Nikolai Rubinstein conducted the Musical Society concert premiere of Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet. The audience revered Rubinstein, but the musical performance was not a success with the public
Pyotr Tchaikovsky was enthusiastic about sending the first act of Eugene Onegin to Nikolai Rubinstein, a friend and a man who hired Pyotr to teach harmony at the Moscow Conservatory. Pyotr believed a Conservatory setting and a modest theater was most suitable for a performance.
Nikolai Rubinstein was quite curious about Eugene Onegin. He asked Tchaikovsky to assign parts even if later they are to be changed. In the fall of 1877, with great anticipation of Rubinstein opinion, Pyotr sent selections most dear to him -- the quartet, Lensky's Arioso, scene in Tatyana's room and chorus of maidens.