Pavel Peterssen

Tchaikovsky Research
Pavel Peterssen (1831–1895)

Russian pianist (b. 6/18 June 1831 in Saint Petersburg; d. 16/28 March 1895 in Saint Petersburg), born Pavel Leontyevich Peterssen (Павел Леонтьевич Петерссен); also known outside Russia as Paul Petersen.

A pupil of Adolf Henselt (1814–1889), Peterssen taught piano classes at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory from 1862 to 1868. During the early 1890s he was also programming director of the Saint Petersburg branch of the Russian Musical Society, in which capacity he corresponded with Tchaikovsky regarding concert arrangements.

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

17 letters from Tchaikovsky to Pavel Peterssen have survived, dating from 1886 to 1893, of which those highlighted in bold have been translated into English on this website:

14 letters from Peterssen to Tchaikovsky, dating from 1891 to 1893, are preserved in the Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve at Klin (a4, Nos. 3333–3346).


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