Pabst, Paul



German pianist; son of August Pabst, a dramatic composer, singer and organist, who was director of the Riga Conservatory. Paul began his career as a concert player at nine years of age, and had the advantage of a number of years of instruction from Liszt. In 1878 he went to Moscow, by invitation of Nicholas Rubinstein, to become professor of piano at the Conservatory. He also directed the Imperial Society of Music and wrote transcriptions from The Demon, by Rubinstein, and Eugene Onegin, by Tschaikowsky, and pieces for the piano, which have won popularity in Russia.