Vera Gornostaeva, professor at the Moscow Conservatoire and teacher of more than 50 international competition winners, has died aged 85. (Russian TV report here).
A student of the formidable Heinrich Neuhaus, Gorostaeva taught Emil Gilels’s daughter Elena and went on to train three or four generations of musician families. Ivo Pogorelich and Sergey Babayan were among her star pupils.
She recorded for Philips, Yamaha and other labels.