Anton Rubinstein

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Date of Birth November 28, 1829
Place of Birth Russia
Date of Death Nov 20, 1894 (64)
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Anton Rubinstein

Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein was a Russian pianist, composer and conductor who became a pivotal figure in Russian culture when he founded the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. He was the elder brother of Nikolai Rubinstein who founded the Moscow Conservatory. As a pianist, Rubinstein ranks among the great 19th-century keyboard virtuosos. He became most famous for his series of historical recitals—seven enormous, consecutive concerts covering the history of piano music. Rubinstein played this series throughout Russia and Eastern Europe and in the United States when he toured there. Although best remembered as a pianist and educator, Rubinstein was also a prolific composer throughout much of his life. He wrote 20 operas, the best known of which is The Demon. He composed many other works, including five piano concertos, six symphonies and many solo piano works along with a substantial output of works for chamber ensemble.

Born: Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein, 28 November [O.S. 16 November]1829, Vikhvatinets, Baltsky Uyezd, Podolia Governorate, Russian Empire
Died: 20 November [O.S. 8 November]1894, Petergof, Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
Nationality: Russian
Occupation: Pianist, composer and conductor
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About Anton Rubinstein

Founder of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory and transitional figure in the life of Russian art and culture.

Before Fame

He was denied enrollment at the Paris Conservatoire.

Achievement

He thrived on piano history and once held a series of seven consecutive concerts that covered the history of piano music.

Family Life

His younger brother, Nikolai Rubinstein, was the founder of the Moscow Conservatory.

Associations

He was Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's composition teacher.

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  • Russian opera composers
  • Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medallists
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