Born in St.
Petersburg on 23rd August 1866, Stepanov was a pupil of
Theodor Waterstraat at the conservatory there. In 1892 he was the first Russian
flautist to gain an appointment in the Imperial Theatre Orchestra after having
gained some experience in the orchestra of the Russian Musical Society. He
taught at the Pavlovsk
and later became the first Russian professor to teach the Boehm system flute at
the St. Petersburg Conservatory.
In 1900 and 1906 he made early gramophone recordings. In
1907 he left the theatre orchestra through illness but continued to teach. He
died in St. Petersburg
on 4th July 1914.
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