Yuliya Shpazhinskaya

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Yuliya Shpazhinskaya (1850?-1919), left
with her children and her mother

Russian pianist (b. ca.1850; d. 1919 in Sevastopol), born Yuliya Petrovna Porokhontseva (Юлия Петровна Порохонцева); known after her marriage as Yuliya Petrovna Shpazhinskaya (Юлия Петровна Шпажинская).

A student of the Polish pianist Teodor Leszetycki (1830–1915), Yuliya married the dramatist Ippolit Shpazhinsky (1848–1917). Tchaikovsky became friendly with her while collaborating with her husband on the libretto for the opera The Enchantress in 1885. Tchaikovsky attempted to encourage Yuliya's own literary ambitions, and their correspondence lasted several years until the composer's death.

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

83 letters from Tchaikovsky to Yuliya Shpazhinskaya have survived, dating from 1885 to 1891, of which those highlighted in bold are now available in English translations on this site:

82 letters from Yuliya Shpazhinskaya to the composer, dating from 1885 to 1891, are preserved in the Klin House-Museum Archive.