Ludwig Minkus

Ludwig Minkus (23 March 1826-7 December 1917) grew up in Vienna where he hoped to establish a reputation as a violinist and composer. In 1853 he emigrated to St Petersburg where he became the conductor and solo violinist of the private orchestra of Prince Nikolai Yusupov. In 1861 he became violin soloist and, a year later, conductor of the Moscow Bolshoi Orchestra, and began fruitful working friendship with the choreographer Arthur Saint-Leon. In 1869 the choreographer Marius Petipa invited...See more