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Nicolas Nabokov

Nicolas Nabokov, Russian composer, writer, educator. Member National Institute Arts and Letters, Berlin Academy Arts and Letters.; Club: Century (New York City).

Background

  • Nabokov, Nicolas was born on April 4, 1903 in Russia. Son of Dimitry and Lydia (von Falz-Fein) Nabokov.

  • Education

    • Student Stuttgart Conservatory, Music Academy, Berlin, Germany, 1920-1923. Bachelor of Arts, Licence es Lettres, Sorbonne, Paris, 1924.

    Career

    • Came to the United States, 1933, naturalized, 1939. Composer 2 operas, 5 ballets, 3 symphonies, several major works for voice and orchestra. Professor music history, composition and theory, head department music Wells College, Aurora, New York, 1936-1941, St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland., 1941-1944.

      Professor composition Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, 1943-1945, 47-51. Adviser for cultural affairs United States Military Government, Germany, 1945-1947. Vice chief Voice of America to Russia, 1947.

      Secretary general Congress for Cultural Freedom, 1951-1963. Head Berlin Festival, 1963-1967. Adviser for internal cultural affairs to mayor West Berlin, 1963-1978.

      Composer in residence, adviser to president on arts Aspen (Colorado) Institute Humanistic Studies, 1969-1978. Now member of faculty, history department New York University Adviser, Festival of Israel, other international festivals.

    Works

    • Composer 2 operas, 5 ballets, 3 symphonies, several major works for voice and orchestra. Professor music history, composition and theory, head department music Wells College, Aurora, New York, 1936-1941, St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland., 1941-1944. Professor composition Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, 1943-1945, 47-51.

      Adviser for cultural affairs United States Military Government, Germany, 1945-1947. Vice chief Voice of America to Russia, 1947. Secretary general Congress for Cultural Freedom, 1951-1963.

      Head Berlin Festival, 1963-1967. Adviser for internal cultural affairs to mayor West Berlin, 1963-1978. Composer in residence, adviser to president on arts Aspen (Colorado) Institute Humanistic Studies, 1969-1978.

      Now member of faculty, history department New York University Adviser, Festival of Israel, other international festivals. Decorated grand cross Order of Merit of West Germany. Chevalier Legion of Honor (France).

    Membership

    Member National Institute Arts and Letters, Berlin Academy Arts and Letters. Club: Century (New York City).

    Connections

    • Married Dominique Cibiel, March 23, 1970. Children by previous marriages: Ivan, Peter, Alexander.
    • father: Dimitry Nabokov
    • mother: Lydia (von Falz-Fein) Nabokov
    • spouse: Dominique Cibiel
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    Born April 4, 1903
    Died April 6, 1978
    (aged 75)
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