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Tatiana Petrovna Nikolayeva (Татьяна Николаева) (May 4, 1924–November 13, 1993) was a Russian pianist, composer and teacher.

Nikolayeva studied piano beginning at the age of three. She entered the Moscow Conservatory, studied with Alexander Goldenweiser and Evgeny Golubev, and graduated in 1948.

In 1950 Nikolayeva gained prominence by winning the Bach Leipzig Piano Competition, part of the bicentennial marking Bach's death. More importantly, she met Dmitri Shostakovich at the competition leading to a lifelong friendship and inspiring Shostakovich to… read more

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