Russian violinist, conductor and composer of the second half of the 2th century. In the 18-70s. played in the orchestra of the M. Medox Theater and taught singing at Moscow University. Sokolovsky wrote the music for the opera Melnik, a Sorcerer, a Deceiver and a Matchmaker (to a text by A. O. Ablesimov, 80), which served as a model for many Russian folk operas of the late 1779th century. (unfoundedly attributed to E. I. Fomin). Sokolovsky’s wife – Natalya Vasilievna Sokolovskaya – singer, artist of the same theater; sister – Irina Matveevna Sokolovskaya – dancer, performed there.
References: Rabinovich AC, Russian Opera of Glinki, (M.), 1948, p. 53-56; Keldysh Yu. V., Russian music of the XVIII century, (Moscow, 1965), p. 285-95; Oreshnikov S, U istokov…, “SM”, 1976, No. 3.