Tatiana Nikolayeva

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Tatyana Petrovna Nikolayeva

Tatiana Petrovna Nikolayeva (Russian: Татья́на Петро́вна Никола́ева, Tat'jana Petrovna Nikolajeva; May 4, 1924 – November 22, 1993) was a pianist, composer, and teacher from the Soviet Union.


Nikolayeva was born in Bezhitsa,[1] in the Bryansk district, on May 4, 1924.[2] Her mother was a professional pianist and studied at the Moscow Conservatory under the renowned pedagogue Alexander Goldenweiser, and her father was an amateur violinist and cellist.[2] Nikolayeva won first prize in the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, which was founded to mark the bicentenary of Bach's death in 1750. Dmitri Shostakovich, who was a member of the jury, composed and dedicated the 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87, to her: it remained an important part of her piano repertoire.[2]

She sat as a jury member on international competitions such as the Paloma O'Shea Santander International Piano Competition,[3] the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Leeds Piano Competition.[2] She recorded her own transcription of Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.[4] Nikolayeva was the teacher of Nikolai Lugansky.[5] Among her other students was András Schiff, whom she taught in summer courses at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt, Weimar.[6]

She died on November 22, 1993 in San Francisco, nine days after succumbing to a brain haemorrhage during a performance of one of the Op. 87 fugues at the Herbst Theatre.[2][7]

As James Campbell-Methuen commented in her obituary, "Aside from the Shostakovich, though, Tatiana Nikolayeva will be remembered as a Bach player who flung stylistic considerations to the winds and played the music with an irrepressible musical intelligence and knowledge of the resources of her chosen instrument."[2]

Partial repertoire[edit]


  • Violin Concerto (1972)[9]
  • Symphony (1955; rev. 1958)[10]
  • 24 Concert Études, Op. 13 (1951–53)[11]
  • Piano Quintet (1947)[10]


  1. ^ "The Prokofiev Page – Recordings". Archived from the original on December 27, 2005.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Obituary: Tatiana Nikolayeva". The Independent. November 27, 1993. Archived from the original on May 26, 2022.
  3. ^ Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition “Winners, members of the jury and artistic guests”
  4. ^ "scribd". Archived from the original on June 11, 2014.
  5. ^ "Nikolai Lugansky". www.kennedy-center.org. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  6. ^ Schiff, András (April 2, 2020). Music Comes Out of Silence. Orion Publishing Group, Limited. ISBN 978-1-4746-1527-3.
  7. ^ "Tatiana Nikolayeva (Piano, Arranger) - Short Biography". www.bach-cantatas.com.
  8. ^ "Tatiana Nikolayeva (piano) on Hyperion Records". Hyperion Records.
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ a b "Николаева, Татьяна Петровна". January 2, 2019 – via Wikipedia.
  11. ^ "Pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva | website in memoriam of Tatiana Nikolayeva". www.tatiana-nikolayeva.info.

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