Anton Stepanovich Arensky(1861-1906), Russian composer, pianist and conductor, studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, then taught at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1895 he served as the director of the Imperial Choir. From 1901 he concertized widely and successfully as pianist and conductor. An eclectic composer, noted for his lyrical and sometimes sentimental melodic gift, he was influenced by Chopin, Mendelssohn, and most significantly, Tchaikovsky. His works include 3 operas, 2 symphonies, a violin concerto, a piano concerto, piano pieces, and chamber music.