The Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation mourn the loss of Russian pianist, teacher, mentor and friend, Vera Gornostayeva (October 1, 1929 – January 19, 2015), who died after a brief hospitalization in Moscow. As a pianist during the Soviet era, Gornostayeva performed approximately 100 concerts annually. She mentored her students by presenting student recitals and inviting students to tour with her, teaching them the rigors of a concert pianist’s life. Well-known in Russia, she gained international fame only recently when she began to give master classes internationally. The six volume series entitled “Discovering a Legend”, produced on the LP Classics label from her live performances over her performing career, was so popular with Chicago radio audiences (WFMT) that the radio station altered its programming to play all six volumes on the day of her funeral (January 22, 2015).
As a teacher of more than 50 years at the Moscow Conservatory, with the title, “People’s Artist of Russia” Professor of Piano and Chair of the Piano Division, Vera Gornostayeva advanced the legacy of Russian pianism. Among her students who have been laureates in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions are her grandson, Lukas Geniušas, who placed second in the Young Artist Competition in 2005, returned to win the Gold Medal on his 20th birthday in the 2010 Artists Competition, and also went on to win the Silver Medal at the International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw; Vassily Primakov, who won the Silver Medal and Audience Prize in the 2002 Artists Competition; Vadym Kholodenko, who won the Bronze Medal in the 2006 Artists Competition and went on to win gold in the 14th Van Cliburn Competition (2013); and Andrey Gugnin, most recent Bachauer Artists Competition Gold Medal winner (2014).