After graduating from Kiev University with a law degree in 1876, Vinogradsky travelled to Saint Petersburg to study composition under Nikolay Solovyev, as well as taking private lessons from Mily Balakirev. From 1884 to 1886 he was the director of a music school in Saratov, where he also conducted symphonic concerts for the Russian Musical Society (RMS). In 1888, he was appointed chairman of the Kiev branch of the RMS, in which capacity he welcomed Tchaikovsky during his conducting tour in January 1892, and Vinogradsky also conducted the Kiev premieres of many of the composer's orchestral works. He later toured widely within Russia and western Europe, achieving widespread acclaim.
Correspondence with Tchaikovsky
One letter from Tchaikovsky to Aleksandr Vinogradsky has survived, dating from 1892, and has been translated into English on this website:
3 letters from Vinogradsky to the composer, dating from 1891, are preserved in the Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve at Klin (a4, Nos. 418–420).