Lidiya Genke

Cousin of the composer (b. 1838; d. 1901), born Lidiya Petrovna Chaykovskaya (Лидия Петровна Чайковская); known after her marriage as Lidiya Petrovna Genke (Лидия Петровна Генке).

Lidiya was the fifth child of the composer's uncle Pyotr Petrovich Tchaikovsky (1789–1871) and his wife Yevdokia (b. Berens). She married Emil Yakovlevich Genke (1828–1888), a mining engineer, and the couple had six children: Pyotr (1862–1908); Sergey (1866–1905); Vera (1871–1960); Vladimir (1875–1916); Anna (1879–1965); and Ivan (1880–1961).

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

9 letters from Tchaikovsky to Lidiya Genke have survived, dating from 1876 to 1891, all of which have been translated into English on this website:

5 letters from Lidiya Genke to the composer, dating from 1888 and 1889, are preserved in the Klin House-Museum Archive.