b Lublin, Poland, 10 July 1835
d Moscow, 31 March 1880, aged forty-four
Born of a musical family, he showed exceptional talent for the violin at a very early age. He entered the Paris Conservatory in 1843; then, apart from periods of teaching - 1860 to 1872 in St Petersburg and 1875 to 1877 at Brussels Conservatory - he toured widely as a master performer, despite a severe heart condition which ultimately killed him.
Polonaise No 1 for violin and orchestra
Souvenir de Moscow, for violin and orchestra
Violin Concerto No 1
Ugende, for violin and orchestra
Violin Concerto No 2
Wieniawski's large output of other compositions featured exclusively the violin.