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date: 22 August 2019

Kątski family [de Kontskï]locked

  • Paul David,
  • Dennis Libby
  •  and Zofia Chechlińska


[de Kontskï]

Polish family of musicians. They were the children of a minor official in Kraków, who played different instruments, sang and composed. All child prodigies, the older ones first appeared in a public concert on 3 February 1822 in Kraków; shortly afterwards their father moved the family to Warsaw, where they studied and performed. In 1827 they began their first tour through Poland and Russia; they visited St Petersburg, remaining there the first six months of 1829 and performing at court, and Moscow, which they left in July 1830, returning to Kraków in October 1831. In 1832 they went to Vienna, which was their base for several years. In 1835 they worked their way through Germany and France to Paris, where they arrived in 1836 and gave their first, very successful concert on 1 February 1837. Their careers began to diverge after they settled in Paris.

(b Kraków, Sept 6, 1815...

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Revue et gazette musicale de Paris
Ruch muzyczny
F.-J. Fétis: Biographie universelle des musiciens
Allgemeine (deutsche) Musik-Zeitung/Musikzeitung (1874-1943)