NIKOLAI TCHEREPNIN (1873 - 1945)
A pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov in St Petersburg, Nikolay Tcherepnin won an early reputation in Russia as a pianist, conductor and composer. He settled in Paris in 1921 but was able to continue the Russian tradition of composition in which he had been trained.
In 1909 Tcherepnin was invited by Diaghilev to conduct the Ballets Russes season in Paris, where his own evocative Le Pavillon d’Armide was successfully staged. He wrote several other ballet scores, including a work based on Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death and two operas based on Russian sources.