Alexander Goldenweiser
© Alexander Goldenweiser (on the right) with Leo Tolstoy

Alexander Goldenweiser (1875-1961) was a famous pianist, a professor and dean of the Moscow Conservatory. He can be considered to be the same kind of confidant to Tolstoy as Eckermann was to Goethe.

Goldenweiser made the great writer’s acquaintance in 1896, when he was just a student in his twenties. He spent more and more time at Tolstoy’s estate of Yasnaya Polyana, playing chess with him or playing the piano for him. Soon he became a friend with whom Tolstoy shared his thoughts and feelings, even the very private ones.

20. November 2010: 100. anniversary of Tolstoy’s death