The violinist Misha Keylin has some spelling issues:
When research was done for our Hermitage Piano Trio 2019 “Rachmaninoff” recording, two interesting facts came out. First of course is the “correct” English spelling (the ending is often done with a “V”) of the composer’s name. Confirmation that it is indeed “FF” came from both his signatures in letters, documents, and the spelling used on his gravestone at his resting place near Mount Kisco, New York. Attached is a photo of the actual gravestone.
The second fact is a bit more complex. Most of the history books and biographies have Rachmaninoff’s birthday listed as April, 1 (1873) but his gravestone lists it as April 2 (again, see photo). Why the discrepancy? The Gregorian calendar was implemented in Russia on 14 February 1918 by dropping the Julian dates of 1–13 February 1918 pursuant to a Sovnarkom decree signed 24 January 1918 (Julian) by Vladimir Lenin. This resulted in confusion to the backwards “adjustments”, which were made for people that were born before 1918 (such as Rachmaninoff.)
So going by what Rachmaninoff’s own family is telling us, we want to wish Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff a very Happy Birthday and to thank him for writing such beautiful and powerful two Piano Trio’s amongst so many of his other compositions!