Hochschule für Musik
und Theater Hannover
Pianist Vadimir Kraïnev, an outstanding
musician, tutor and public figure in the field of musical culture of our
time, has been fortunate in his artistic life.
His musical talent
manifested itself early and received support from the teachers of the
Kharkov music school. He continued his studies in Moscow, first at the
Central music school attached to Tchaikovsky Conservatory, in the class of
Anaid Sumbatian and then in the class of the great maestro Henrich
Neuhaus. He graduated from the conservatory and did a post-graduate course
under the guidance of his late professor’s son, an outstanding pianist
himself, Stanislas Neuhaus.
Thanks to Kraïnev’s first prizes at the
international competitions in Leeds, England (1962) and in Lisbon,
Portugal (1963), as well as his brilliant victory at the IV International
Tchaikovsky Contest in Moscow (1970) the music world discovered a new name.
His performances with famous orchestras, eminent conductors and
outstanding soloists all over the world won to Vladimir Kraïnev the
reputation of one of the best musicians of our time. It was to him that
Alfred Schnitke dedicated one of his piano concertos.
One can hardly name a
distinguished musical stage all over the world where Kraïnev never
performed. Annual Vladimir Kraïnev Invites Festival takes place in Kiev
(Ukraine). For 8 years now, series of concerts Vladimir Kraïnev, his
friends and his pupils have been taking place at the Big Hall of the
Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow (since 2002, under the title Vladimir
The desire to pass on to his pupils his artistic
knowledge has naturally become a new phase in his biography. Vladimir
Kraïnev is a professor at the Higher School of Music and Theatre in
Hanover (Germany). In his class he has young pianists from Russia and CIS,
France, Germany, China, Korea, Japan and other countries. While studying,
many of his pupils became laureates of prestigious international
In 1992, V. Kraïnev conducted in Kharkov the 1st
International Competition for Young Pianists, which became biannual
musical event. In 1994, he set up his International Charity Foundation in
Support of Young Pianists. Vladimir Kraïnev is a jury member of
international piano competitions in Leeds, Lisbon, Tokyo, Erevan,
Shanghai, Taiwan, of the Tchaikovsky Contest in Moscow and of the Chopin
Competition in Warsaw.
In 2002, he chaired the piano jury of the XII
International Tchaikovsky Contest. Vladimir Kraïnev lives in Hanover,
Germany. He is married to Tatiana Tarasova, the famous figure skating
coach who trained 8 Olympic Games winners.
Vladimir Kraïnev was conferred
the title of the National Artist of the URSS in 1990, he was the URSS
State Prize winner in 1986. He is a recipient of the Older of the Badge of
Honor (1980), of the Order of Merit before the Fatherland, Third Class
(2004). He won the State Prize of the Russian Federation in 2003. In 2004,
he was conferred the title of Honorary Citizen of Kharkov. Vladimir
Kraïnev is a member of the Russian Academy of Humanitarian Sciences and
Honorary Professor of the Shanghai Conservatory.