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Icons of Europe asbl, Brussels is an independent non-profit association
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Icons of Europe

Core activity:  Investigative research on Icons of art, music, literature, science and governance;  and production of multimedia publications and events.

Icons of Europe was founded in 2001 and inaugurated under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.  The Group of.8 noted our great culture / 21st century theme for its policy-debate book in 2009.

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Musée du Louvre, symbol of learning from great culture.

The 21st century: "Europe's identity and future are rooted in its diversity and great culture."


Icons being researched (Click images)
Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849), subject of investigative research, publications and musical events by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Fryderyk Chopin
Jenny Lind (1820-1887), subject of investigative research, publications and musical events by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Jenny Lind
Karl XII of Sweden (1682-1718), subject of investigative research by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Charles XII of Sweden
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), subject of investigative research by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Mendelssohn
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), subject of investigative research by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Napoleon
Peter the Great of Russia (1772-1825), subject of investigative research by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Peter the Great
George Sand (1804-1876), subject of investigative research by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
George Sand
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), subject of investigative research by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Shakespeare
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), subject of investigative research by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Oscar Wilde

"Our view of facts thought to be known can change."

Prof. Dr Irena Poniatowska, Institute of Musicology, University of Warsaw,
president of the Polish Chopin Academy, and member of the Program Board of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute - commenting in Chopin in the World on Icons of Europe's first book Chopin and The Swedish Nightingale (2003).


Publications in print (Click on the images)  Back to the top
“The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it” - Oscar Wilde
"Chopin and The Swedish Nightingale" by Cecilia and Jens Jorgensen, Icons of Europe (2003). "Chopin's Dream" (2013), publication summarizing Icons of Europe's resaerch on Chopin and Jenny Lind.

"Bel Canto: Chopin Teaching the Art of Singing" (2013), publication of Icons Europe's research paper presented at a conference organized by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute.

"Fryderyk Chopin: the untold story" (2016), Icons of Europe publication based on research by Cecilia Jorgensen.


Our Chopin research unveils: Evidence in 2005 + Icon series | NIFC

- The origin of Chopin's "well known song method" (UK 1840), and his tutoring of Jenny Lind (daughter of Karl XIV Johan = Jean Bernadotte) in singing and piano in 1841-1842; 

- Several cadenze Chopin appears to have created for his pupils, and how Jenny Lind inspired his music, tried four times to marry him, and made an arrangement of Mazurka Op..24/3 set to Italian words ("Faithful love ...").

- How Jenny Lind, monarchs, artists and the UN celebrated Chopin's legacy (Lind's role later covered up).

"Kungamord: Karl XII - nya bevis" (2016), Icons of Europe publication based on research by Cecilia Jorgensen.

"Peter the Great: Ättlingar i Sverige" (2016), Icons of Europe publicatio nbased on research by Cecilia Jorgensen.

"Bonaparte: Marseilles 1793" (2016), Icons of Europe publication based on research by Cecilia Jorgensen.


 

 

     

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, which hosted Icons of Europe's musiccal drama "Chopin and The Nightingale"  in 2005.

 

 

     
 

 

     
Rewriting biographies

We are rewriting sections
of the official biographies of
the above Icons.

Books later in 2016 on:

- Charles XII of Sweden
- Fryderyk Chopin
- Napoleon Bonaparte
- Peter the Great

The well-researched new
Fryderyk Chopin book replaces
the title Le.Rêve de Chopin.

 

 

     
 

 

     
 

 

     
 

 

     
 

 

     
Recent discoveries

1. Surprising links between
    Napoleon and Chopin.
2. Chopin taught sopranos the
    Art of singing (voice coach).
3. The real reason for Charles XII
    of Sweden's interest in Norway.
4. How and why Charles XII of
    Sweden was murdered.
5. Napoleon met François Clary
    at a supper in 1793.
6. Tsar Peter's secret grandson,
    Alexander born 1723.
7. Shakespeare worked with
    a stable of bards, and he ...
8. Oscar Wilde's true story.
9.  An odd Nobel Prize in 1923.


Co-production opportunities (Click on the images)  Back to the top
Chopin, Charles XII, Shakespeare ...  Guest-speaking, feuilleton, TV.series, concert

"La Mort de Chopin", lithograph after Félix Barrias painting (1883). Icons of Europe's research overturns a myth about the scenario.
Musical drama: "Chopin and The Nightingale"
Six acts for piano, two sopranos and narrator

After the performance in Warsaw 2004, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom wrote to his government:  "It ingeniously brought together historical and musical elements from all over Europe to bring out the seamlessness of great European culture."

Jenny Lind Gala Concert "The Dream of Chopin" produced by Icons of Europe in Christ Church, Malvern, Worcestershire, UK, 13 June 2013. Copyright © 2013 Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Concert with a story for piano, soprano and narrator
"The Dream of Chopin" | Video snippets


Great moments (Click on the images)  Back to the top
Examples from events produced or co-produced by Icons of Europe
Chamber music concert produced by Icons of Europe in Brussels in 2002 to celebrate the EU enlargement. Copyright © 2002 Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Chamber music by seven composers | Video
Celebration of the EU enlargement, 2002
"Chopin and The Nightingale" (Lasne 2003), musical drama written and produced by Icons of Europe. Copyright © 2003 Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Musical drama with high-level patronage

Brussels | Warsaw | Toronto | New York
Piano recital at Hôtel Prince de Galles, Paris to celebrate Icons of Europe's discovery of the hotel today housing the space of Chopin's appartment at 74, Rue de Chaillot.
BBC / Icons of Europe film on Chopin, 2010
Concert at Hôtel PdG | 74, Rue de Chaillot
Chagall's large painting "The Concert" (1957) with Chopin symbolism discovered by Icons of Europe. Decoding of symbolism in artwork ("Aha!  ...")
Chagall seems to hint at "Rêve de Chopin
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Also celebrated by us (Click on the images)  Back
POLAND's cultural heritage
 
Detail of the Chopin monument in Lazienki Park, Warsaw.The Orpheus symbolism has been explained by Icons of Europe, Brussels. The ancient Polish coronation sword that (together with Chopin manuscripts and other priceless Polish treasures) was kept in safekeeping in Canada during World War2 (ref. research by Icons of Europe, Brussels).
- Notably on Chopin's life, music and legacy.
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BBC / Icons of Europe film on Chopin, 2010
- Also:  EU Commission | Polish treasures, WW2.
- Fryderyk Chopin Institute consulted periodically.
- Below:  Chopin experts and Polish ambassadors.
Many other Icons

Hans Christian Andersen, Bach, Beethoven, Bartók, Jean Bernadotte, Brahms, Debussy, Dvořák, Einstein | Manuel Garcia Sr, Holmboe, Kodály, Liszt, Martinu, Newton, Paderewski, Queen Victoria, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Scriabin, Thomas Tellefsen, Verdi, Pauline Viardot, Wagner ... 

Events of national significance
  Icons / country

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Bulgaria
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Czech Republic
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Denmark
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Hungary
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Ireland
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Poland
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Spain
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Sweden
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United Kingdom
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Whole of Europe


Patronage and sponsorship (Click on the logos)  Back

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Chopin and The Nightingale
Musical drama, Lasne 2003

Ambassador of Poland to Belgium
Ambassador of Sweden
Ambassador of France
Ambassador of the United Kingdom
Ambassador of Germany
Ambassador of Denmark
Ambassador of Sweden to Poland

Royal Danish Embassy
Brussels


 

Chopin and The Nightingale
Concert and Drama, Toronto 2005

Patronage by:
British High Commissioner to Canada
H.E. Mr David Reddaway CMG MBE

With the endorsement of:
Consulate General of Poland in Toronto
Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw
Embassy of Canada in Brussels
Stop TB Canada

Supported by:
Toronto Public Health
Public Health Agency of Canada
World Health Organization

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Organization of Icons of Europe

Inaugurated in 2002 under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr Walter Schwimmer.

Jens Anker Jorgensen, co-founder and president.  Formerly with McKinsey, two multinational industrials and a UN agency.
MSc, MBA Insead.

Cecilia Jorgensen, co-founder and chief of research.  A former vice-president of JP.Morgan.  Internet pioneer.  MBA Boston University.

Daniel Blumenthal,  Renowned American concert pianist, professor at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Brussels.  Honorary member and musical advisor of Icons of Europe.
Music in Lasne (piano, voice, cello)
 

Three Chinese pianists in the
Queen Elisabeth Competition 2003
Event | Music | Interview

Piano recital at Icons of Europe with three Chinese participants in the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition 2003. Copyright © 2003 Icons of Europe, Brussels.

"Chopin and The Nightingale" (Lasne 2003), musical drama written and produced by Icons of Europe. Copyright © 2003 Icons of Europe, Brussels. Recital at Icons of Europe: « DVORAK and BRAHMS: Creative friendship ». Copyright © 2004 Icons of Europe, Brussels.

Also: Beethoven, Debussy, Liszt Chopin;
Musical drama Brahms, Dvorak, Martiniu.

Consultations with NIFC =
Fryderyk Chopin Institute


- Director, FC Museum, 2003
- Prof. Poniatowska, 2003
- Publications, 2003-2004
- Experts roundtable, 2004
- New research report, 2005
- Prof. Tomaszewski, 2005

- Director of NIFC, 2006
- BBC film on Chopin, 2010
- Paris conference, 2013
- More in English | Français

Comments by patrons

- Polish Ambassador to BE
- Czech Ambassador to BE
- Swedish Ambassador to PL
- Toronto City Councillor
- British High Commission
- Mayor of Lodz, Poland
- Polish Ambassador to EU
- Testimonials by guests


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