Nikolai Medtner

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Date of Birth January 5, 1880
Place of Birth Russia
Date of Death Nov 13, 1951 (71)
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Nikolai Medtner

Nikolai Karlovich Medtner was a Russian composer and pianist. After a period of comparative obscurity in the twenty-five years immediately after his death, he is now becoming recognized as one of the most significant Russian composers for the piano. A younger contemporary of Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alexander Scriabin, he wrote a substantial number of compositions, all of which include the piano. His works include fourteen piano sonatas, three violin sonatas, three piano concerti, a piano quintet, two works for two pianos, many shorter piano pieces, a few shorter works for violin and piano, and 108 songs including two substantial works for vocalise. His 38 Skazki for piano solo contain some of his most original music.

About Nikolai Medtner

Prolific musician. He wrote 14 piano sonatas, three violin sonatas, three piano concerti, 108 songs, and the popular 38 "Skazki" solos.

Before Fame

He won the Anton Rubinstein prize while attending the Moscow Conservatory, from which he graduated in 1900 when he was 20.


His income took a hit at the start of World War II, as did his health. He was taken in by pupil Edna Iles, who gave him a refuge in which to finish his Third Piano Sonata.

Family Life

He was born the youngest of five children and first received piano lessons from his mother. His cousin was Russian composer and pianist Alexander Goedicke.


He found an advocate in the older Sergei Rachmaninoff who brought him to the United States and Canada in 1924. The composer often featured only his young friend's work at Rachmaninoff recitals.

Information related to Nikolai Medtner

  • White Russian emigrants to the United Kingdom
  • Converts to Eastern Orthodoxy from Lutheranism
  • Pupils of Sergei Taneyev
  • Pupils of Pavel Pabst
  • Imperial Russian emigrants to the United Kingdom
  • Russian male classical composers
  • Russian classical composers
  • Composers for piano
  • Russian classical pianists
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