On February 12 1851 Anna Yesipova was born - the first Russian pianist and music teacher
The world-famous performer was a student of the outstanding music teacher Theodor Leschetizky; she won the hearts of European and American listeners by her unsurpassed skill. The musician subsequently continued her tutor's lifework, implementing his pedagogical principles. Yesipova was the founder of one of the largest piano schools in Russia. The unique method of Leschetizky comprised the framework of her pedagogical methodology.
Natural talent combined with excellent education allowed her to play all piano music styles. Yesipova perfectly mastered her fingers’ technique and possessed recognizable delicate touch. The intellectual component was superior to the sensual one in her performances; therefore, her playing was not filled with emotional outbursts. The whole range of her emotions was expressed in subtle nuances, phrasing and delicate touch. Yesipova repertoire was extensive. Her concerts often consisted of three sections, with the total duration of three hours. The programs were based on the works by Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann, Ferencz Liszt and Felix Mendelssohn. However, the pianist included salon pieces that met the preferences of the audience in her repertoire - the works by Moritz Moszkowski, Theodor Leschetizky, Sigismond Thalberg and Adolf von Henselt.
In 1906, Esipova recorded some works from her repertoire on Welte-Mignon paper music rolls that made it possible to evaluate her performance skills. These are, Rigoletto by Verdi - Liszt, La Somnambula by Bellini - Thalberg, Mazurka in B-minor and Preludes by Chopin, Variationen F-moll uber thema von Clara Wyeck from Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 14 by Schumann.