Ilya Petrovich Tchaikovsky (1795-1880)
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Composers and their dads: famous fathers in classical music
11. Ilya Petrovich Tchaikovsky (1795-1880)
The head of a large family, Ilya (pictured right) worked as an engineer and served as a lieutenant colonel in the Department of Mines. It's not known whether he was supportive of his young son's musical talent - although he paid for piano lessons for the boy, he enrolled him in law school from the age of 10 in the hope his son might be more financially secure.