The artist in the new Verizon commercial sugar plum fairy is Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. He was born on May 7, 1840 and died on November 6, 1893. He was a composer of the Romantic era from Russia. His widespread production includes ballets, symphonies, chamber music, operas, instrumental and songs. Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tchaikovsky for more information.