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Verso autographed and inscribed J. Ganz of Brussels carte de visite photograph of the Polish pianist and brother of violinist Henryk Wieniawski dedicated to conductor Josef Rebicek, Brussels, July 21, 1885.  The pianist writes, My dear, highly praised friend the Music Director Josef Rebicek, with friendly memories……..

Wieniawski (1837 - 1912) was born in Lublin, Poland.  Slightly less than two years younger than his brother, both were brought to the Paris Conservatoire, where from 1847, the pianist studied pianoforte with Zimmermann, Marmontel and Alkan and composition with Le Couppey.  In 1850, the brothers toured France, Holland, England and Germany ending in 1853.  He then decided he wanted to pursue a solo career. Tsar Nicholas I of Russia awarded Jozéf a scholarship in 1854 to study with Franz Liszt in Weimar.  He spent the years 1855 to 1856.  He also studied in Berlin during the year with the composer Adolf Bernhard Marx.  The first year he toured as a soloist he programmed  Chopin’s etudes in his performances, which Liszt claimed he was the first to do so after him.  The pianist arrived in Paris in 1857, which he used as his home when he wasn’t touring.  While in Paris, he befriended the important composers there, Rossini, Auber, Gounod, Berlioz, Meyerbeer and Richard Wagner. (Wagner at that time was not famous.) He also was considered a “preferred” artist by Napoleon III and his wife Empress Eugenie.  In 1866 he was lured to Moscow to be one of the first Professors at Anton Rubinstein’s new Moscow Conservatory.  There he was also a favorite of Tsar Alexander II.  Eventually, he opened his own piano school in addition to his conservatory responsibilities.  He moved back to Poland in 1875 to direct the Warsaw Music Society for a year.  After that year he moved to Brussels where he taught, performed and lived for the remainder of his life. 

Wieniawski was also a composer.  He wrote a large amount of solo piano music, a symphony, lieder and chamber works, but his best remembered piece is his piano concerto op. 20 which is still performed.  His manuscripts are contained at the Brussels Conservatoire.

Rebicek (1844-1904) was a violinist of concertmaster quality.  He was the Concertmaster of the Wiesbaden Hoforchester and shared Music Director duties with Wilhelm Jahn at the Court Theatre.  At one time he had played in the Weimar Orchestra under Liszt.  His first concertmaster position was at the Prague German Theater.  He went to lead the Opera in Warsaw in 1883, then he was hired to fill the Budapest Royal Opera Music Director position when Mahler was forced out in 1891.  He went back to Wiesbaden where he shared conducting duties at the Court Opera until 1897 when he was hired by the Berlin Philharmonic as Music Director in 1897.  He remained the Music Director there until his death. 

A scarce and important pianist autographed photograph, with an important dedication.