Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: a profile


Tchaikovsky was born in a provincial town where his father was a mining engineer.

Born 1840 / Died 1893

However, after moving to St Petersburg when he was 8 and attending boarding school for 9 years he gained employment at the Ministry of Justice.


Yet when he was 22 he left his job at the ministry and entered the City Music Conservatory and later became a professor of harmony.


Now probably more well known for his ballets and orchestral works such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and his many symphonies, we should never overlook this great composer’s operas Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades.

Tchaikovsky and Opera on Location

Eugene Onegin (August 2015) | City Hall Ballroom, Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield – see more