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Icons of Europe asbl, Brussels is an independent culture-organization (NGO)
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Icons of Europe

Investigative research, publications, events, advice.  Purpose: Align legacy or symbolism of Icons of art, music, literature, science, governance in support of objectives of key institutions (re. identity, diplomacy, trade, fdi, tourism, health, post-truth).

Icons of Europe was founded in 2001 and inaugurated under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.  We joined a World Health Organization partnership in 2003.  A policy book for the Group of 8 noted our Icons concept in 2009.

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Photo:  Musée du Louvre, symbol of learning from great culture and legendary.Icons.

 Europe's identity and future are rooted in the diversity of its great culture.
This cultural heritage is a source of knowledge and inspiration for innovation in the 21st century.


« KARL XII: Kungamord »  New book nearing completion
Charles XII of Sweden (1682-1718):  the mystery of his death now resolved by Icons of Europe. Unknown artist. "KARL XII: Kungamord" (2016), Icons of Europe's new book based on research by Cecilia Nordenkull.

Charles XII in the painting "Den 30 november 1718" by Gustaf Cederström. In the book "Karl XII: Kungamord!" by Cecilia Nordenkull, Icons of Europe (2016). The symbolism is telling!

 Charles XII of Sweden
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Den 30 november 1718".
Gustaf Cederström (1897).

Charles XII of Sweden
Karl XII: ny forskning

The investigative research for
this new book (in Swedish)
resolves the 300-year old
mystery on the death of
Charles XII of Sweden.


"It's a rich source of content
for multimedia applications."

The author of the book


Icons newly researched (Click images)
Charles XII of Sweden (1682-1718):  the mystery of his death now resolved by Icons of Europe.
Charles XII of Sweden
Peter the Great of Russia (1772-1825), subject of investigative research by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Peter the Great
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), subject of investigative research by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Napoleon
Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849), subject of investigative research, publications and musical events by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Fryderyk Chopin
Shakespeare

Our letter in 2011 in
The New York Times

« An open-minded debate of Shakespeare’s identity could lead to important benefits ... “The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.” »

Jenny Lind (1820-1887), subject of investigative research, publications and musical events by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Jenny Lind
George Sand (1804-1876), subject of investigative research by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
George Sand
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), subject of investigative research by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Oscar Wilde
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), subject of investigative research by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Mendelssohn
William Shakespeare (1564-1616): authorship and parentage being investigated by Icons of Europe, Brussels.
Shakespeare

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).

"KARL XII: Kungamord" (2016), Icons of Europe's new book based on research by Cecilia Nordenkull.

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

"Bonaparte: Marseille 1793" (2017), Icons of Europe publication based on research by Cecilia Jorgensen.


 

 

     

Grapeshot cannon: image from the book "Karl XII: Kungamord!" by Cecilia Nordenkull, Icons of Europe, Brussels 2016.

 

 

     
Rewriting biographies

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

Books set for 2017-2018

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

* Replaces Le.Rêve.de.Chopin.

Recent discoveries

1. Surprising links between
    Napoleon and Chopin.
2. Chopin taught sopranos the
    Art of singing (voice coach).
3. How and why Charles XII of
    Sweden was murdered in 1718.
4. Napoleon met François Clary
    at a supper in 1793.
5. Tsar Peter's grandson
    Alexander born secretly 1723.
6. Shakespeare worked with
    a stable of bards. His parents ...
7. Oscar Wilde's true story.
8.  An odd Nobel Prize in 1923.

"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).


Co-production opportunities (Click on the images)  Back to the top
Our investigative research of Icons is a rich source of content for multimedia applications

"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
Astoria Brussels, Swedish Embassy Warsaw, Royal Ontario Museum, Private home, Hôtel Prince de Galles Paris, Christ Church (Malvern, UK), New York Opera Museum, BBC ...
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.
- World's largest Twitter on @ChopinFryderyk
- Also:  EU Commission | Polish treasures, WW2.
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Symbolism in artworks celebrating Chopin.
- Fryderyk Chopin Institute consulted periodically.
- Below:  Chopin experts and Polish ambassadors.
Legendary Icons

Andersen, Bach, Bartók, Beethoven Jean Bernadotte, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Dvořák, Einstein, Manuel Garcia Sr, Holmboe, Karl XII, Kodály, Jenny Lind, Liszt, Martinu, Mendelssohn, Newton, Paderewski, Tsar Peter, Rachmaninov, Ravel, George Sand, Scriabin, Shakespeare, Thomas Tellefsen, Verdi, Pauline Viardot, Queen Victoria, Wagner, Oscar Wilde ... 

Events of national significance
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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

Programme

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Research policy
To prefer
original period
information, cross-
checked in context
and timeline, rather than
rely on later biographies.
About "historical truth".

Experts say:  EN | FR

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Internet support by us
Galerie Beaumont
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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 and other multinationals.  MSc, MBA Insead, five languages.  European Shakespeare RA member.

Cecilia Nordenkull-Jorgensen, co-founder and chief of research.  A former vice-president of JP.Morgan.  Internet pioneer.  MBA Boston Uni.
Member of Karolinska förbundet.

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


Patron of the arts
The founders of
Icons of Europe have
provided financial support to the renovation of the
Royal Conservatory
of Brussels.
The main concert hall of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. WHO's Stop TB Partnership
As a Stop-TB partner, we have provided
advocacy
on the tuberculosis fight since 2003 through musical events and artistic publications as well as financial support. Chopin and many other Icons died of TB.  This infectious disease has re-emerged as a global killer in the 21st century (aggravated by multidrugs resistance).
Edvard Munch: "The Sick Child I", lithograph, 1896.


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