Former students tell us they are taking Bella Davidovich out to lunch today in New York for her 90th birthday.
A formidable pianist who came joint first in the 1949 Warsaw Chopin Competition, Bella was a soloist with the Leningrad Philharmonic for 28 successive years. Married to the violinist Julian Sitkovetsky until his early death in 1958, she left the USSR in 1978 and started teaching at Juilliard four years later.
Her son Dmitry Sitkovetsky is a London-based violinist and conductor. Her granddaughter is the soprano Julia Sitkovetsky.