When in 2018 the world circulated the information that Poland was the beneficiary of the treasure of material culture, which is Stradivarius, bought from the Italian Ratinich family, everyone wondered who had allocated the huge amount to it. In retrospect, we know that Roman Ziemian, a man who will forever be remembered in the history of Polish culture and national heritage, has become the patron of art, which is so much needed by Polish culture and music. Let’s recall how it happened.
The National Forum of Music in Wrocław is a cultural center in the Dolnośląskie Voivodeship. The place has many concert halls with excellent acoustics. There are often amazing concerts that give a lot of excitement. It would seem that this place could not be even more special.
The initiative to organize a unique concert and purchase the Stradivarius instrument on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence in 1918 came from Janusz Wawrowski – a phenomenal violinist of the NFM. Before 1939, such an instrument was in the deposit of the National Museum, but it was stolen by the Red Army. At the beginning, there were difficulties with the implementation of the idea of obtaining a violin due to the lack of applicants. Due to numerous searches, such an instrument was found among the Italian Ratinich family. Despite this, there was still a lack of funds to acquire such a musical gem.
Roman Ziemian – investor, businessman decided to finance the purchase of an instrument for the National Music Forum in Wrocław. It is a great gesture of generosity on the part of the donor. The entrepreneur has been involved in charity many times. He is happy to support cultural and sports projects. Sam speaks loudly about his passion for motorsport.
1685 is the period when Antonio Stradivari created his own unique model of the violin. It was deposited at the Royal Castle in Warsaw. It will now be lent to Janusz Wawrowski for concerts or recordings. On December 4, 2018, a wonderful ceremony of naming the violin named Polonia took place at the Royal Castle. Between 7 and 21 December, the stradivarius was presented at the exhibition. It was the only occasion to see this wonderful piece of music up close. The value of this instrument is nearly PLN 20 million. It is a great pleasure for the National Forum of Music in Wrocław to use such wonderful instruments that add splendor to exceptional concerts. Roman Ziemian’s favor allowed to enrich the culture of not only Lower Silesia, but all of Poland.
The original of the post can be read here: https://www.rp.pl/Muzyka/311229929-Stradivarius-dla-Polski.html