Anna Avramova

Tchaikovsky Research

Russian pianist (b. 1848; d. 1918), born Anna Konstantinovna Avramova (Анна Константиновна Аврамова).

She entered the Moscow Conservatory in its foundation year (1866), studying piano with Eduard Langer and Nikolay Rubinstein, music theory with Nikolay Kashkin and Tchaikovsky, and musical history and form with Herman Laroche. After her graduation in 1872 she joined the conservatory's staff as a piano tutor for new students, subsequently becoming a senior lecturer specialising in piano, and teaching basic music theory.

In 1896, she succeeded Nikolay Kashkin as secretary of the conservatory's arts council, and she continued working at the conservatory until 1910.

In 1874, she made an arrangement for piano of Tchaikovsky's String Quartet No. 2, and later at the composer's request she corrected the proofs of his operas The Maid of Orleans and Yevgeny Onegin in 1879 and 1880 respectively.

Dedications

In 1873, Tchaikovsky dedicated his piano piece Feuillet d'album (No. 3 of the Six Pieces, Op. 19) to Anna Avramova.

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

One letter from Tchaikovsky to Anna Avramova has survived, dating from 1882, and has been translated into English on this website: