Bolshoi solo harp dies, aged 68

Irina Pashinskaya, whose Swan Lake solos were admired the world over, has died in Moscow.

A professor at the Moscow Conservatoire, she was predeceased by her husband, a soloist with the Bolshoi Opera.

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  • I am heartbroken to hear this sad news…I had the good fortune to work with her in Ukraine as co-juror for Ukraine’s first International Harp Competition. She was loving, kind, giving, and played like a rockstar. I will never forget watching her master class…and, without warming up, she proceeded to play Prokofiev’s Prélude In C for us and nailed it as if it was nothing. What a treat! Her technique was solid as a rock and her musicality strong, bold, and beautiful (just like her). Irina, my dear, your amazing soul is missed by me and what a loss for the world… Thank you for gracing us with your presence and extraordinary gifts. I trust that you are now playing Tchaikovsky for the angels…#AlwaysInMyHeart

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