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Sad news: ‘Greatest living pianist’ loses his wife

January 8, 2014 by Norman Lebrecht

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We hear from Russian musicians that the fabled pianist Grigory Sokolov is in mourning for the death of his wife. Revered by his peers, the despair of promoters, Sokolov, 63, last performed in August and has no concerts presently scheduled.

Little is known of his domestic circumstances except that his wife was also his cousin’s widow.

We send him our condolences.

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UPDATE

We have been sent this account of the Sokolov family connections:

Grigory Sokolov’s grandfather was Hirsh Sokolov.

His elder son was Ilya Sokolov, who married Sofia Zviagina and their son was Alexander Sokolov (1932-1996).

His younger son was Lipman Sokolov, who married Galina Zelenetzkaya and their son is the famous pianist Grigory Sokolov, born in 1950.

 

Thus Grigory and Alexander are cousins.

 

Alexander Sokolov married Inna Shtutin (daughter of Yakov Shtutin and his wife Ida Richterman) and their daughter Marina Sokolov was born in 1959.

Alexander Sokolov died in 1996 and his widow Inna married much later the famous pianist Grigory Sokolov, her late husband’s cousin.

 

You can find all the information about the family trees in internet here:

 

Grandfather Hirsh Sokolov: http://www.rogev.com/berner/124.htm

His first son Ilya: http://www.rogev.com/berner/122.htm

His second son Lipman: http://www.rogev.com/berner/125.htm

Grandson Alexander Sokolov, son of Ilya: http://www.rogev.com/berner/53.htm

Grandson Grigory Sokolov, son of Lipman: http://www.rogev.com/berner/130.htm

Inna Sokolov, neé Shtutin: http://www.rogev.com/berner/54.htm


Comments (8)

  1. Julie says:

    His aunt? Really? I thought it was illegal in most counties to marry your aunt.

    1. robcat2075 says:

      How about if the “aunt” is the ex-wife of a parent’s brother? Not a blood relation then.

      1. CR-520 says:

        No aunt at all. She was first married to his cousin Alexander Sokolov, who was a bassoon in the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra under Mravinsky.

  2. According to his management, he has the following concerts scheduled:

    30/01/14 – 20:45 BARI Teatro Petruzzelli IT

    04/02/14 – 21:00 Mestre Teatro Toniolo IT

    06/02/14 – 20:00 INNSBRUCK Saal Tirol AT

    10/02/14 – 21:00 FIRENZE Teatro della Pergola IT

    14/02/14 – 20:00 BREMEN Die Glocke DE

    22/02/14 – 20:00 DUSSELDORF Tonhalle DE

    24/02/14 – 20:00 HAMBURG Laeiszhalle DE

    26/02/14 – 20:00 FRANKFURT Alte Oper DE

    03/03/14 – 21:00 GENOVA Teatro Carlo Felice IT

    06/03/14 – 20:30 Barcelona Palau de la Musica ES

    1. He’s playing in Toulouse, too. Not sure when, though.

      1. Martin says:

        26th of May in Toulouse.. here is the full list from his management’s website ( http://www.amcmusic.com/en/concerts-2/grigory-sokolov-concerti-2/ )

        Date City Venue Country

        30/01/14 – 20:45 BARI Teatro Petruzzelli IT

        04/02/14 – 21:00 Mestre Teatro Toniolo IT

        06/02/14 – 20:00 INNSBRUCK Saal Tirol AT

        10/02/14 – 21:00 FIRENZE Teatro della Pergola IT

        14/02/14 – 20:00 BREMEN Die Glocke DE

        22/02/14 – 20:00 DUSSELDORF Tonhalle DE

        24/02/14 – 20:00 HAMBURG Laeiszhalle DE

        26/02/14 – 20:00 FRANKFURT Alte Oper DE

        03/03/14 – 21:00 GENOVA Teatro Carlo Felice IT

        06/03/14 – 20:30 Barcelona Palau de la Musica ES

        08/03/14 – 20:30 OVIEDO Tbc ES

        10/03/14 – 19:30 MADRID Auditorium Nacional ES

        12/03/14 – 20:30 ROMA Auditorium Parco della Musica IT

        16/03/14 – 19:00 Lisbon Gulbenkian Aud PT

        18/03/14 – 21:00 PORTO Casa da Musica PT

        20/03/14 – 20:00 Ludwigshafen Basf-Feierabendhaus DE

        27/03/14 – 20:00 FREIBURG Grosse Saal DE

        29/03/14 – 20:00 MUNICH Herkulessaal DE

        02/04/14 – 21:00 MILANO Sala Verdi Conservatorio IT

        04/04/14 – 20:00 VENEZIA Teatro La Fenice IT

        07/04/14 – 20:00 KOLN Philharmonie DE

        09/04/14 – 20:00 BERLIN Philharmonie DE

        28/04/14 BUDAPEST Palace of Arts HU

        02/05/14 BERGAMO Teatro Donizetti IT

        09/05/14 – 20:15 GRONINGEN Tbc NL

        11/05/14 – 20:15 AMSTERDAM Concertgebouw NL

        13/05/14 – 20:15 ARNHEM Concert Hall NL

        14/05/14 – 20:15 ROTTERDAM Concertgebouw NL

        16/05/14 – 19:30 Zurich TONHALLE CH

        19/05/14 – 20:30 BOLOGNA Teatro Manzoni IT

        23/05/14 Brescia Teatro Grande IT

        26/05/14 – 20:00 TOULOUSE Halle aux Grains FR

        03/06/14 – 20:00 VALENCIA Palau de la Musica ES

        06/06/14 SCHWETZINGEN tbc DE

        14/06/14 – 20:00 BRUXELLES Bozar BE

        22/06/14 – 19:30 Basel Musiksaal Stadtcasino CH

        24/06/14 Bad Kissingen tbc DE

  3. Jean says:

    It could be the first wife of his uncle, named his aunt.

  4. dansk66 says:

    What happened to his date in Tavagnocco on Feb 27th?


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