Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov (1859-1935) was a Russian composer of orchestral works and operas, of which the most popular were influenced by Caucasian and Georgian folk music. Ippolitov-Ivanov studied under Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and in 1882 became conductor of the symphony orchestra and director of the music school in TiflisGeorgia. After 1925 he was conductor at the Bolshoi Theatre. Ippolitov-Ivanov’s 11 years in the Caucasus gave him a lifelong interest in Georgian folk music that inspired several of his orchestral compositions, like the Caucasian Sketches suite.