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Helene de Mrosovsky autographed and inscribed late 4” x 6” cabinet photograph to pianist Myron Jaconson of the legendary Russian pianist and conductor, 1902. “To Jacobson for a memory, November 16, 1902.

Safanov (1852-1918) was born in the Russian Caucus Mountains; his Father was a Cossack General.  He initially studied piano with Theodor Leschetiszky in St. Petersburg and then went on to the St. Petersburg Conservatory where he studied with the Belgian pianist and Moscheles pupil Louis Brassin, as well as Sieke and Zaremba for theory and composition.  He won the Conservatories' Gold Medal in 1880 and begun his concert career the same year playing in Austria, Germany and Hungary.  He also accompanied cellist Carl Davidov on tour that year as well.  In 1881 he joined the faculty of the St. Petersburg Conservatory where he taught piano until 1885 when Tchaikovsky recruited him to the Moscow Conservatory where he taught from 1885 to 1905.  He was made Director in 1889 where he served until his "retirement" in 1905.  During this period he taught a remarkable list of pianists including: Alexander Goedike, Josef and Rosina Lhevinne, Nikolai Medtner, Leonid Nikolaev, Matvei Pressman and Alexander Scriabin. 


In 1889 Safanov founded a series of popular, low priced concerts where he wss the conductor.  He was so successful that in 1890 he was made Director of the Moscow branch of the Russian Music Society. He led their orchestra in December, 1893 with the first Moscow performance of Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony. (7 weeks after Tchaikovsky's death.)  In 1895 he founded the Academic Symphony Orchestra in the North Caucus State which bears his name today.   In 1904 he was hired as a guest conductor by the New York Philharmonic, invited back the following year for more concerts and in 1906 he was appointed Music Director of the Philharmonic where he served until 1909.  (His reputation increased in early 1906 after a series of concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic which sealed the New York Philharmonic Society offer.  While in New York City he was also Director of the National Conservatory of Music. When he stepped down from the Philharmonic post he was succeeded by Gustav Mahler.  After leaving New York in 1909, he was invited back to Great Britain where he led the majority of the concerts at the Newcastle Upon Tyne Music Festival.  From 1909 to 1912 he resumed the Directorship of the Russian Music Society in Moscow, leading their concerts.  He also often played with chamber ensembles.  His book "A New Formula" in piano technique was published in 1916.


Safanov was a world beater as a Russian conductor.  He was praised not only for his interpretation of Russian works, but also the works of the German Romantics and the 19th Century French composers.  He was one of the first Russian conductors to conduct virtually all of the major European symphony orchestras.  Safanov also was the first conductor to conduct exclusively with his hands, paving the way for later conductors like Leopold Stokowski and Kurt Masur.