Influential piano teacher and Olympian husband dies

Vladimir Krainev, who had a concerto written for him by Alfred Schnittke and trained many fine Russian pianists, has died in Hanover, aged 67. His class there was restricted, almost without exception, to international prize winners.

His wife, Tatiana Tarasova, won nine Olympic golds at figure skating and is a teacher of comparable repute on ice; she survives him.

Vladimir Krainev Vladimir Krainev, (Russia/Germany)

Here’s an interview he gave some years back in Kiev. And here’s him playing a Chopin Scherzo on Youtube.

Rest in peace.

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