Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894), considered
the first important Russian professional pianist, made his debut in 1839. He
continued to study and perform throughout his early years, spending some time in
Paris. It was there that he met and performed before Chopin and Liszt. Continued
touring took him throughout Europe, including Berlin, where he settled in 1843.
After shuttling between Berlin and Vienna to continue his studies, he returned
to Russia in 1848 and further solidified his position as both a composer and
performer. He toured further before founding the St. Petersburg Conservatory in
1862. By 1867, he resumed his touring career which took him to the United States
(1872-73) and back to Europe for a farewell tour in 1885-1886. Rubinstein was
known for composing prolifically in a variety of genres and for instructing
several important pianists.
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