Vassily L'vovich Sapelnikov|
(October 21, 1867 - March 17, 1941) Russia
A good transliteration of his name is Vasily Leonidovich Sapelnikov, however when he concertised in England he chose Wassily Lwowitsch Sapellnikoff.
He was born in Odessa. He studied at the Odessa Conservatory under Louis Brassin and Sophie Menter, and became professor of piano at Moscow Conservatory in 1897. He eventually moved to Leipzig and finally settled in Munich.
Vassily Sapelnikov was one of the young lovers of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and went with him on a tour to Germany, France and England. At his debut in Hamburg in 1889, he played Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor with the composer conducting. This concert was a great success and a catalyst for his budding career as a concert pianist in Western Europe. He was the first to play this concerto in England.
In spring 1910 Sapellnikoff recorded 12 pieces for the reproducing piano Welte-Mignon, six from his own works.
He died in San Remo, Italy.
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