Alexander Gretchaninov (1864-1956) was a composer, who started his musical studies rather late. He saw a piano when14 and began his studies at the Moscow Conservatory in 1881.His main teachers there were Taneyev and Arensky. In the late 1880s, he moved to St. Petersburg where he studied orchestration with Rimsky-Korsakov until 1893. Rimsky immediately recognized his extraordinary musical imagination and talent. Out of this came an important friendship, which only ended Rimsky's death.