7th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition
Poznań, 13-27 November 1977

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It was a true odyssey! Something like this never happened to me before. First of all, however, I am full of admiration for the town, which, in spite of so many adversities, did everything to make my concert materialize. I also wanted to perform very much; I shall never forget that 25 years ago it was on this very stage that I enjoyed my first international success...”, having relaxed after the event’s opening concert, Igor Oistrakh started his story. The long and extensive preparations for the event were for the first time coordinated by Andrzej Wituski, the then Deputy Mayor of Poznań. At daybreak on 13th (!) November, when everything was ready to a tee, a thick blanket of autumn fog enveloped Bratislava, where Igor Oistrakh performed the night before. The morning flight to Poznań, which was scheduled to land at 10 a.m., was cancelled. Without mobile phones and the Internet, with just a chain of open-minded people, the organizers luckily managed to deliver the priceless passenger (who made the last leg of the journey on board of an ambulance aircraft), and bring the odyssey to a close at 4:15 p.m. Three quarters of an hour later, the soloist already rehearsed with the Philharmonic Orchestra, and at 8 p.m. was ready to perform Tchaikovsky’s Concerto.

Chroniclers of the 1977 Wieniawski Competition endlessly dwell on the incident. It has assumed a legendary status and, however briefly, it has to be recalled before we move on to this singularly fascinating, three-stage young violin player contest. The keenest rivalry took place between musicians from the two political superpowers, although the Japanese and the Poles also added spice. The audience were electrified, the journalists full of excitement; the names of Brodsky, Bron, Kurosaki, or Milewski soon became very popular. Noticeable everywhere, young people from the “Pro Sinfonika” music-lover movement cranked up the atmosphere. The movement’s particular clubs took care of different nations participating in the competition. Without a question, the players who enjoyed greatest popularity were the Americans: Lucia Lin, the youngest participant of the event, as well as the competition audiences’ favourite, Peter Zazofsky and his pianist, Scott Feigin. Concerts by famous choirs, exhibition previews,music sessions at schools fostered social life, which, like never before, flourished off the main competition venue.

Although the event (at least for the host nation) began on the nervous side, it ended to universal acclaim.With their final verdict, the jury managed to reconcile the main protagonists’ supporters. Music lovers from Poznań had finally had their laureate, who — during the result announcement ceremony — was represented by his… dad. When asked about Piotr, Mr Milewski answered most unhurriedly, “He is fast asleep; after all, it is the middle of the night, isn’t it?”. “When are we going to tell him about the success?”. “In the morning, when he wakes up”. The triumphant Wadim Brodski was overjoyed. He won the Competition playing no less than Wieniawski’s Stradivarius. However, he had to immediately return the hired instrument to the state collection in Moscow. No sooner had he returned the jewel, though, than he himself returned to Poland. With Polish citizenship (having married in Warsaw), he lives in Italy. One of the Japanese laureates, in turn, Asa Konishi, settled in Switzerland. Soon after the competition to her family’s she added a second name: Jankowska, after her husband, a young engineer from Poznań, son of Helena Jankowska, the octolingual living legend of the Poznań event.

source: R. Połczyński, Da Capo. 75 lat Międzynarodowych Konkursów im. Henryka Wieniawskiego

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A poster of 7th edition of Wieniawski Violin Competition designed by W. Schmidt.


Chairman: Irena Dubiska (Poland)

Zenon Brzewski (Poland)

Jean Fournier (France
André Gertler (Belgium
Stefan Gheorghiu (Roumunia)

Frederick Grinke (Great Britain)
Krzysztof Jakowicz (Poland
Jadwiga Kaliszewska (Poland)

Emil Kamilarov (Bulgaria
Wolfgang Marschner (GFR)

Igor Oistrakh (USSR
Zenon Płoszaj (Poland
Franz Samohyl (Austria)

Werner Scholz (GDR
Jiři Tomašek (Czechoslovakia)

Roman Totenberg (USA)

Yoshio Unno (Japan)

Pierwsze posiedzenie jury Konkursu w siedzibie Towarzystwa Muzycznego im. H. Wieniawskiego.jpg 139.95 kB Pamiątkowe zdjęcie jury w Sali im. Lubrańskiego.jpg 126.03 kB


1st prize: Vadim BRODSKY (USSR
2nd prize: Piotr MILEWSKI(Poland), Mikhail VAIMAN (USSR
3rd prize: Zakhar BRON (USSR), Peter A. ZAZOFSKY (USA
4th prize: Charles A. LINALE (France
5th prize: Hiro KUROSAKI (Austria), Anna A. WÓDKA (Poland)

6th prize: Kazuhiko SAWA (Japan)

Awards: Asa Konishi (Japan); Keiko Mizuno (Japan)

Wadim Brodskij (ZSRR) - I nagroda i złoty medal.jpg 124.71 kB Piotr Milewski (Polska) - II nagroda.jpg 94.97 kB Michaił Wajman (ZSRR) - II nagroda.jpg 122.57 kB Zachar Bron (ZSRR) - III nagroda.jpg 165.79 kB Peter Zazofsky (USA) - III nagroda.jpg 119.47 kB Charles A. Linale (Francja) - IV nagroda.jpg 104.61 kB Hiro Kurosaki (Austria) - V nagroda.jpg 134.76 kB Anna Aleksndra Wódka (Polska) - V nagroda.jpg 61.07 kB Kazuhiko Sawa (Japonia) - VI nagroda.jpg 62.02 kB Asa Konishi (Japonia) - wyróżnienie.jpg 171.74 kB