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Yevgeny Malinin

Yevgeny Malinin

*8 XI 1930 Moskwa

Yevgeny Malinin – 7th Prize winner, 4th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (1949). Yevgeny Malinin began learning piano with Tamara Bobovich at the Central Special Music School at the Moscow Conservatoire. He completed his piano studies at the Conservatoire with Henry Neuhaus, graduating in 1954. Between 1954 and 1957 he completed his apprenticeship with Neuhaus, after which he stayed at the Conservatoire as Neuhaus’ teaching assistant.

While still a student he embarked on an international career, winning 1st Prize (ex aequo with Tamara Guseva) at the International Youth and Students Festival in Budapest in 1949 and 7th Prize at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, followed by 2nd Prize (ex aequo with Philippe Entremont) at the 1953 Long-Thibaud International Competition in Paris.

He was also active as a concert soloist, appearing in Moscow, Leningrad, Siberia, Ural and the Baltic states. Later he toured France, Spain and Japan. In 1965, together with violinist Eduard Grach and cellist Nina Shakhovskaya, he established a piano trio that quickly won great acclaim.

Malinin was a versatile pianist. A large part of his repertoire was dominated by Romantic music, with Chopin, Liszt, Schumann and Brahms heading the list, but he was equally successful in his interpretations of Beethoven’s late sonatas, Rachmaninov, Miaskovsky, Shostakovich and Shchedrin.

Malinin was also a prolific teacher. Dean of the Piano Department at the Moscow Conservatoire between 1972 and 1978, he received the title of professor in 1972. For many years he held masterclasses at Fontainebleau and Dijon where he founded a music institute bearing his name.

For record company Melodiya he recorded Chopin’s Sonata in B flat minor, Scherzo in B flat minor, several mazurkas, polonaises and nocturnes, Liszt’s Sonata in B minor, Mephisto Waltz and Funérailles, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor as well as piano trios of various composers.

Malinin was juror at many international music competitions: in Paris, Munich, Vercelli, Moscow, Vienna, Santander, Zwickau and Warsaw (Chopin Competition 1975).

Yevgeny’s brother Vladimir is a famous violinist.

Stanisław Dybowski


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