His personality was greater than the possibilities offered to him by the piano, broader than the very concept of complete mastery of the instrument
(Pierre Boulez)

Whether he's playing Bach or Shostakovich, Beethoven or Scriabin, Schubert or Debussy, each time he makes the composer come alive, resurrects him, as it were, each time he becomes totally immersed in the composer's vast, unique world. And all this is imbued with the 'Richterspirit', his remarkable talent for delving into the innermost depths of the music!
(Heinrich Neuhaus)

Richter reached the highest stage in the search for musical truth, yet he was always ready, like a child, to be surprised by something unexpected that he had discovered in Music, Nature, and Life...
(Riccardo Muti)

All attempts to find a rational key to the enigma of genius are pointless: we shall never find the mould for talent... He is more than a pianist, his problems are on a higher level... they arise and are solved at the meeting point of art, science and philosophy, the point where a single universal, all-embracing truth is expressed
(Alfred Schnittke)


Святослав Рихтер и Ирина АнтоноваSviatoslav Richter gave his first concert at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Volkhonka on 14 April, 1949. He played two Beethoven sonatas and Nina Dorliak sang some Schubert songs. It was only later that we realised the full significance of this event.

I was fortunate enough to know the great musician personally and occasionally take part in realising some of his projects. For me he opened up worlds that I would never otherwise have entered. He did this not on purpose, but simply by being there. I was able to observe him talking to his friends and rehearsing, to hear him play. I saw him jubilant and infinitely sad, elated and occasionally depressingly unfair, exhilarated and dreadfully angry. In other words, like most of us can be at times. Yet in all this there was a different dimension, a freedom and power of expres­sion, a depth and understanding, which were not of this world.

Many years have passed since Sviatoslav Richter first came to the museum. He is now part of its history. His presence has given our abode a new dimension. He brought with him a new world, new ideas. And acknowledged us.

Now, thanks to Nina Lvovna Doriak's bequest, his home on Bolshaya Bronnaya has become part of the museum.

We cherish and preserve the traditions of Sviatoslav Richter's home.

lrina Antonova


A Chronological List of Events and Works

Святослав Рихтер1915, 20 March
Sviatoslav Richter was born in Zhitomir. His father, a talented musician, did not teach his son music systematically. Up to the age of twenty-two one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century was self taught

lived with his parents in Odessa

leader of the Odessa Philharmonic and from 1934 of the orchestra at the Odessa opera and ballet theatre. Throughout his life Richter showed a remarkable knowledge of opera. He was particularly fond of Richard Wagner, whose operas he knew by heart

first solo performance at the Odessa House of Engineers. The programme consisted of works by Chopin.
According to Richter, he «trained to be a con­ductor. But at the last moment [...] my debut as a conductor in opera fell through»

Richter entered the Moscow Conservatory in the class of Professor Heinrich Neuhaus

1940, 30 December
first solo performance with a symphony orchestra (Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the State Symphony Orchestra conduct­ed by K.lvanov), which marked the beginning of regular concert performances

met the singer Nina Dorliak, who became his life companion and musical partner. His first tours were Vologda-Leningrad-Mur­mansk-Archangel and Tbilisi-Baku-Yere­van-Sukhumi

1945, 25 March
first joint performance with Nina Lvovna Dor­liak (Sergei Prokofiev evening in the Small Hall of the Conservatory). First place at the 3rd All-Union Competition of Performing Musicians, the only competi­tion Richter ever entered

graduated from the Conservatory with a gold medal

first foreign tour, to Eastern Europe

first performance in Moscow of Prokofiev's Symphony-Concerto for Cello and Orchestra with Rostropovich as the soloist and Richter conducting

member of the jury for the First International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

1960, October-December
first tours in the USA and Canada

first tours in Western Europe

opening of the annual international music festival in Touraine, in which Richter took part until 1993

first performances in Japan

together with Irina Antonova Sviatoslav Rich­ter inaugurates the December Evenings festi­val at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

two tours which included the north of the European part of the country, the Volga area, Ukraine, Urals, Kazakhstan, Siberia and the Far East (with a visit to Japan)

the beginning of festivals, organised on Rich-ter's initiative, in Tarusa, his favourite place on the River Oka

1993, December
last performance in Russia at the December Evenings festival

last performance in Tokyo. Three Mozart piano concertos conducted by Rudolf Barshai

1995, March
Richter's last concert in Bremen

1997, 1 August
the death of Sviatoslav Richter

1997, 4 August
A memorial service is held in the Italian Courtyard of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

Sviatoslav Richter is buried in Novodevichy cemetery in Moscow

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