Personalities | Anton Stepanovich Arensky | Late Romantic | Classical

(An’-ton Stya-pa-no’-vech A-ren’-shke) 1861–1906
Russian composer and pianist

Arensky studied with Rimsky-Korsakov at the St Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, but was also heavily influenced by Tchaikovsky whom he met, along with Taneyev, while he was working as professor at the Moscow Conservatory. Among his pupils were Rachmaninov, Glière and Alexander Scriabin. During a virtuoso career he held the coveted positions of Director of the Russian Choral Society (1888–95), council member of the School of Church Music (1889–93) and successor to Balakirev as Director of the Imperial Chapel in St Petersburg (1894–1901). Best known are his Piano Trio in D minor, with its Tchaikovskian slow movement, and the Chopinesque Piano Concerto No. 1, with a ‘Russian’ finale. He also wrote three operas, symphonies, piano pieces and songs.

Recommended Recording:
Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Yuval Trio (Centaur)

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