1837 – Born on the 2nd of January at Nizhny Novgorod.
1869 – Selected director of the imperial chapel and conductor of the Imperial Musical Society.
1862 – Established The Free School of Music.
1872 – The Free School was influential, but suffered from chronic financial problems that drove Balakirev to a nervous breakdown.
1910 – He died on 29th of May and was interred in Tikhvin Cemetery at the Alexander Nevsky Monastery in Saint Petersburg.
He recognized today for bringing together the composers known as The Five than for his own music, with the potential immunity of his Islamey: an Oriental Fantasy, which is still admired among pianists.
His works consist largely of songs and collections of folk songs, but include two symphonies, two symphonic poems (Russia and Tamara), and four overtures, and a number of piano pieces, including Islamey: an Oriental Fantasy.