Death of a Tchaikovsky winner

The superb cellist Natalia Shakhovskaya, first winner of the cello section of the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1962, has died in Moscow at the age of 81.

A student of Mstislav Rostropovich, she taught at the Moscow Conservatoire from 1974 and at the Queen Sofía School of Music in Madrid from 1994.

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  • And if I’m not mistaken, the people who finished behind her in that competition included Leslie Parnas, Natalia Gutman, and Lynn Harrell. Beautiful playing in the video.

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