Paying tribute to Vladimir Krainev
Russia’s famous pianist Vladimir Krainev passed away on April 29 in Germany’s Hannover after a long illness. He was 67.
Krainev’s fellow musicians describe him as a great professional and a passionate and creative man. They all remember his sense of humor and emotionality.
Great Russian violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet calls Vladimir Krainev one of the best pianists of the late 20th century.
Krainev’s career began after his brilliant victory at the 1970 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He had full houses all over the world, playing with great skill and commitment, always sticking to the Russian performing tradition. Krainev spoke about this in an interview
"My musical motto is sincerity, as only it makes people believe you. The great pianist Artur Rubinstein used to say –a musician should leave a part of his soul every time he’s on stage. I find this true and urge my followers to dot the same."
Vladimir was very active. His spouse, a famous figure skating coach, Tatyana Tarasova called him very strong and capable. Krainev was a professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hanover, where young pianists from China, France, Germany, Korea, Russia, Ukraine, and other countries studied. In 1992, Krainev organized the first international competition of young pianists in Kharkov, Ukraine. In 1994, Krainev established the Vladimir Krainev International Fund for Young Pianists.
Recently he stopped giving concerts due to health problems but had enough health for his pupils, calling them his continuation.
Krainev was eager to digest the entire legacy of great composers. He played Chopin and Prokofiev, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schnittke.
He was surrounded by students and colleagues, who are mourning him now. His widow is receiving condolences from all over the world.
Russia’s Minister of Culture Alexander Avdeev called Krainev a God-gifted musician who was revealing the divine beauty of music to people.