Anna Yesipova

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Anna Yesipova
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Anna Yesipova playing for Welte-Mignon February 7, 1906.
Background information
Born (1851-02-12)February 12, 1851
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died August 18, 1914(1914-08-18) (aged 63)
Saint Petersburg
Occupations Musician, professor
Instruments Piano
Years active 1871–1914

Anna Yesipova (born Anna Nikolayevna Yesipova [Russian: Анна Николаевна Есипова] in Saint Petersburg, 12 February [O.S. 31 January] 1851 — died 18 August [O.S. 5 August] 1914, Saint Petersburg) was a prominent Russian pianist. Her name is cited variously as Anna Esipova; Anna or Annette Essipova; Anna, Annette or Annetta Essipoff; Annette von Essipow; Anna Jessipowa.

Life[edit]

Yesipova's grave in the cemetery of Alexander Nevsky Lavra.

Yesipova was one of Teodor Leszetycki's most brilliant pupils. She made her debut in Saint Petersburg in 1871 attracting rave reviews and the artistic admiration of both Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Franz Liszt, particularly for her effortless virtuosity and singing tone. She then began concert tours which brought her in 1876 to the United States, where her playing was greatly admired. She heard the playing of Fanny Bloomfield and advised her to train under Leszetycki, whom Yesipova married in 1880 and later divorced.

In 1885, Yesipova was appointed Royal Prussian Court Pianist. From 1893 to 1908, she was professor of pianoforte at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. Among her students were Sergei Prokofiev, Leff Pouishnoff, Sergei Tarnowsky, Maria Yudina, Isabelle Vengerova,Anastasia virsaladze Leo Ornstein, Isidor Achron, Thomas de Hartmann and Alexander Borovsky (Borowsky) [1889–1968].

Recordings[edit]

In the early 1900s, Yesipova made a number of piano rolls, some of which have made been available as modern recordings (including Thalberg's Fantasia on a theme from Bellini's La Sonnambula).[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Through the Night program on BBC Radio 3, 28 February 2010

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