Suk studied violin and counterpoint at the Prague Conservatory, and took private lessons in composition from Zdeněk Fibich (1850–1900). In 1880 he was engaged as the leader of an opera orchestra in Kiev, and from 1882 to 1887 served as a violinist in the orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. His conducting career began in 1885, and after touring widely in Russia and western europe he became a conductor at the Bolshoi from 1906 (chief conductor from 1928 to 1933), and at the Stanislavsky Opera Theatre in Moscow from 1927.
Tchaikovsky's correspondence with Váša Suk:
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