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composer , pianist , conductor.

Alexander Tcherepnin, Russian composer, pianist, conductor. Recipient Glinka prize (France), 1959; Achievement award Immigrants Service League, 1960; named chevalier of Arts and Letters, French Minister Cultural, 1968. Member National Institute Arts and Letters.


Tcherepnin, Alexander was born on January 21, 1899 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Son of Nicolai and Marie (Benois) Tcherepnin.


Student St. Petersburg Conservatory. Doctor of Music (honorary), Chicago Museum College, Roosevelt U., 1953, Music and Arts Institute, San Francisco, 1977.


Western debut, recital in London, 1922. Composer orchestral, piano, vocal and chamber music, 1912-1977. Concert tours, China, Japan, 1934-1937, France, 1921-1977, England, 1922-1977, Scandinavia, Egypt, 1946-1948.

Faculty San Francisco Music and The Art Institute of Chicago, 1948. Teacher piano and composition DePaul University, 1949-1964. Compositions include: 4 operas.

10 ballets; Piano Sonata in A Minor. Sonatine Romantique; Bagatelles. Concerto da Camera (Schott’s international prize).

6 piano concerti; Russian Dances for Orchestra. Showcase; Divertimento, 1957, Symphonic Prayer, 1959. 4 symphonies for orchestra.

Opera The Farmer and the Nymph (David Bispham award 1960). Serenade for Strings, 1964, Flute Duo, 1977.


Member National Institute Arts and Letters.


Married Hsien Ming Lee, August 24, 1937. Children: Peter, Serge, Ivan.

Nicolai Tcherepnin

Marie (Benois) Tcherepnin

Hsien Ming Lee

Peter Tcherepnin

Serge Tcherepnin

Ivan Tcherepnin