After graduating from polytechnical school in Karlsruhe in 1864, Tenishev became a successful businessman in the fields of railways, industry and banking. From 1883 to 1887 he was a director of the Saint Petersburg branch of the Russian Musical Society, and he was extremely active in musical and artistic circles. In 1898 he founded a college in Saint Petersburg which still bears his name.
Correspondence with Tchaikovsky
One letter from Tchaikovsky to Vyacheslav Tenishev has survived, dating from 1892, which has been translated into English on this website:
One letter from Tenishev to the composer, dating from 1892, is preserved in the Klin House-Museum Archive.