Kontski, Apollinaire de


Polish violin virtuoso, brother of Antoine, said to have been the favorite pupil of Paganini. He studied first with his brother Charles, and, when only four years old, played Rode's concerto in public. He made many very brilliant concert tours in France, Germany and Russia, and at one of his concerts at Paris is said to have won the approval and friendship of Paganini. In 1853 he was made solo virtuoso to the Czar of Russia, and in 1861 he started the Warsaw Conservatory, of which he was director until he died. His compositions are few and of no value.