Vladimir Sofronitsky

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Vladimir Sofronitsky (1901 - 1961) was a Russian pianist, best known as an interpreter of the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin. Sofronitsky was born to a physics teacher father and a mother from an artistic family. In 1903 his family moved to Warsaw, where he started piano lessons with Anna Lebedeva-Getcevich, and later with Aleksander MichaƂowski.
From 1916 to 1921, Sofronitsky studied in the Petrograd Conservatory under Leonid Nikolayev, where Dmitri Shostakovich, Maria Yudina, and Elena Scriabina, the eldest daughter of the deceased Alexander Scriabin, were among his classmates. He met Scriabina in 1917 and married her in 1920. Sofronitsky was highly appreciated as an outstanding pianist by the composer Alexander Glazunov and the musicologist and critic Alexander Ossovsky.
He gave his first solo concert in 1919, and his only foreign tour in France between 1928 and 1929. Sofronitsky taught at the Leningrad Conservatory from 1936 to 1942, and then at the Moscow Conservatory till his death.
-Wikipedia, Vladimir Sofronitsky

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