Russian conductor, choirmaster and violinist (b. 15/27 May 1846 in Yekaterinoslav [now Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine]; d. 17 February 1919 in Moscow), born Ippolit Karlovich Altani (Ипполит Карлович Альтани).
A contemporary of Tchaikovsky at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, he was taught by Henryk Wienawski, Nikolay Zaremba and Anton Rubinstein, graduating in 1866. He then secured a position as choirmaster and conductor at the Russian Opera in Kiev (1867–1881), before becoming principal conductor at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow (1882–1906).
Altani premiered many of Tchaikovsky's works, including The Year 1812 (1882) and Elegy for String Orchestra (1884), and conducted the first performances at the Bolshoi Theatre of the operas Mazepa (1884), The Enchantress (1890), The Queen of Spades (1891) and Iolanta (1893). Altani also assisted Tchaikovsky with preparations to conduct Cherevichki at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1887.
Tchaikovsky's correspondence with Ippolit Altani:
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