I have visited your site, about Tchaikovsky, with great interest, and I
was particularly surprised that Piotr Ilits has traveled to Trabzon!
My great-grandparents lived in Trabzon and they were Romans (Greeks as
everyone calls us today) of great education. They came, with their
children (one of them was my grandfather Kyriakos) as refugees, in 1922,
to the mainland of the free Greek State.
I am wondering: when can I find more information about Tchaikovsky's
visit to Trabzon, his concert there and his proscenematic visit to the
Monastery of our Virgin Mary, Soumela. Our Ecumenical Patriarch (Patriarch
of the Romans/ New Rome, Constantinople) was given the permission from the
Turkish authorities to visit the Monastery, after many years:
With Best Regards,
Tchaikovsky visited Trabzom in May of 1886 as part of his trip back
from the Caucasus where he stayed a month in Tiflis visiting with
relatives and friends....he stayed in Trabzom two days. In the
Tchaikovsky-Research page there is no mention of a concert being given
there..he mentions of visiting a Greek hill top monastery while there...
I was able to garner a bit more information on this city of
Trebizond/Trabzom....from Poznansky..."Tchaikovsky ....found the people
"very attractive...I don't know about the women, but the men and
especially the boys are most beautiful.".....From David Brown....''The
steamer "L 'Aremenie" called at Trebizond ("very picturesque, very
interesting - especially the bazaar. on horseback to the
monastery.......only two Greek monks. Amazing view.')
Well that just about sums up Tchaikovsky's visit to that city...