Warsaw: Morsztyn Palace

Warsaw: Morsztyn Palace Warsaw: Morsztyn Palace

On 19 December 1829 Chopin gave a concert in the old seat of the Merchants' Club in Morsztyn Palace, at what is now 10 ul. Miodowa. An account of this performance appeared in the press the following day: 'The members of the Merchants' Club [...] spent yesterday's musical soiree at the Club most pleasantly. It began with a concerto played by Mr Bielawski with orchestral accompaniment; he was followed by Mr Copello singing to the accompaniment of Mr Chopin. The singing of Mr Dorville, an artist of the French theatre, was accompanied by Mr Soliva, then the listeners were entertained by Mr Bielawski, playing solo, and fantasies by Mr Chopin with various well known melodies rounded off the evening.' [1]

The building dates back to the end of the seventeenth century, since when it has been rebuilt many times. In the 1820s it was the property of the Association of Warsaw Merchants. In 1829 there was a schism in the association and the so-called Merchants' Club transferred its headquarters to ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście.

Today Morsztyn Palace is the seat of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

[1] Kurier Polski, 20 December 1829.