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ALEXANDRE SILOTI - PIANIST

Autographed postcard photograph in Cyrillic of the great pianist and conductor.

 

Siloti (1863-1945) studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with Nikolai Rubinstein and Piotr Tchaikovsky.  He then went on to Weimar where he studied with Franz Liszt, one of his last pupils and one of his favorites.  His time with Liszt was memorialized in two ways, one in a series of Louis Held photographs, the other in his book “My Memories of Liszt” which touches on Liszt’s teaching methods, playing and their friendship.

 

While Siloti is remembered mostly as a pianist.  He taught for many years at first, the Moscow Conservatory where Alexandre Goldenweisser was a pupil, then Juillard after he moved to New York in 1921 where he taught among others, Eugene Istomin and Marc Blitzstein.  He is best remembered musically for his pre-Revolution concerts in St. Petersburg which saw the World Premiere of Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto with Siloti conducting Rachaninov.  Interestingly Siloti who was a cousin of Rachmaninov, at the time was considered a far more important pianist than the composer.   Many other composer including Rimsky, Scriabin and Stravinsky premiered their works at those concerts.  Conductor Felix Weingartner and vioilinist Carl Flesch made their Russian debuts at Concerts Siloti.

 

A very important 19th and 20th Century composer.