Russia to pay last tribute to renowned pianist Petrov

MOSCOW, August 5 (Itar-Tass) — Russia on Friday will pay a last tribute to renowned Russian pianist Nikolai Petrov who died at 68 in a Moscow hospital on Wednesday after suffering a stroke.

His friends, devoted admirers and world music stars will gather at Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory to pay their last respect to the pianist. He will be buried at the Troyekurovskoye cemetery.

Nikolai Petrov “is an example of real discipline and high creative energy,” Alexander Sokolov, the rector of the Moscow Conservatory, told Itar-Tass. “He treated every student with gentle care and took tutorship. Many good words can be said about Nikolai Petrov. We are proud that we were around him and admire his art.”

Petrov was born in 1943 into a family of famous musicians. He made his international debut when he won the Silver Medals at the Van Cliburn International Competition (USA) and the Queen Elizabeth International Competition in Belgium. He toured around the globe playing around 100 concerts a year.

He established the Nikolai Petrov International Foundation to support talented young musicians. He was also Artistic Director of the Musical Kremlin International Festival.



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