Konstantin Igumnov

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Konstantin Igumnov
Konstantin Nikolayevich Igumnov

(1873-05-01)May 1, 1873
DiedMarch 24, 1948(1948-03-24) (aged 74)
Occupation(s)Pianist, music pedagogue

Konstantin Nikolayevich Igumnov (Russian: Константи́н Никола́евич Игу́мнов; May 1 [O.S. April 19], 1873 – March 24, 1948) was a Soviet and Russian pianist and pedagogue. People's Artist of the USSR (1946).


Igumnov studied under Nikolai Zverev, and at Moscow Conservatory under Alexander Siloti and Pavel Pabst. He took theory and composition courses from Sergei Taneyev, Anton Arensky and Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov. In 1898-9 he was pianoforte teacher at the Tiflis music-school of the Russian Musical Society. From 1899 he was Professor at the Moscow Conservatory, where his life's work was carried out. He recorded 6 pieces on piano roll for the Welte-Mignon reproducing piano in 1910.[1]

Among his many students were Arno Babajanian, Bolesław Kon, Naum Shtarkman, Elena Beckman-Shcherbina, Yakov Flier, Boris Berlin, Lev Oborin, Maria Grinberg, Andrzej Wasowski, Elena Laumenskienė, Ryszard Bakst, Tengiz Amirejibi, Anatoly Alexandrov, Bella Davidovich, Rosa Tamarkina, Issay Dobrowen, and Mariya Gambaryan.[citation needed]

Igumnov was evacuated to Yerevan, Armenia during the first half of 1940s. During those years he was teaching at the local Conservatory, where his 70th anniversary was widely celebrated.

A four-record (LP) set of Igumnov's recordings was issued by Melodiya on 33C 10-05519-26.[2]

Honours and awards[edit]

Welte-Mignon Piano Rolls[edit]

  • Catalog no. 2061: Rachmaninoff - Prelude, Op. 23, No. 1, f#
  • Catalog no. 2062: Rachmaninoff - Prelude, Op. 23, No. 6, Eb
  • Catalog no. 2063: Scriabin - Sonata-Fantasie, Op. 19, No. 2, g#
  • Catalog no. 2064: Brahms - Intermezzo, Op. 118, No. 6, eb
  • Catalog no. 2065: Rachmaninoff - "Fantasy Pieces", Op. 3, No. 2, c#: Prelude
  • Catalog no. 2066: Arensky - By the Seashore, Op. 52, No. 4, Gb


  • A. Eaglefield-Hull, A Dictionary of Modern Music and Musicians (Dent, London 1924).
  • J. Methuen-Campbell, Chopin Playing from the Composer to the Present Day (Gollancz, London 1981).


  1. ^ Smith, Charles D, and Richard J. Howe. The Welte-Mignon: Its Music and Musicians. Vestal, N.Y: Published by Vestal Press for the Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors' Association, 1994, p. 396. ISBN 9781879511170
  2. ^ Methuen-Campbell 1981, 136, n.