P0262. TATIANA NIKOLAYEVA: Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Op.87, Nos. 11 – 16 (Shostakovich). (Russia) Melodiya 10 00074, recorded 1987. - 4600317000746
“Nikolayeva, who died in 1993, studied with Goldenweiser, and graduated in 1947. Her many recordings have established her as among the true Russian pianistic giants.”
- Alan Becker, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Jan./Feb., 2009
“In 1950 Nikolayeva gained prominence by winning the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition, part of the bicentennial marking Bach's death. More importantly, she met Dmitri Shostakovich at the competition, leading to a lifelong friendship, and was chosen as a first performer of Shostakovich's 24 Preludes and Fugues. Nikolayeva made three complete recordings of the cycle.
In 1959 Nikolayeva became a teacher at the Moscow Conservatory, later becoming professor in 1965. She made over 50 recordings during her career, notably keyboard works by Bach, including his ‘Art of the Fugue’, and by Beethoven, but only became widely known in the West late in life. With the fall of Communism, she found herself in demand internationally, making several concert tours to Europe and the United States. She also sat as a jury member on many international competitions, including the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1984 and 1987. She was known to have had an immense repertoire”