around June 12 Henryk Wieniawski had a concert at the Theater;
1877 - he gave concerts in May-June period;
1879 - Wieniawski played concerts in Kharkiv in February and March; in October and November he played with Robert Feldau as part of their concert tour;


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Henryk Wieniawski had repeatedly been present in the German capital:

1854 - from February to June of that year he, together with his brother Joseph, often visited Berlin for concert purposes, e.g. on February 19, 22 and 27 they performed at the royal court at the concert hall of the Königlisches Schauspielhauses; they played seven times in the Kroll Opera House under the direction of Engel (on March 1, 4, 9, 14, 17, 21, 23); they gave one concert in the hall of the Gustav Adolf Foundation (March 4); one at the Berlin Opera (April 11); also one at Barberini Palace in Potsdam (April 19). The King of Prussia, delighted with the play of the Polish violinist, awarded him with a gold recognition medal of science and art;

1855 - in October Henryk Wieniawski's stay in Berlin;
1857 - eight concerts of the Wieniawski brothers in Kroll's Etablissement (October 22, 25, 27, 29, 30 and 31); performances on November 1 and 3 with Bernard Ullman's group of artists (a singer Claudina Fiorentini, a contrabassist Giovanni Bottesini, conducted by Engel);
1860 - in August Henryk Wieniawski traveled to Berlin with ‘his beautiful wife’ Isabella [according to Neue Berliner Musikzeitung, August 22, 1860];
1865 - in September Berlin was once again on Wieniawski’s destination;
1878 - in November Henryk Wieniawski gave five concerts at the Kroll Theater (11, 13, 14, 17, 19). The first of them was interrupted by the violinist's heavy heart attack. He was replaced by his friend Joseph Joachim to play ‘Chaconne’ by J.S. Bach.


Henryk Wieniawski often gave concerts in the capital of the Kingdom of Saxony at that time:

1849 - On January 23 at the hall of the Hôtel de Pologne he performed at the concert with the soprano Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient and cellist Friedrich August Kummer;
1858 - he gave several concerts in the hall of the thriving till today (!) Hotel de Saxe with the pianist Marie Wieck, singers Sophie Förster and Herr von der Osten, under the baton of Hugo Hünerfürst;
1877 - in November of that year he played in the Gewerbehaus Hall several times with an impresario Bernard Ullman’ artist group, which included: a pianist Louis Brassin, a soprano Désirée Artôt-Padilla, her husband baritone Mariano Padilla, a double bassist Giovanni Bottesini and a conductor Carlo Bosoni;


The city inextricably tied with Jan Sebastian Bach applauded the Polish violinist many times:

1849 - at the end of January Henryk Wieniawski met the violinist Nikodem Biernacki in Leipzig and, it can be supposed, he gave several concerts there;
1853 - in April Wieniawski came to Leipzig for talks with publishers. He stayed with his mother Regina née Wolff and brother Józef at the Hotel Baviere. On October 27, in the Gewandhaus hall, the young violinist first performed the violin concerto in F minor, Op. 14 under cond. Ferdinand David (during that evening Józef Wieniawski and a singer Louise Bergauer also performed). On November 5, a concert of the Wieniawski brothers took place at the City Theater;
1855 - 30 September Henryk Wieniawski played Gewandhaus under the direction of Ferdinand David. He stayed in Leipzig until at least mid-October;
1867 - On October 10 he performed in the Gewandhaus with an opera singer Therese Seehofer;
1876 ​​- November 16 gave a concert at the Gewandhaus. He mentioned about his plans in a letter to Mikołaj Rubinstein, written in London on October 23, 1876;
1877 - October 18, the Polish violinist again played in the Gewandhaus;


1849 - Henryk Wieniawski came to Weimar in February of that year and spent three months in the Altenburg, Franz Liszt’s residence;
1853 - brothers Józef and Henryk Wieniawski came to Franciszek Liszt’ place in April, it was a three-month stay. Together with Liszt they participated in public and court concerts (including May 15 and June 6 - the latter in honor of the King and Queen of Saxony and the Dutch Queen at the court in Weimar), held discussion meetings at the Villa Altenburg; in addition, Józef received piano lessons from Liszt;
1857 - participation of Henryk Wieniawski in the concert on October 21 to celebrate Franz Liszt’s birthday;
1858 - Wieniawski came to Weimar again in October of that year. Here's what he wrote in his letter on October 2, 1885: ‘Liszt and the Theater Authorizing Officer are not present in Weimar. The Theater will not be open until a few days from now, so Weimar is completely disorganized as far as music is concerned. [...] In a moment I am leaving from here... ';


Munich was also a place on talented brothers Wieniawski’s concert tours: 

1853 - young artists gave their first concerts in this city on August 8 and 11. On November 23 Henryk Wieniawski wrote a dedication for Wojciech Wilkoszewski on the title page of the first edition of his composition "Souvenir de Moscou" ("Souvenir d'amitié à Monsieur Adalbert Wilkoszewski / Hri Wieniawski / Münich de 23 / Ner 1853 "); in December the brothers performed at the royal court with such success that Maximilian, Prince of Bavaria, awarded Henry with a gold medal. It is also known that on December 6 and 17 the Wieniawski played in the Odeon hall [Saale des Königlichen Odeons] together with Fraulein Stanko;

1854 - July and August of that year the Wieniawski brothers spent in Munich. From archival sources we learn that they appeared in the Saale des Königlichen Odeons. On August 8 they played with Louise Wolf, on August 11 - with Fraulein Stanko (both concerts conducted by Peter Moralt). Henryk Wieniawski's dedication to August Moritz on the title card of his "Kujawiak" of July 26, 1854 has survived ("A son àmi Auguste Moritz / souvenir de notre .... et / de ... .. De Münich / le 26 Juillet / 1854 / Henri Wieniawski "). Another curiosity is that in his letter from August 9, 1854 Wieniawski gives the address of his stay in Munich: Promenadenstr. 15 (2nd floor);

1855 - in August the brothers also toured in Munich; unfortunately, we do not know the details of their stay;


Henryk Wieniawski was a frequent guest in the famous spa town of Baden-Baden. When, where and with who did he perform? Here’s what we know…

1853 - Józef and Henryk Wieniawski brothers visited Baden-Baden that summer; 
1854 - the Wieniawski brothers gave concerts in August of that year; 
1857 - Henryk Wieniawski gave two concerts at the Maison de Conversation: on September 4 in the Grande Salle with singers De Luigi and Bottesini and a pianist Anton Rubinstein, and on September 11 in the Salon des Fleurs, together with a singer Claudina Fiorentini and a double bass player Giovanni Bottesini; 
1858 - at the end of June and on July 1 and 6, Henryk Wieniawski performed with a pianist Hans von Bülow and a cellist Bernard Cossman; 
1859 – on July 31 Henryk Wieniawski, a pianist Mikołaj Rubinstein and a cellist Alfred Piatti played a concert together;
1862 - Wieniawski gave concerts in Baden-Baden in July and August of that year; 
1877 - on October 2, Wieniawski played with a pianist Louis Brassin; 
1878 - on September 9 he performed at Grossen Saale des Conversationshauses with Luois Brassin and singers - Lilli and Lehmann;


1854 - the Wieniawski brothers gave concerts in Frankfurt am Main at the beginning of that year, and in November and December they appeared there again to give 5 more concerts at the local Theater. Moreover, in one of the organized music evenings for violinists, Henryk Wieniawski performed selected etudes from the L'ecole moderne collection he had composed. In his letter from December 16, 1854, already written in Brussels, the violinist recalls the Frankfurt concerts and writes that both his brother and he himself received a real distinction - a great gold medal from Prince Maximilian of Bavaria.

1857 - On October 9, Henryk Wieniawski gave a concert with an impresario Ullman's Group of artists: a singer Claudina Fiorentini and a double bass player Giovanni Bottesini;
1864 - Henryk Wieniawski spent his summer vacation in Frankfurt, most probably in August;
1876 ​​- on January 21 the artist gave a concert in Frankfurt;
1877 - on October 12 the following year he played his last concert in the city;


1853 - summer visit of the Wieniawski brothers to the spa resort of Wiesbaden;

1856 - The Wieniawski brothers gave a concert in Wiesbaden in the fall. A letter written in Wiesbaden on October 25, 1856 from Henryk Wieniawski to his friend Alexander Dreyschock, has survived, in which the artist gives his address in the luxurious Nassauer-Hof Hotel (still existing!) and asks for financial support due to his poor situation caused by... gambling: "(...) I am currently in Wiesbaden, where I have got completely broke, i.e. I have been penniless (...)";

1858 - Henryk Wieniawski gave a concert on August 2 and was honored by William III, King of the Netherlands, with the Officer's Cross of the Order of the Oak Crown (Orde van de Eikenkroon);

1859 - at the end of August, Henryk Wieniawski performed in Wiesbaden; he was accompanied by a cellist Jacques Franco-Mendès;

1863 - in August, the Wieniawski brothers came to the Wiesbaden spa for recreational purposes, and also gave concerts;

1864 - at the turn of August and September, Wieniawski gave concerts in Wiesbaden with the following artists: a cellist Alfred Piatti and opera singers: Mrs. Caggiati and Kastner-Escudier, and Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld.

1877 - Henryk Wieniawski gave a concert on October 15;

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  • Collections of the Archive-Library of the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society in Poznań
  • W. Grigoriew, "Henryk Wieniawski. Życie i twórczość", PWN 1986
  • R. Suchowiejko, "Henryk Wieniawski. Wirtuoz w świetle XIX-wiecznej prasy", Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego, Poznań 2011
  • A. Jazdon, "Henryk Wieniawski. Katalog tematyczny dzieł", Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego, Poznań 2009
  • Internet, digital libraries 


Henryk Wieniawski Superstar - Ostenda (Oostende)

Ostend (Oostende, Ostende) 

Henryk Wieniawski gave many concerts in Ostend, in his free time he devoted himself to his favorite pastime in a local casino - gambling:

1854 - concerts in August-September;
1858 - concerts in August-September;

1859 - concert on September 1 in the Casino (Kursaal) with a pianist Anton Rubinstein and a cellist Alfred Piatti. The violinist suddenly fell ill and almost didn’t show up on the stage. In the Revue et Gazette Musicale de Paris (September 11, 1859) we find information: "Wieniawski is sick, lies in bed. Engaged to a young Englishwoman. Grand Duchess Helena, on her way out of Ostend, gave him a wonderful brooch and diamond earrings for his fiancée."

1867 - in August, Henryk Wieniawski gave a charity concert in Ostend with the artists: Arved Poorten, Mlle Louise Singelée;
1874 - we know that Henryk Wieniawski gave concerts in Ostend;
1875 - he gave concerts here in July;
1878 - Henryk Wieniawski's concert on September 4 in the Casino together with Mme Ida Cornélis-Servais. At the end of September, he played a concert at the Grande Salle des bals du Kursaal.

Illustration sources:

  • Lublin: Miejsce urodzenia Henryka Wieniawskiego - kamienica przy staromiejskim Rynku (obecnie nr 17) w Lublinie (Lubelskie Archiwum Cyfrowe); jego metryka chrztu z 6.07.1844 r. (Archiwum Główne Akt Dawnych); "Kurier Warszawski" z 5.11.1848 r. (Biblioteka Uniwersytecka w Warszawie); Ratusz w Lublinie ok. 1828 r. (Polona).
  • Poznań: Bracia Wieniawscy. Litografia autorstwa M. Jaroczyńskiego, wydana w oficynie J. K. Żupańskiego w 1854 r. w Poznaniu (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu; afisz jednego z koncertów Wieniawskich w Poznaniu (Archiwum Państwowe w Poznaniu), fragment recenzji jednego z koncertów; Bazar Poznański ca. 1850 (Biblioteka Uniwersytecka w Poznaniu).
  • Kraków: Afisz w dzienniku "Czas" nr 109 z 14.05.1857 r. (Biblioteka Uniwersytecka w Warszawie); Teatr w Krakowie w 1854 r. (J. Mączyński, "Kraków dawny i teraźniejszy z przeglądem jego okolic", Polona); Hotel Saski w Krakowie – pocztówka z lat 20. XX w.; "Kurier Krakowski" nr 39 z 17.02.1877 r. (Jagiellońska Biblioteka Cyfrowa).
  • Warszawa: Teatr Wielki w Warszawie w 1839 roku i fragment recenzji koncertu braci Wieniawskich z 1848 r.; Łazienki Królewskie w 1839 roku i Resursa Obywatelska w końcu XIX w. (Polona).
  • Wrocław: Teatr Miejski (Polona), wnętrze hotelu "König von Ungarn" (, Uniwersytet we Wrocławiu wg rys. R. Geisslera. Na fotografii z ok. 1877 roku siedzą D. Artôt-Padilla, A. Jaëll, G. Bottesini i Henryk Wieniawski (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu).
  • Szczawno-Zdrój: Młody Henryk Wieniawski (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego), Kursaal w Bad Salzbrunn w 1846 r., Litografie Bad Salzbrunn z 1840 r. (
  • Bydgoszcz i Toruń: Plac Teatralny w Bydgoszczy opublikowany w czasopiśmie „Bromberg”, na pierwszym planie dawny Teatr Miejski i wieża kościoła karmelitów (zbiory Eugeniusza Gliwińskiego); zapowiedź koncertu w Bydgoszczy - Posener Zeitung, 27.05.1854 (źródło: Polona); ogłoszenie o koncercie - Gazeta Toruńska, 24.11.1878 (Kujawsko-Pomorska Biblioteka Cyfrowa); Henryk Wieniawski po 1865 r. (Polona).
  • Gdańsk i Elbląg: Kopie listów H. Wieniawskiego i fotografia skrzypka autorstwa F. Mieczkowskiego, Warszawa ca. 1876 r. (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu).
  • Paryż: Henryk Wieniawski i jego prof. Joseph-Lambert Massart; dokument, w którym Massart żąda przeniesienia Henryka do swojej klasy (2.12.1844): "najpiękniejsze nadzieje rokuje młody Wieniawski, w wieku 10 lat i 4 miesięcy" (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu); skrzypce GAND, Luthier de la Musique du Roi at du Conservatoire de Musique, które H. Wieniawski otrzymał w nagrodę dla najlepszego skrzypka kończącego Konserwatorium w Paryżu (Muzeum Instrumentów Muzycznych w Poznaniu); Henryk Wieniawski z żoną Izabelą, ok. 1862 r. (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu).       
  • Bordeaux: Fotografia wizytowa H. Wieniawskiego, ca. 1860; Grand-Théâtre w Bordeaux, fragment artykułu (Gallica/BNF).
  • Orlean: Fragment recenzji koncertu opublikowanej w „Le Menestrel” 17.01.1875 (RetroNews, Bibliothèque Nationale de France); Henryk Wieniawski ca. 1876 r. w fotografii Fritza Luckhardta, Wiedeń (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu); budynek i sala koncertowa Instytutu Muzycznego w Orleanie przy Place Sainte-Croix (dzisiejsze Konserwatorium Muzyczne), zdjęcie współczesne i pocztówka z 1906 r. (
  • Lyon: Teatr Wielki w Lyonie ok. 1902 roku (Bibliothèque Nationale de France), przekrój pierwszego teatru w Lyonie (; Lyon, widok na jeden z mostów, fot. Victor Muzet, ok. 1870 r. (Gallica, Bibliothèque Nationale de France), Henryk Wieniawski u schyłku życia (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu).
  • Petersburg: Henryk Wieniawski, rysunek z czasopisma „Ilustracja”, Petersburg, 1848 r.; Teatr Wielki w Petersburgu; List Henryka Wieniawskiego wysłany z Petersburga 28.11.1860 r.; Koncert Henryka Wieniawskiego w salonie Wielkiego Księcia Konstantego w Petersburgu, drzeworyt z "Der Salon für Literatur, Kunst und Gesellschaft", ca. 1862, przy fortepianie – Aleksander Dreyshock (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu).
  • Saratów: Fragment wycinka prasowego z informacją o koncertach braci Wieniawskich (Polona); Afisz koncertu braci Wieniawskich w Saratowie 23 grudnia 1851 r. (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu); widok ogólny Saratowa w pocz. XX wieku (fragment pocztówki).
  • Kaliningrad: Fragm. dziennika „Czas” Nr 105, 7.05.1854 (Biblioteka Jagiellońska); dwa listy Henryka Wieniawskiego z Królewca z 25.04. i 6.05.1854 (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu); fragment recenzji koncertu braci Wieniawskich w jednym z dzienników Królewca z 1854 roku (Polona).
  • Woroneż: Teatr w Woroneżu w połowie XIX w. (; H. Wieniawski: karykatura rosyjska z 1877 r. i zdjęcie z Petersburga z ok. 1862 r. (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu); S.M. Vasiliev, Widok na Woroneż ok. 1840 r. (Wikipedia).
  • Lwów: Afisz koncertu braci Wieniawskich, Teatr Hrabiego Skarbka we Lwowie, 23.04.1857 (Polona), Teatr Skarbkowski we Lwowie, drzeworyt z 1873 r. wg Adolfa Kozarskiego (Kłosy nr 423 z 7.08.1873 s. 89); wpis Henryka Wieniawskiego dla Wandy Młodnickiej, Lwów 17.02.1877 r. (Korespondencja W. Młodnickiej, Biblioteka Jagiellońska); Afisz koncertu Henryka Wieniawskiego, 9.02.1877 r. (Polona).
  • Kijów: H. Wieniawski - fotografia wizytowa z lat 60. XIX wieku (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu); Dom Kontraktowy w XIX wieku (; Panorama miasta Kijowa, Ławra Peczerska, ok. 1900 (Polona).
  • Odessa: Pierwotny, nieistniejący dziś, budynek Teatru w Odessie (; fragment listu Henryka Wieniawskiego do J.I. Kraszewskiego, Odessa, 30.08.1852 r. (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu); fragmenty recenzji koncertów braci Wieniawskich w Odessie (Polona).
  • Charków: Sala Zgromadzenia Szlacheckiego w Charkowie w 1924 r. (, budynek zniszczono podczas wojny; dedykacja H. Wieniawskiego dla p. Zwierewej (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu); Budynek pierwszego murowanego teatru w Charkowie, wzniesiony przez L. Młotkowskiego w latach 1841-1842 (wikipedia); Widok Charkowa z Chłodnej Góry z końca XIX w. (
  • Berlin: Schauspielhaus w Berlinie w 1825 r. i nieistniejąca dziś Krollopera ok. 1850 r. (Wikipedia); pisany w Berlinie list Henryka Wieniawskiego, 1 kwietnia 1854 r. (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu).
  • Drezno: Nieistniejący dziś Hotel de Pologne w Dreźnie w rysunku G. Dreschera, 1846 r. (Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig); Afisz koncertu H. Wieniawskiego w Hotelu de Pologne, 23.01.1849 r. (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu); Hotel de Saxe w Dreźnie (; Gewerbehaus w 1910 roku (, budynek zniszczony w 1945 r.
  • Lipsk: Bracia Wieniawscy. Litografia Opassa z dedykacją dla wydawcy Bartholfa Senffa, Lipsk 1853 (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu); list H. Wieniawskiego pisany w Lipsku 11.10.1855 r. (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu); Altes Gewandhaus ok. 1870 r. (Wikipedia); Bracia Wieniawscy, Illustrirte Zeitung, 4.02.1854 r. (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu).
  • Weimar: Willa Altenburg ok. 1859 r. i wnętrze jej salonu z 1855 r. (; Franciszek Liszt (Wikipedia); List Henryka Wieniawskiego z Weimaru do p. Eugene Eiserle w Wiedniu z dn. 7.06.1853 r. (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu).
  • Monachium: Karta tytułowa „Souvenir de Moscou" z dedykacją dla W. Wilkoszewskiego; karta tytułowa „Kujawiaka” z dedykacją dla A. Moritza; list H. Wieniawskiego z Monachium z 20.07.1854 r. (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu); Odeonplatz w Monachium między 1860 a 1890 r. (Library of Congress).
  • Baden-Baden: Afisz koncertu 4 września 1857 r.; H. Wieniawski, A. Rubinstein i K. Dawydow ca. 1861 r. (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu); Baden-Baden - Maison de la Conversation: fot. A. Braun, 1865-1875 (The J. Paul Getty Museum, i na fot. z 1870 roku, Bords du Rhin, Drier, Paris (
  • Frankfurt am Main: zburzony w 1911 roku budynek Teatru we Frankfurcie – Comoedienhaus, fot. z 1902 i rycina z 1863 r. (Wikipedia); fragment listu H. Wieniawskiego z 16.12.1854; H. Wieniawski na zdjęciu z lat 60. XIX w. (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu).
  • Wiesbaden: Kaiser Friedrich-Denkmal & Hotel Nassauer-Hof w 1905 roku (Biblioteka Kongresu); H. Wieniawski w Petersburgu ok. 1862 r.; list skrzypka z Wiesbaden z 25.10.1856 r. (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu); Krzyż Oficerski Orderu Korony Dębowej (Wikipedia).
  • Ostend: Alfredo Piatti i Henryk Wieniawski w 1859 r. (Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. H. Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu); pierwsze kasyno w Ostendzie (; Oostende, De Kursaal en de Zeedijk, kartka pocztowa z pocz. XX wieku (Universität Osnabrück,