Golovanov, Nikolay Semyonovich
- I.M. Yampol′sky
(b Moscow, 9/Jan 21, 1891; d Moscow, Aug 28, 1953). Russian conductor, pianist and composer. He qualified as precentor and singing teacher at the Moscow Synodal School, where his teachers were V.S. Orlov and A.D. Kastal′sky and made his début as a conductor there in 1909. After composition studies under Vasilenko at the Moscow Conservatory to 1914, and additional studies with Ippolitov-Ivanov, he conducted concerts by the Bol′shoy Theatre Orchestra in 1915 and the same year became assistant chorus master at the theatre. He was chief conductor there from 1919 to 1928 and from 1948 to 1953, and chief conductor and artistic director of the Moscow PO from 1926 to 1929, when he was appointed chief conductor of the Moscow Broadcasting Centre; he was also head of opera there. In 1937 he became chief conductor and artistic director of the USSR All-Union RSO, and in 1938...