(Yaroslavl, 1859 – Paris, 1924)
A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, Lyapunov was close to the Group of Five, the circle of musicians who favored a nationalistic musical tradition in opposition to the westernized and cosmopolitan language that was promoted by the Moscow Conservatory, exemplified in Rubinstein’s music, for instance.
The influence of Balakirev, the soul of the Group, was decisive.
After the Revolution he moved to Paris where he died. In addition to his career as a pianist who performed throughout Europe, Lyapunov left approximately eighty works, many for piano but he is known above all for his Douze études d’exécution transcendant, written in memory to Liszt.