Famous Russian Pianists

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Sergei Rachmaninoff
(Russian Composer Who Was Considered One of the Finest Pianists of His Era)
Sergei Rachmaninoff
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Birthdate: April 1, 1873
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Starorussky Uyezd
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
(One of the Most Influential Composers of the 20th Century and a Pivotal Figure in 'Modernist Music')
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
(One of the Major Russian Composers of the 20th Century)
Dmitry Shostakovich
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Birthdate: September 25, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
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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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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Oksana Grigorieva
(Russian Singer-songwriter and 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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Aleksandr Scriabin
(One of the Most Controversial Composer-Pianists of the Early 20th Century)
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
(Russian-born Composer and Concert Pianist)
Evgeny Kissin
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Birthdate: October 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow
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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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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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Daniil Trifonov
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Birthdate: March 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
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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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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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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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
(Soviet and Russian Composer & Pianist)
Rodion Shchedrin
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Birthdate: December 16, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Rodion Shchedrin is a Soviet and Russian pianist and composer. One of the most recognized and decorated Soviet-born pianists and composers of his generation, Rodion Shchedrin has won many prestigious awards such as the USSR State Prize, Lenin Prize, and State Prize of the Russian Federation.

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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 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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Nikolai Kapustin
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Birthdate: November 22, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Horlivka, Ukraine
Died: July 2, 2020
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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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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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Yulianna Avdeeva
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Birthdate: July 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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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
(American-Born Russian Pianist and Opera Singer)
Elizaveta Khripounova
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Birthdate: December 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, United States

Born in the US and raised in Russia, opera singer and pianist Elizaveta Khripounova often experiments with alternative pop, rock, and jazz. He hit tracks have been featured on the soundtracks of series such as Pretty Little Liars. She also sang for a Russian film and the video game Dragon Age Inquisition.

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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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Benno Moiseiwitsch
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Birthdate: February 22, 1890
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine
Died: April 9, 1963
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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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Vladimir de Pachmann
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Birthdate: July 27, 1848
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Odessa, Ukraine
Died: January 6, 1933