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Basil Toutorsky (1896-1989), a Russian pianist and composer, taught music in Washington D.C. for over 50 years. Born into nobility in Russia, Toutorsky attended Novotcherkask Musical College, graduating in 1913. During World War I, Toutorsky served in the Imperial Russian Navy, fighting for the White Russian forces. In 1920 he fled to Turkey and in 1923 came to the United States. While touring North America and Europe as a concert pianist, Toutorsky met his wife, the Mexican opera singer Maria Ignacia Howard, in 1936. He initially settled in Los Angeles before moving to Washington, D.C., in 1937, where he established the Toutorsky Academy of Music. Toutorsky gave private lessons while continuing to compose music.

 

Known as one of the last remaining links to the pre-revolutionary golden age of Russian music, Toutorsky wrote extensively on Russian music and frequently judged music competitions. He was a member of several professional music organizations, a member of the Military Order of World Wars, and a fellow of the International Biographical Association.

 

The Toutorsky digital collection contains photographs of the pianist and his wife. An online finding aid to the Basil Toutorsky papers is available at http://aspace.library.jhu.edu/repositories/4/resources/1239.

 
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