Yulian Poplavsky

Tchaikovsky Research
Yulian Poplavsky (1871-1958)
Photograph inscribed to Tchaikovsky

Russian cellist and writer (b. 21 June/3 July 1871 in Moscow; d. 1 February 1958 in Kremlin-Bicêtre, near Paris), born Yulian Ignatyevich Poplavsky (Юлиан Игнатьевич Поплавский).

In the early 1890s, Poplavsky studied the cello at the Moscow Conservatory under Alfred von Glenn. He was a guest at the composer's home shortly before his death in October 1893, and subsequently wrote an account of "Tchaikovsky's Last Days at Klin".

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

2 letters from Tchaikovsky to Yulian Poplavsky have survived, dating from 1893, both of which have been translated into English on this website:

3 letters from Poplavsky to the composer, dating from 1893, are preserved in the Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve at Klin (a4, Nos. 3650–3652).