Richter’s curator has died, aged 98

The formidable Irina Antonova, director of the Pushkin Museum for 52 years who enticed Sviatoslav Richter to play historic recitals in her hall, is being mourned by cultural Russians.

Antonova was th world’s longest seving museum chief.

The cause of death was Covid-19.


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  • A practice also at the Scriabin museum in the composer’s Moscow flat with recitals on Scriabin’s piano by his son-in-law, the cult pianist Vladimir Sofronitzki, some recorded and issued. He formeda mutual admiration society with Richter.

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