Henryk Wieniawski. Fotografia z 1876 roku. / Henryk Wieniawski. Photography from 1876. / Fritz Luckhardt, Wiedeń (Wien) Second concerto op. 22, strona tytułowa pierwodruku / title page of the first edition List Henryka Wieniawskiego z Norymbergii, 12 stycznia 1854 roku / Letter of Henryk Wieniawski from Nurenberg (Nürnberg), dated12 January 1954. Fragment afisza obwieszczającego koncert Henryka Wieniawskiego w Królewskim Teatrze Lyceum w Londynie, 20 listopada 1858 / A fragment of a poster of Henryk Wieniawski's concert in the Royal Lyceum Theatre in London, 20 November 1858. Henryk i Józef Wieniawski,  Illustrirte Zeitung, No. 553, 4 Februar 1854, TMiHW / HWMS collection


The Archive and Library of Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society collects, compiles and makes publicly available materials and information related to the person of Henryk Wieniawski, his life, work and artistic activity, as well as the broadly understood musical culture of the 19th and 20th centuries. Extensive archival and library research and surveys (France, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Russia, Ukraine and the USA) make it possible to carry out scholarly, source and editorial work within Henryk Wieniawski Collected Worksinternational publication project, as well as to organize international musicological conferences (until now we have organised three editions). Archival work is a lasting and inherent element of the Society’s operation. Initiated by Edmund Grabkowski, it has been uninterruptedly continued for several years.

Special thanks to Peter Rennie for sending us precious archival materials as well as for his help in running search queries in Great Britain.

                               Collection of Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society  (PDF)


The Archive-Library collection consists of:

Music publications:

1. 19th and 20th century Henryk and Joseph Wieniawski's music publications (incl. first editions, compositions published during their lifetimes as well as posthumous releases)

2. 20th century editions of musical works by Polish composers (only violin literature):

Adam Andrzejowski, Jan Astriab, Grażyna Bacewicz, Jerzy Bauer, Grzegorz Fitelberg, Zdzisław Jahnke, Feliks Janiewicz, Aleksander Jarzębski, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Eugeniusz Knapik, Karol Lipiński, Witold Lutosławski, Artur Malawski, Emil Młynarski, Zygmunt Noskowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Stefan Bolesław Poradowski, Bronisław Przybylski, Roman Statkowski, Antoni Szałowski, Bonifacy Szałowski, Tadeusz Szeligowski, Karol Szymanowski, Michał Spisak, Juliusz Zarębski, Aleksander Zarzycki.

Materials documenting the composer’s (and his brother Joseph's) life and work:

1. originals and duplicates of concert posters, newspaper clippings

2. quotations and extracts from press publications

3. biographical evidence: correspondence and documentation of the Wieniawski family

The sound library collection comprises:

1. analog and digital records (CDs, DVDs)
2. magnetic tapes (reels and cassettes)
3. video cassettes

An important part of the Archive is documentation related to instrumental contests:

1. National instrumental competitions
International Competitions: the violin, violin-making and composers competitions

Books and periodicals

The collection is open to the public from Monday to Friday, 09:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and is available exclusively on-site by prior telephone or e-mail appointment with the Archive custodian.


Michał Wysocki   michal@wieniawski.pl

Samowar Izabeli i Henryka Wieniawskich, dar ich prawnuka - Robina Patteson-Knighta / A samovar of Isabella and Henryk Wieniawski, a gift from their great-grandson - Robin Patteson-Knight Plakat II Międzynarodowego Konkursu Skrzypcowego im. H. Wieniawskiego, 1981 / A poster of the 2nd International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, 1952. / Adam Sopoćko Plakat VIII Międzynarodowego Konkursu Skrzypcowego im. H. Wieniawskiego, 1981 / A poster of the 8th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, 1981. / W. Schmidt Plakat 12. Międzynarodowego Konkursu Skrzypcowego, 2001. / proj. Yenec Piskorski Studio 37 Wizerunek Henryka Wieniawskiego grającego Karnawał wenecki Paganiniego / A picture of Henryk Wieniawski playing Paganini's Carnival of Venice / L'Illustration Journal Universel, 17 kwietnia 1858, vol. XXXI, nr 790  / Alexandre Verhueil