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Today’s Memory – Nikita Magaloff

Nikita Magaloff

Nikita Magaloff

21 February 1912 – 26 December 1992

Nikita Magaloff was a Georgian-Russian pianist, born in Saint Petersburg to a Georgian noble family named Maghalashvili. Magaloff and his family left Russia in 1918 for Finland. His musical interest first stimulated by family friend Serge Prokofiev.

He was best known for his espousal of the music of Chopin, and was accustomed to perform the complete piano works in series of six recitals. He recorded the complete works – the first time anyone had done so.

His interpretations of Mendelssohn are also striking, finding a vein of melancholy that is often missed.

In 1949 Magaloff took over his friend and colleague Dinu Lipatti’s master class at the Geneva Conservatory (continued regular teaching until 1960). He toured in the United States, South America, Japan, Israel, South Africa, and throughout Europe including Russia and Scandinavia.

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