Born in 1882 in the Ukraine in a community of Polish émigrés following the partition of Poland, Karol Szymanoski's early musical education took place at home. Later he attended a nearby music school run by relatives. In 1901, he moved to Warsaw, just in time to join an important musical movement, the Warsaw PO, which led him to a group of four musicians called Young Poland in Music. This group of artists remained together only a short time, but backed and performed Szymanoski's early pieces, including 1906's Concert Overture, and 1909-10's Second Symphony and Second Piano Sonata. These early concerts were a resounding success.