Anton Rubinstein, the author of the opera Demon # Anton Grigorevich Rubinstein (1829 – November 20 [O.S. November 8] 1894) was a Russian pianist, composer and conductor who became a pivotal figure in Russian culture when he founded the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. He was the elder brother of Nikolai Rubinstein who founded the Moscow Conservatory.
No one has had a greater influence on acting as we know it than Stanislavski. His 'method' - or interpretations of it - has become the central force determining almost every performance we see on stage or screen. In My Life in Art Stanislavski recalls his theatrical career, from his early experiences in Rubinstein's Russian Musical Society to his final triumphs with Chekhov at the Moscow Art Theatre. His vivid accounts of his own most famous productions including 'The Seagul' and…
Josef Lhévinne (1874-1944) was a Russian pianist and piano teacher. He wrote a short book in 1924 that is considered a classic: Basic Principles in Pianoforte Playing. He was born into a family of musicians and studied at the Imperial Conservatory in Moscow. His public debut came at the age of 14 with Beethoven's Emperor Concerto conducted by his musical hero Anton Rubinstein. He graduated at the top of a class with both Rachmaninoff and Scriabin, winning the Gold Medal for piano in 1892.
In 1880, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour neared completion; the 25th anniversary of the coronation of Alexander II in 1881 was imminent; and the 1882 Moscow Arts and Industry Exhibition being planned. Nikolai Rubinstein suggested a grand commemorative piece for association with these related festivities. Tchaikovsky began the project in October 1880, finishing it within six weeks. He wrote to Nadezhda von Meck that the resulting work, the 1812 Overture, would be "very loud and noisy."