TRIVIA: Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and beyond!

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To celebrate Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra joining us at Symphony Hall this week, we've rounded up our favourite facts about the orchestra and the man himself for you!

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Conductor Denis Lotoev was born in 1974 - the same year that Maestro Vladimir Fedoseyev initially staretd working with the TSO! He started to learn conducting from professors Givi Azmaiparashvili and Vladislav Chernushanko when he was still a student of a musical school in a violin class.

Sleeping Beauty Cast


Tchaikovsky's ballet Sleeping Beauty has unwittingly become the subject of a much contested and still ongoing trademark issue. The Walt Disney Company are still awaiting a verdict on their patent application for the name 'Princess Aurora' - the lead character in their 1959 film and also the name of the protagonist in Tchaikovsky's work...



Music director of the Orchestra Vladimir Fedoseyev is not only a recipient of the Glinka State Prize of the RSFSR, the Order "For Labor Valor", and distinction as a 'Dweller of the siege of Leningrad' but he also can boast that the asteroid 7741 Fedoseev was named in his honor.


According to musicologist Leonid Sabaneyev, Tchaikovsky was notoriously uncomfortable with being recorded and tried wherever possible to avoid it making this recording of his voice rare! it was made in Moscow around 1890, by Julius Block on behalf of one Thomas Edison.

Pavel Koleskinov


Since becoming Prize Laureate of the Honens Prize for Piano in 2012, London-based Pavel Kolesnikov has been winning hearts around the world. He was born in Siberia into a family of scientists and actually spend the first ten years of his musical studies focused on both the Violin and Piano. hear more from Pavel in a BBC interview by clicking here.