enry Wieniawski (1835-1880), Polish violinist and composer, was one of the most outstanding virtuosi of his time. He began his musical education in Lublin and continued it in Paris where he made his debut in 1848. It was the beginning of an extraordinarily brilliant and intense virtuoso career. Wieniawski performed in France, Germany, England, Russia and Scandinavia, inspiring an enthusiastic response everywhere from public and critics alike. In 1860 he settled in St. Petersburg, where he was appointed soloist at the court of the Tsar and professor of violin at the Conservatory.
He also actively participated in the city's Musical Society.