(b Býšt, Bohemia, 1839; d Petrograd, 1916). Bohemian composer and conductor. Went to St Petersburg 1861 to conduct prince's orch., succeeding Lyadov as cond. of Imperial Russ. Opera 1869–1916. Raised standards and cond. over 4,000 opera perfs., incl. f.ps. of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, Rimsky-Korsakov's The Maid of Pskov, and of 3 operas by Tchaikovsky. Cond. sym. concerts 1870–82. Wrote 4 operas, incl. Francesca da Rimini (1902), 4 syms., pf. conc., 3 str. qts., songs, etc.
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.