Russian pianist and composer (b. 6/18 December 1870 in Moscow; d. 6 January 1921 in Kharkov), born Arseny Nikolayevich Koreshchenko (Арсений Николаевич Корещенко).
A prodigious child, Koreshchenko was playing the piano at the age of three, and within another year had taken up composition. He became a student at the Moscow Conservatory in 1884, where he studied piano under Sergey Taneyev and composition under Anton Arensky. He graduated from the conservatory in 1891, and spent three years there as a teacher. While teaching at the Synod School and the Moscow Philharmonic Society's school of music and drama, he continued to perform as a conductor, solo pianist and accompanist, while writing copious review articles for the Moscow Register (Московские ведомости) newspaper.
Although he did much to champion the folk music of the Caucasus, in 1919 he settled at Kharkov in the Ukraine, where the following year he became rector of the city's music academy.
Correspondence with Tchaikovsky
2 letters from Tchaikovsky to Arseny Koreshchenko have survived, dating from 1892, both of which have been translated into English on this website:
- Letter 4632 – 1/13 March 1892, from Saint Petersburg
- Letter 4684 – 7/19 May 1892, from Klin
4 letters from Koreshchenko to Tchaikovsky, dating from 1892 and 1893, are preserved in the Klin House-Museum Archive.
- [Письма П. И. Чайковского] (1951)
- Неутомимый труженик и энтузиаст. Два документа к биографий (1972)
- П. И. Чайковский. Письмо А. И. Корещенко (1972)