The first Stradivarius in post-war Poland loaned to Janusz Wawrowski

Polish Stradivari

The first Stradivarius in post-war Poland has been loaned to Janusz Wawrowski. The precious instrument will be stored in the treasury and displayed at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, where it was presented for the first time in Poland, on the morning of 9 May. The patron of the art who decided to buy the instrument is one of the richest Poles who wants to remain anonymous. By purchasing and sharing these exceptional violin, he wants to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Poland's regaining of Independence.

Stradivarius - this one word evokes the thrill of excitement all around the world. The works created by the famous luthier are worth millions of dollars. The instruments of this class give incomparable sound. There is one "but" - they must be in the hands of a great virtuoso. They tend to be capricious, like a living organism and only good skills allow to bring out their full potential.

For years, Janusz Wawrowski dreamed about bringing such a great instrument to Poland, believing that their absence marginalizes Polish artists on the international stage. Before the II World War Poland had Stradivarius violins. Unfortunately, all these extremely valuable instruments were moved abroad, sold or handed over. Now, for the first time in the post-war history of the country, we have "our" Stradivarius. What's more, it is an absolutely unique instrument!

Many details about the story of this violin are shrouded in mystery. In its construction, it runs far beyond the period called Amatiese. The form of the instrument refers to the most splendid copies of Stradivari from the so-called the golden period of his work. It remained in the hands of private owners for years. It was used to for the performances only once a year. Thanks to this, it is currently one of the best-preserved Stradivarius in the world. A thorough examination of this 333-year-old instrument showed that all its elements are original. The violin was made in 1685, in the year of birth of Johann Sebastian Bach. The authenticity of the violin is confirmed by certificates.

In next years he will be performing and recording among others: Karol Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 1 as well as Violin Concertos by Jean Sibelius, Andrzej Panufnik, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Ludomir Rozycki.

Photo: Marcin Oliva Soto