Alexander Siloti

Alexander Ilyich Siloti;Aleksandr Ilyich Ziloti

1863 (nr. Kharkov, Ukraine) – 1945 (New York)

Liszt taught Siloti (one of those he taught for no payment, after taking holy orders), and nicknamed him ‘Silotissimus’ for his supreme pianistic skills. Siloti also studied with Tchaikovsky (and Rubinstein), and acted as Tchaikovsky’s editor. He himself taught his cousin Rachmaninoff, and was brother-in-law to Bakst. As a pianist, he accompanied Casals, while Schoenberg and Rimsky-Korsakov were guest-conductors in concerts he organised. Busoni found him more welcoming than others in Moscow musical society. Stravinsky, Glazunov, Liszt and Tchaikovsky all dedicated new pieces to him.