Russian conductor, violinist and composer of German extraction (b. 2/14 April 1855 in Moscow; d. 27 April 1924 in Moscow), born Andrey Fyodorovich Arends (Андрей Федорович Арендс); also known outside Russia as Heinrich Arends.
In 1877 he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied violin with Ferdinand Laub, and composition with Tchaikovsky. In 1883 Arends became a violinist in the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra in Moscow, becoming chief conductor at the Maly Theatre in Moscow in 1892, after being selected in a competition in which Tchaikovsky was one of the judges. He conducted the first performance in Moscow of The Sleeping Beauty in 1899, and served as chief conductor of the Bolshoi Ballet Theatre in Moscow from 1900 until 1924.
Tchaikovsky's correspondence with Andrey Arends:
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