Belyayev [Belaieff], Mitrofan Petrovich
- Richard Beattie Davis
(b St Petersburg, 10/Feb 22, 1836; d St Petersburg, Dec 28, 1903/Jan 10, 1904). Russian music publisher. He was the son of Peter Abramovich Belyayev, a rich timber merchant, and was educated at the German-speaking Reform School in St Petersburg where he learnt the piano, violin and viola. When he was 15, he joined his father’s flourishing business. He became an active participant in an amateur symphony orchestra directed by L.W. Maurer, and after its dissolution on the death of its conductor in 1878 a nucleus of its members, including Belyayev, continued to meet. Here Belyayev first came into contact with the group’s conductors, Lyadov and Borodin. A wide range of contemporary Russian music was promoted to which Belyayev appears to have been exposed for the first time. Belyayev was introduced to Glazunov and after hearing his Symphony no.1 in 1882 resolved to publish it. He achieved this in ...