Eminent Russian piano teacher has died

Eminent Russian piano teacher has died


norman lebrecht

January 20, 2015

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.



  • Rosana Martins says:

    She was also the teacher of her own grandson, Lukas Geniusas, as well as of the latest Cliburn winner, Vadym Kholodenko.
    A wonderful pianist, as well. R.I.P.

  • John SD Lok says:

    In 2 years, I lost 3 personal friends: A good friend/teacher Sid Field(father of screenplay writing); Facebook friend Robin Williams and very dear friend/the world greatest in the piano history, Vera Gornostrayeva invited us to Russia after my son Patrick Lok after his 8 and under 1991 CMC (Canadian Music Competition) in Ottawa. Vera had over 50 students who are winnres in international competitions, including Alexander Slobodyanik, Semion Kruchin, Valery Sigalevitch, Petras Geniušas, Dina Joffe, Yuri Lisichenko, Pavel Egorov, Alexander Paley, Eteri Andjaparidze, Ivo Pogorelich, Aleksandra Romanić, Sergei Babayan (teacher of latest Tchaikovsky Piano Competition winner Daniil Trifonov), Marian Pivka, Maxim Philippov, Ayako Uehara, Yurie Miura, (her own grandson) Lukas Geniušas, (the latest Cliburn winner) Vadym Kholodenko, Andrey Gugnin and others.

  • Rosemary Lilley says:

    A wonderful pianist and teacher.