Horror: Mikhail Pletnev’s teacher is found murdered outside Moscow

Horror: Mikhail Pletnev’s teacher is found murdered outside Moscow


norman lebrecht

October 02, 2013

Tatiana Stoklitskaya, a professor at Moscow’s Central School of Music, had not been seen since September 25.

Last night, her mutilated body was found by friends in her suburban dacha.

The police are questioning a suspect, apparently a builder who had worked on the cottage.

Tatiana Stoklitskaya taught many international virtuosi at an early stage of their development. Aside from the young Pletnev, her pupils included Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Maxim Vengerov and Vladimir Feltsman. She wrote several books on primary education for musicians and founded the museum at the Central School of Music. She was its curator to the day of her death.

On September 26, Tatiana Stoklitskaya would have celebrated her 75th birthday.



  • Even piano teachers are not spared in this world filled with desperation and violence. How terrible.

    • Horrible.. And one of my Oberlin Conservatory classmates, Danielle Martin, pianist,

      who went on to teach in a distinguished university music department was axed to death by a housekeeper I think. And at the time Danielle was suffering with MS.

  • Unfortunately, violence has become endemic. It’s a clear sympton that the world is sick.

  • anna says:

    Just for clarification, Ms. Stoklitskaya was a solfege/ear-training teacher at the CMS. She was an institution unto herself; everyone who attended the school took her class for many years. Rest in peace.