Nikolay Khristoforov

Tchaikovsky Research

Russian cellist and civil servant (b. 1836; d. 1891), born as Nikolay Osipovich Khristoforov (Николай Осипович Христофоров).

Khristoforov was a cellist in the Imperial Opera Orchestras in Saint Petersburg from 1856 until 1860, rising to become director of the central music library of the Imperial Theatres from 1877.

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

8 letters from Tchaikovsky to Nikolay Khristoforov have survived, dating from 1887 to 1890, all of which have been translated into English on this website:

3 letters from Khristoforov to the composer, dating from 1889 to 1890, are preserved in the Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve at Klin (a4, Nos. 4568–4570).