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Wieniawski, Henryk
Henryk Wieniawski
July 10, 1835 – March 31, 1880

Composer Henryk Wieniawski was a Polish violinist. His was famous for his virtuosity with that instrument, and also for contributing impressive pieces which championed the spirit of Poland.

Wieniawski’s nationalistic tendencies grew from the events of his birth. He was born while Poland was part of the Russian Empire. His skill at the violin was noticed early, and he was sent to the Paris Conservatoire at nine.

He toured after graduation, and published his first works. He relocated to St. Petersburg, taught violin, and directed the Russian Musical Society’s orchestra. He also toured America, and, upon his return to Europe, became a professor at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles.

He died while on tour in Russia, in 1880.

Wieniawski contributed significant pieces in the violin repertoire, which were particularly prized by advanced violinists. His pieces were demanding, and consisted of difficult bowing and staccato techniques.

Notable works
Polonaise in D
Violin Concerto No. 2

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