Malinin was born in Moscow. A disciple of Heinrich Neuhaus, he began his career while a student at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1949 he won (ex-aequo with his fellow student Tamara Guseva) the International Youth and Students Festival in Budapest, and was awarded the 7th prize at the IV International Chopin Piano Competition; four years later he tied with Philippe Entremont for the 2nd prize at the Long-Thibaud Competition. He graduated in 1954, and served as Neuhaus's assistant for three years.
Malinin was active as a concert pianist mainly in the USSR area, but also performed in Japan, USA, Great Britain, Poland, Spain, Finland and France, where he settled as a pedagogue, founding with Thérèse Dussaut a music institute (1988–91). He was previously a professor (until 1998) and the head of the piano department at the Moscow Conservatory (1972–78).
He made several recordings for EMI or CBS during the 1960s and regularly for Melodya in USSR.
Le Monde, Alain Lompech, May 5, 2001 (obituary notice)
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