Anton Door

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Anton Door (1833-1919)

Austrian pianist (b. 20 June 1833 [N.S.] in Vienna; d. 7 November 1919 in Vienna); known in Russia as Anton Andreyevich Door (Антон Андреевич Доор).

Door was a student of Karl Czerny and began his concert career in 1850, touring Italy and Germany. In Stockholm he was appointed pianist to the Swedish royal court, before becoming professor of piano studies at the Moscow Conservatory from 1866 to 1869, where he taught alongside Tchaikovsky. In 1869, he returned to his homeland as a professor at the Vienna Conservatory, where he remained until 1901.


In 1868, Tchaikovsky dedicated his piano piece Valse-Caprice, Op. 4, "à Monsieur Antoine Door".

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

5 letters from Tchaikovsky to Anton Door have survived, dating from 1876 to 1892, all of which have been translated into English on this website:

2 letters from Door to the composer, dating from 1877 and 1892, are preserved in the Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve at Klin (a4, Nos. 978–979).


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