Why Famous: The first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally, which he bolstered with appearances as a guest conductor later in his career in Europe and the United States. One of these appearances was at the inaugural concert of Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1891.
Despite his many popular successes, his life was punctuated by personal crises and depression.
- 1877-07-06 Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (37) weds Antonina Miliukova (29) at the Church of Saint George in Moscow, Russia
- 1875-10-25 The first performance of the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is given in Boston, Massachusetts with Hans von Bülow as soloist
- 1876-04-22 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky completes his ballet "Swan Lake"
- 1876-11-17 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's patriotic Slavonic March made its premiere in Moscow to a warm reception by the Russian people.
- 1878-02-10 Peter Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony in F premieres
- 1882-08-20 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" debuts in Moscow
- 1886-02-23 Tchaikovsky's "Manfred" symphony premieres
- 1888-11-17 Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony premieres in St Petersburg
- 1891-05-05 Music Hall (Carnegie Hall) opens in New York, Tchaikovsky is guest conductor
- 1892-12-18 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker" premieres in Saint Petersburg, Russia, now the world's most performed ballet; his final opera "Isolanta" also premieres
- 1893-01-03 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's final opera "Iolanta", is first performed outside of Russia in Hamburg, Germany
- 1893-10-28 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky conducts first performance of his Symphony Number Six in B minor, "Pathetique"
- 1895-01-27 Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov's revival of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" premieres in St. Petersburg