Ilya Musin


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(b Kostzomo, 1902; d London, 1999). Russ. conductor and teacher. Son of Jewish watchmaker. Studied Petrograd (later Leningrad, now St Petersburg) Cons. from 1919 (entering on the same day as Shostakovich). Gifted pianist. Studied cond. from 1924 with Nikolay Malko. Taught at Leningrad Cons. from 1929. Cond. Minsk PO from 1937. After the war, refused to join the Creative Union of Musicians and Composers, and thus unable to obtain top cond. posts. Strict but beloved teacher, governed by 19th-cent. Russ. mus. principles. Most major conds. of the 20th and 21st cents. studied with Musin, incl. Gergiev, Bychkov, Sian Edwards, Caetani, Temirkanov, and Kreizberg. First travelled outside Russ. in 1991. Cond. RPO in London 1996.

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.

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