The pianist Maria Barankina, head of the Guild of Russian Accompanists, has died after a two-day bout of influenza. The terrible news was announced by her father on his Facebook page.
Maria, known as Masha, was a well-known member of a family of musicians. Her father, Evgeny Barankin, is chair of the advisory board of the Moscow Philharmonic.
Our thoughts are with her loved ones.