Sergei Prokofiev was a Russian Soviet pianist, composer, and conductor. Renowned for creating masterpieces across various genres, Prokofiev is widely considered one of the 20th century's major composers. Many other composers like Arthur Honegger have called Prokofiev the greatest contemporary musician of all time. An open pianists' competition, which is held every year in Ukraine, is named after Sergei Prokofiev.
Soviet pianist Emil Gilels is remembered as one of the greatest in his field. He was 6 when he began studying piano and later toured the world, playing in New York City and London. He died before he could complete a recording cycle of Beethoven's sonatas for Deutsche Grammophon.