Vladimir Viacheslavovich Pukhalskii

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Pukhal’skii, Vladimir Viacheslavovich


Born Mar. 21 (Apr. 2), 1848, in Minsk; died Feb. 23, 1933, in Kiev. Soviet pianist, teacher, and composer. Honored Professor of the Ukrainian SSR (1928).

Pukhal’skii graduated in 1874 from the St. Petersburg Conservatory, where he studied with T. Leszetycki (piano) and with Iu. Iogansen and N. I. Zaremba (composition theory). From 1874 to 1876 he was on the faculty of the conservatory. He taught at the Kiev Music School from 1876, serving as its director from 1877 to 1913. In 1913, Pukhal’skii became a professor at the Kiev Conservatory and its first director (1913–14). Among his pupils were A. Brailowsky, V. S. Horowitz, G. M. Kogan, and L. V. Nikolaev.

Pukhal’skii played an important role in the development of musical culture in Kiev. From 1877 to 1888 he was a member of the board of the Kiev branch of the Russian Music Society, acting as director of the music section. Pukhal’skii performed extensively in concerts. Among his works are the opera Valeriia (presented 1923), the Ukrainian Fantasy for orchestra, a piano concerto, piano pieces, and art songs.


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