9th October 1863
8th December 1945
Alexander Ilyich Siloti (also Ziloti, Алекса́ндр Ильи́ч Зило́ти, Aleksandr Iljič Ziloti) was a Russian pianist, conductor and composer. His daughter, Kyriena Siloti, was also a noted pianist and teacher in New York and Boston until her death in 1989, aged 94. He was born on his father's estate near Kharkiv, Ukraine, and studied piano at the Moscow Conservatory with Nikolai Zverev from 1871, then from 1875 under Nikolai Rubinstein, brother of the more famous Anton Rubinstein; from that year he also studied under Taneyev, Tchaikovsky, and Hubert. He graduated with the Gold Medal in Piano in 1881. Siloti went to Weimar, Germany to further his studies with Franz Liszt, co-founding the Liszt-Verein in Leipzig, and making his professional debut on 19 November 1883. Returning to Russia in 1887, Siloti taught at the Conservatory, where his students included Goldenweiser, Maximov, and his first cousin Rachmaninoff. During this period he also began work as editor for Tchaikovsky.