Death of a Russian contender, 45

Death of a Russian contender, 45


norman lebrecht

March 25, 2018 reports the death of the pianist Andrei Zheltonog.

A pupil of Leonid Margarius, he came 3rd in the Riga international competition in 1989 and sixth at Leeds the following year. He was a teacher at the Moscow Conservatoire and at its offshoot in Japan.



  • Harry Lightning says:

    The Russian article says he worked in the “department of special piano”….evidently not especially healthy.

    • Roger says:

      You are the one who is sick.

      • Repeated Virgule says:

        There is no information available on the cause of death. A duel? Struck by lightning? Traffic accident? Vodka overdose? An unfortunate illness? An omission by the Russian site that can only encourage speculation. Heartfelt condolences to his family, colleagues and friends.

    • Bruce says:

      It must be wonderful to be so clever.

      • Veritas Semper says:

        Indeed it must be. But can you (or anyone else) explain what “на кафедре специального фортепиано” means?

        • esfir ross says:

          It mean that he was teaching piano major students.

        • John Borstlap says:

          It means that Russians haven’t got round to write the letters in the right way. My uncle David went to Russia on a vacation trip in the nineties, had learned some basic Russian, but pronounced the letters in such a way that many misunderstandings occurred and he was arrested and put in jail for 3 weeks.


  • YoYo Mama says:

    Russians now have this typical life span, it is a deadly place to live.

  • Roberta Prada says:

    Sadly I have seen many untimely deaths recently among artists, and not just Russians, but everyone. Many do not list cause of death.

    • The View from America says:

      Now SD addicts can engage in endless speculation — until the next breathless headline hits the site.

  • Raouf Zaidan says:

    A musician is an artist , a feeling sensitive person . We live in times of big changes , great advancements but also great injustices and cruelties . Not an easy time for people that feel and are compassionate . Not surprising that several of our major great singers and musicians are dying younger nowadays.