*28 IX 1927 Żytomierz, †19 II 2006 Moskwa
Naum Shtarkman – 5th Prize winner, 5th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (1955).
Naum Shtarkman started his piano studies in 1935 with I. Glezer, with whom he worked for six years. In 1944, he began studying with Konstantin Igumnov at the Moscow Conservatoire. After Igumnov’s death in 1948, Shtarkman reverted to self study. He graduated with honours from the Conservatoire in 1949, soon becoming a soloist at the Moscow Philharmonic.
Mr. Shtarkman participated in three international piano competitions, achieving considerable success in all three: in 1955, he took 5th prize at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, in 1957,1st Prize at the José Vianna da Motta Competition in Lisbon and in 1958,3rd prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
His stage career began in 1949 with a series of concerts in Moscow. For several decades he appeared only in the Soviet Union. His repertoire includes over 40 piano concertos and many works for solo piano. Many Soviet composers including Dmitri Kabalevsky, Fikrat Amirov, Elmira Nazirova, Gasan Gasanov, Yevgeny Golubev, owe much to Shtarkman for publicizing their works.
Mr. Shtarkman’s favourite composers are Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Schubert and Débussy who form the core of his repertoire and are well received by the audiences. “His playing,” said Emil Gilels, “distinguishes itself through its artistic finish and deep thoughtfulness.”
Naum Shtarkman has recorded several records for the Melodiya label, including a well-known record with Liszt transcriptions of Schubert.
Shtarkman now teaches at the Gnessin Institute in Moscow.
Shtarkman last performed in Poland in 1992, giving a recital and masterclass for young pianists in Dylew.