Born in St. Petersburg on April 29 (11 May) in 1855 in a musical family - his father was a conductor Liadov, the Mariinsky Theater, the mother - pianist. He studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, but was expelled by Rimsky-Korsakov from his class harmony for the 'incredible laziness'. Soon, however, was restored to Conservatory and began to help Mily Balakirev and Rimsky-Korsakov in preparing a new edition of scores of operas by Glinka Life for the Tsar and Ruslan and Lyudmila. In 1877 graduated with honors from the Conservatory and was left there a professor of harmony and composition. Among students Liadov - Sergei Prokofiev and Nikolai Myaskovsky. In 1885 he began teaching Liadov theoretical discipline in the Court chapel. Later on behalf of the Imperial Geographical Society, was engaged in the processing of collected folk songs in the expeditions and has published several collections, highly valued by researchers of Russian folklore.
Heritage composer Liadov small in size and consists mainly of works of small forms. The most famous are the picturesque symphonic poems - Baba Yaga, The Magic Lake and Kikimora, as well as Eight Russian folk songs for orchestra, two collections of children's songs (op. 14 and 18) and a number of piano pieces (among them The Music Box). He has composed two orchestral scherzo (op. 10 and 16), a cantata on Schiller's Bride of Messina (op. 28), music to Maeterlinck's sister Beatrice (op. 60) and ten church choirs (Ten treatments of items, a collection of Orthodox Chants). In 1909 SP Diaghilev commissioned Lyadov
to Paris' Russian Seasons "ballet on the Russian tale of the Firebird, but the composer was pulling to the implementation of the order for so long that the plot had to be transferred Stravinsky. Liadov died in a village near g.Borovichi August 28, 1914.