Russian pedagogue Dmitri Bashkirov dies aged 89

11 March 2021
By Ellie Palmer
The pianist and professor passed away in Moscow on 7 March

Bashkirov began his career in Tbilisi, Georgia, where he studied at the city's conservatory for ten years before moving onto the Moscow Conservatory.

As a pianist, he achieved First Prize at the Marguerite Long Piano Competition in Paris in 1955 at the age of 24. This opened up the door for him to perform with various orchestras around the world including the Royal Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

He spent most of his adult career as professor at Moscow Conservatory (1957-1991), teaching piano stars-to-be Dmitri Alexeev, Nikolai Demidenko, Kirill Gerstein, David Kadouch, Arcadi Volodos and more.


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Dmitri Bashkirov (centre), with the late Dame Fanny Waterman at The Leeds 2006 Finals


Bashkirov also appeared on many global piano competition juries, including The Leeds, Paris, Santander, Arthur Rubinstein (Tel Aviv), Cleveland, Clara Schumann (Düsseldorf), Enescu (Bucharest), Robert Schumann (Zwickau), F. Busoni (Bolzano), S. Rachmaninoff (Los Angeles), and others.