Galina Fedorova (Galina Fedorova) |

Galina Fedorova (Galina Fedorova) |

Galina Fedorova

Date of birth
pianist, teacher
Russia, USSR

The abilities of the young pianist were once highly appreciated by the most astute teachers. K. N. Igumnov drew attention to a student of a ten-year school at the Leningrad Conservatory. Later, already in her student days, she was honored with the following words from A. B. Goldenweiser: “Galina Fedorova is a talented pianist with a determined, thoughtful, subtle manner of playing.” Professor L. V. Nikolaev also warmly treated her, with whom Fedorova had a chance, though not for long, to study at the time when the Leningrad Conservatory was evacuated to Tashkent. Further formation of her artistic appearance took place under the guidance of P. A. Serebryakov. In his class, Galina Fedorova graduated from the conservatory in 1948, and in 1952, and postgraduate studies. The pianist’s competitive successes and the beginning of her concert activity date back to this time. First, she won the third prize at the pianists’ competition of the World Festival of Democratic Youth and Students in Prague (1947), and then won the second prize at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig (1950).

In her best programs, the audience was bribed by the seriousness of interpreter’s intentions, exacting taste, and outstanding skill. One of the printed responses said, in particular: “Galina Fedorova played with concentration and simplicity, she is characterized by sincerity and strictness … She showed herself to be a pianist who is fluent in various musical styles.” Indeed, over the years, Galina Fedorova turned to different layers of piano literature. On its concert posters we find the names of Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms and other authors. In the Small Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonic and at other venues, she performed Beethoven’s monographic program. The artist invariably pays considerable attention to Russian piano classics. With a sense of style and enthusiasm, she plays the works of Glinka, Balakirev, Tchaikovsky, Rubinstein, Rachmaninov, Glazunov … In recent years, Galina Fedorova devotes a lot of time to teaching at the Leningrad Conservatory (since 1982 a professor).

L. Grigoriev, J. Platek, 1990

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