10 Facts About Nikolai Tcherepnin


Nikolai Tcherepnin was born in Saint Petersburg and studied under Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory.

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Nikolai Tcherepnin conducted for the first Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.

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Nikolai Tcherepnin was born in 1873 to a well-known and wealthy physician of the same name.

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The elder Nikolai moved in elite circles of artists including Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Modest Mussorgsky.

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Young Nikolai Tcherepnin's mother died when he was a baby, and when his father remarried, was replaced by an ambivalent stepmother.

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At his father's insistence, Nikolai Tcherepnin earned a law degree, though during this time he composed steadily.

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Two years later, Nikolai Tcherepnin conducted the ballet at the premiere performance of Diaghilev's legendary Ballets Russes.

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Nikolai Tcherepnin conducted for the entire first season and returned to conduct multiple times over the next five years.

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Nikolai Tcherepnin conducted performances with the Ballets Russes in Berlin, Monte Carlo, Paris, Rome, and the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in London.

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Nikolai Tcherepnin was the father of the composer and pianist Alexander Tcherepnin.

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