Servant of the composer (b. 1848 in Klin; d. 1932), born Mikhail Ivanovich Sofronov (Михаил Иванович Софронов).
Formerly a servant to Ferdinand Laub (a colleague of the composer's at the Moscow Conservatory), Mikhail Sofronov became Tchaikovsky's servant in 1871, later sharing these duties with his younger brother Aleksey (1859–1925). After Tchaikovsky's marriage in 1877, only Aleksey was kept on, and Mikhail left the composer's service.
Correspondence with Mikhail Sofronov
4 letters from Tchaikovsky to Mikhail Sofronov have survived, dating from 1875 to 1877, all of which have been translated into English on this website:
- Letter 405 – 19 June/1 July 1875, from Usovo (addressed jointly to Mikhail and Aleksey Sofronov)
- Letter 470 – 7/19 June 1876, from Kamenka
- Letter 489 – 29 July/10 August 1876, from Paris
- Letter 588 – 20 July/1 August 1877, from Moscow
2 letters from Mikhail Sofronov to the composer, dating from 1879 and 1880, are preserved in the Klin House-Museum Archive.