Russian composer known for being a member of the group of composers known as The Five. His best-known compositions include Capriccio Espagnol.
He enlisted in the Imperial Russian Navy at age twelve.
He received the honor of Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory, the oldest music school in Russia, being named after him.
His brother Vion became a famous explorer.
He and Modest Mussorgsky were part of the elite group of composers known as The Five.