Jaroslaw Zielinski

Jaroslaw Zielinski

Polish-born American pianist, composer and music critic
Date of Birth: 31.03.1844
Country: USA

Content:
  1. Biography of Yaroslav Zelinskiy
  2. Participation in the Polish Uprising and Escape to the United States
  3. Life and Musical Career in the United States

Biography of Yaroslav Zelinskiy

Yaroslav Zelinskiy was an American pianist, composer, and music critic of Polish origin. He studied at the Lviv Conservatory under Karl Mikuli, and later at the Vienna Conservatory under Julius Schulhoff.

Participation in the Polish Uprising and Escape to the United States

During the Polish Uprising of 1863, Zelinskiy took part in the rebellion, but unfortunately, he was wounded and had to flee to the United States. Upon arriving in America, he enlisted in the cavalry and fought on the side of the Union during the Civil War.

Life and Musical Career in the United States

After the war, Zelinskiy returned to his passion for music. He lived in various cities including New York, Detroit, Buffalo, and finally settled in Los Angeles in 1910. In Los Angeles, he led a piano trio and a music school.

Aside from his performances, Zelinskiy was also known for his compositions, which included a variety of piano and vocal works. However, he gained the most recognition as a music critic, writing articles about Eastern European music in American publications. He was even referred to as the "leading expert on Russian music in the United States" by his contemporaries.

Zelinskiy's music collection formed the foundation of the sheet music department at the Los Angeles Public Library. His wife, Maria Zelinskiy, published an English translation of Alexander Pushkin's novel "The Captain's Daughter" in 1877, titled "Marie: A Story of Russian Love".

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