Romantic classical music composer criticized for not having a personal style. He gained esteem years after his death.
He was graduated from the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 1882, after which he took a professorship at the Moscow Conservatory.
His chamber music was widely admired.
His father and mother moved to Saint Petersburg in 1879, enabling him to study composition at Saint Petersburg Conservatory.
He was greatly influenced by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.