Nikolai Petrov, a Top Soviet-Era Pianist, Dies at 68
Petrov suffered a stroke in May while touring in Belarus and had been in the hospital since then.
Nikolai Arnoldovich Petrov was born on April 14, 1943, into a family of musicians. He started touring in the early 1960s and performed with the New York Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Symphony Orchestra and top European orchestras. He made his New York City debut at Carnegie Hall in 1965. But he always regarded the Moscow Conservatory as his main stage.
Petrov was born in Moscow, the son of the cellist Arnold Ferkelman and the grandson of the operatic bass Vasily Rodionovich Petrov, and began learning the piano at the age of three. At the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory his teacher was Tatyana Kestner and in 1961 Petrov entered the class of Yakov Zak at the Conservatory itself. He subsequently won second prize at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas and won second prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels'
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