Famous Russian Pianists

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Sergei Rachmaninoff
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Birthdate: April 1, 1873
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oneg, Russia
Died: March 28, 1943

Sergei Rachmaninoff was a Russian composer, conductor, and virtuoso pianist of the late Romantic period. Credited with exploring the expressive possibilities of the piano, Rachmaninoff's music continues to be featured in films. His four-year struggle with depression, which was followed by the critical failure of his Symphony No. 1, was depicted in the 2015 musical Preludes.

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Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
(Composer, Pianist & Conductor)

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
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Birthdate: June 17, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lomonosov, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: April 6, 1971

Four-time Grammy-winning Russian composer and pianist Igor Stravinsky is regarded as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. He is remembered for his ballets The Firebird, Petrushka, and The Rite of Spring. He broke the traditional flow of music and incorporated his own style.

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Dmitry Shostakovich
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Birthdate: September 25, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg
Died: August 9, 1975

Dmitry Shostakovich was a Soviet and Russian pianist and composer. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's major composers, Shostakovich's music is characterized by ambivalent tonality, elements of the grotesque, and sharp contrasts. He composed 15 symphonies during his lifetime and most of his work came under Joseph Stalin.

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Oksana Grigorieva
(Singer-songwriter, Pianist)

Oksana Grigorieva
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Birthdate: February 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saransk, Russia
Russian singer and pianist Oksana Grigorieva patented a method of teaching music to children in the U.S. She is best known for her track Un día llegará. She has been in the news for her bitter break-up with former partner Mel Gibson. She has worked with the Chernobyl Children's Project.

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Irving Berlin
(Street artist, Composer, Pianist, Songwriter, Screenwriter, Film score composer)

Irving Berlin
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Birthdate: May 11, 1888
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tyumen
Died: September 22, 1989

Irving Berlin was a composer and lyricist. He made tremendous contributions to the Great American Songbook and is widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. He had an extensive career spanning six decades, during which he composed an estimated 1,500 songs. He received the Lawrence Langner Tony Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. 

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Aleksandr Scriabin
(Composer, Pianist)

Aleksandr Scriabin
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Birthdate: December 25, 1871
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: April 14, 1915

Russian composer and pianist Aleksandr Scriabin is considered one of the most innovative and controversial of early modern composers. Interested in music from an early age, he built pianos as a young man and didn’t take long to establish himself as a brilliant composer. Unfortunately, he died at the height of his career, at the age of just 43. 

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Evgeny Kissin
(Pianist)

Evgeny Kissin
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Birthdate: October 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow
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Modest Mussorgsky
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Birthdate: March 21, 1839
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Karevo, Russia
Died: March 28, 1881

Modest Mussorgsky was a Russian composer best remembered for being part of a renowned 19th-century Russian composers group known as The Five. An innovator of Russian music, Mussorgsky worked towards achieving a Russian musical identity that challenged the already established Western music, which was generally considered conventional at that time.

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Sviatoslav Richter
(Who is frequently regarded as one of the greatest pianists of all time)

Sviatoslav Richter
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Birthdate: March 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zhytomyr, Ukraine
Died: August 1, 1997

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Daniil Trifonov
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Birthdate: March 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

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Vladimir Ashkenazy
(Classical pianist, Conductor and Composer)

Vladimir Ashkenazy
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Birthdate: July 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

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Mikhail Pletnev
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Birthdate: April 14, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Arkhangelsk, Russia

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Grigory Sokolov
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Birthdate: April 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg

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Anton Rubinstein
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Birthdate: November 28, 1829
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ofatinti, Moldova
Died: November 20, 1894

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Maria Yudina
(Pianist)

Maria Yudina
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Birthdate: September 9, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nevel, Russia
Died: November 19, 1970

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Mily Balakirev
(Composer, pianist, and conductor known today primarily for his work promoting musical nationalism)

Mily Balakirev
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Birthdate: December 31, 1836
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Died: May 29, 1910

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Olga Scheps
(Pianist)

Olga Scheps
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Birthdate: January 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

The daughter of pianist parents, Olga Scheps discovered her love for piano at age 4. Born in Moscow, she later moved to Germany with her parents, where she began participating in musical events at age 12. She is best known for her interpretations of Classical and Romantic musicians.

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Rodion Shchedrin
(Composer, Pianist)

Rodion Shchedrin
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Birthdate: December 16, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

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Nikolai Medtner
(Composer)

Nikolai Medtner
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Birthdate: January 5, 1880
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: November 13, 1951

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Nikolai Rubinstein
(Former pianist, conductor, and composer)

Nikolai Rubinstein
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Birthdate: July 2, 1835
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: March 23, 1881

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Denis Matsuev
(Pianist)

Denis Matsuev
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Birthdate: June 11, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Irkutsk, Russia

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Nikolai Kapustin
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Birthdate: November 22, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Horlivka, Ukraine
Died: July 2, 2020

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Yulianna Avdeeva
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Birthdate: July 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

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Tatiana Nikolayeva
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Birthdate: May 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Russia
Died: November 22, 1993

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Sergey Taneyev
(Composer)

Sergey Taneyev
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Birthdate: November 25, 1856
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vladimir, Russia
Died: June 19, 1915

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Anatoly Lyadov
(Composer)

Anatoly Lyadov
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Birthdate: May 12, 1855
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: August 28, 1914

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Lera Auerbach
(Classical Composer, Pianists)

Lera Auerbach
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Birthdate: October 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chelyabinsk, Russia

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Elizaveta Khripounova
(Singer-songwriter)

Elizaveta Khripounova
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Birthdate: December 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, United States

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Alexander Siloti
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Birthdate: October 9, 1863
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kharkiv, Ukraine
Died: December 8, 1945

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Alexander Tcherepnin
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Birthdate: January 21, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: September 29, 1977

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Lazar Berman
(Classical Pianist)

Lazar Berman
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Birthdate: February 26, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russia
Died: February 6, 2005

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Tikhon Khrennikov
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Birthdate: June 10, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yelets, Russia
Died: August 14, 2007

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Ossip Gabrilowitsch
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Birthdate: February 7, 1878
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: September 14, 1936

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Yevgeny Svetlanov
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Birthdate: September 6, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: May 3, 2002

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Josef Lhévinne
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Birthdate: December 13, 1874
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oryol, Russia
Died: December 2, 1944

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Nikolai Tcherepnin
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Birthdate: May 15, 1873
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russia
Died: June 26, 1945

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Katia Skanavi
(Prize-winner pianist of the International Chopin Piano Competition)

Katia Skanavi
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Birthdate: 1971 AD
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

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Benno Moiseiwitsch
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Birthdate: February 22, 1890
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine
Died: April 9, 1963

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Vladimir de Pachmann
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Birthdate: July 27, 1848
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Odessa, Ukraine
Died: January 6, 1933