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Wieniawski, Henryk

Born: 1835 AD
Died: 1880 AD

1835 – Henryk Wieniawski was born on July 10th in Lublin. Polish violinist and composer.

1850 – He returned to the Paris Conservatory and was joined by his brother Josef, where both studied composition.

1851 – Henryk Wieniawski began his career as a virtuoso in earnest, spending some three years in Russia giving concerts and writing music for his own use.

1853 – In most of his early compositions, including the violin Concerto in F-sharp minor, he put emphasis on technical difficulty and virtuoso effects. They were performance pieces which he composed with himself as a performer in mind.

1860 – The relatively stable period of his residence in St. Petersburg yielded the finest of his compositional works: Etudes-caprices op.18, Polonaise Brillante op.21, and the Second Violin Concerto in D-minor.

1872 – After his last contract in St. Petersburg had run its course, he resumed the life of the traveling virtuoso with a two-year tour of North America.

1875 – Accepted a position of the professor of violin at the Brussels Conservatory but still maintained an extensive calendar of traveling and perfoming engagements.

1877 – Exhausting concert tours of the United States of America were followed by appointment as successor to Vieuxtemps at Brussels Conservatory, where he taught.

1880 – He died of an aggravated heart condition on March 31st, in Moscow, in the midst of yet another concert tour. He was forty five at the time of his death.