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Sad news: ‘Greatest living pianist’ loses his wife

We hear from Russian musicians that the fabled pianist Grigory Sokolov is in mourning for the death of his wife. Revered by his peers, the despair of promoters, Sokolov, 63, last performed in August and has no concerts presently scheduled.

Little is known of his domestic circumstances except that his wife was also his cousin’s widow.

We send him our condolences.

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UPDATE

We have been sent this account of the Sokolov family connections:

Grigory Sokolov’s grandfather was Hirsh Sokolov.

His elder son was Ilya Sokolov, who married Sofia Zviagina and their son was Alexander Sokolov (1932-1996).

His younger son was Lipman Sokolov, who married Galina Zelenetzkaya and their son is the famous pianist Grigory Sokolov, born in 1950.

 

Thus Grigory and Alexander are cousins.

 

Alexander Sokolov married Inna Shtutin (daughter of Yakov Shtutin and his wife Ida Richterman) and their daughter Marina Sokolov was born in 1959.

Alexander Sokolov died in 1996 and his widow Inna married much later the famous pianist Grigory Sokolov, her late husband’s cousin.

 

You can find all the information about the family trees in internet here:

 

Grandfather Hirsh Sokolov: http://www.rogev.com/berner/124.htm

His first son Ilya: http://www.rogev.com/berner/122.htm

His second son Lipman: http://www.rogev.com/berner/125.htm

Grandson Alexander Sokolov, son of Ilya: http://www.rogev.com/berner/53.htm

Grandson Grigory Sokolov, son of Lipman: http://www.rogev.com/berner/130.htm

Inna Sokolov, neé Shtutin: http://www.rogev.com/berner/54.htm

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Comments

  1. His aunt? Really? I thought it was illegal in most counties to marry your aunt.

    • How about if the “aunt” is the ex-wife of a parent’s brother? Not a blood relation then.

      • No aunt at all. She was first married to his cousin Alexander Sokolov, who was a bassoon in the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra under Mravinsky.

  2. According to his management, he has the following concerts scheduled:
    30/01/14 – 20:45 BARI Teatro Petruzzelli IT
    04/02/14 – 21:00 Mestre Teatro Toniolo IT
    06/02/14 – 20:00 INNSBRUCK Saal Tirol AT
    10/02/14 – 21:00 FIRENZE Teatro della Pergola IT
    14/02/14 – 20:00 BREMEN Die Glocke DE
    22/02/14 – 20:00 DUSSELDORF Tonhalle DE
    24/02/14 – 20:00 HAMBURG Laeiszhalle DE
    26/02/14 – 20:00 FRANKFURT Alte Oper DE
    03/03/14 – 21:00 GENOVA Teatro Carlo Felice IT
    06/03/14 – 20:30 Barcelona Palau de la Musica ES

    • He’s playing in Toulouse, too. Not sure when, though.

      • 26th of May in Toulouse.. here is the full list from his management’s website ( http://www.amcmusic.com/en/concerts-2/grigory-sokolov-concerti-2/ )

        Date City Venue Country
        30/01/14 – 20:45 BARI Teatro Petruzzelli IT
        04/02/14 – 21:00 Mestre Teatro Toniolo IT
        06/02/14 – 20:00 INNSBRUCK Saal Tirol AT
        10/02/14 – 21:00 FIRENZE Teatro della Pergola IT
        14/02/14 – 20:00 BREMEN Die Glocke DE
        22/02/14 – 20:00 DUSSELDORF Tonhalle DE
        24/02/14 – 20:00 HAMBURG Laeiszhalle DE
        26/02/14 – 20:00 FRANKFURT Alte Oper DE
        03/03/14 – 21:00 GENOVA Teatro Carlo Felice IT
        06/03/14 – 20:30 Barcelona Palau de la Musica ES
        08/03/14 – 20:30 OVIEDO Tbc ES
        10/03/14 – 19:30 MADRID Auditorium Nacional ES
        12/03/14 – 20:30 ROMA Auditorium Parco della Musica IT
        16/03/14 – 19:00 Lisbon Gulbenkian Aud PT
        18/03/14 – 21:00 PORTO Casa da Musica PT
        20/03/14 – 20:00 Ludwigshafen Basf-Feierabendhaus DE
        27/03/14 – 20:00 FREIBURG Grosse Saal DE
        29/03/14 – 20:00 MUNICH Herkulessaal DE
        02/04/14 – 21:00 MILANO Sala Verdi Conservatorio IT
        04/04/14 – 20:00 VENEZIA Teatro La Fenice IT
        07/04/14 – 20:00 KOLN Philharmonie DE
        09/04/14 – 20:00 BERLIN Philharmonie DE
        28/04/14 BUDAPEST Palace of Arts HU
        02/05/14 BERGAMO Teatro Donizetti IT
        09/05/14 – 20:15 GRONINGEN Tbc NL
        11/05/14 – 20:15 AMSTERDAM Concertgebouw NL
        13/05/14 – 20:15 ARNHEM Concert Hall NL
        14/05/14 – 20:15 ROTTERDAM Concertgebouw NL
        16/05/14 – 19:30 Zurich TONHALLE CH
        19/05/14 – 20:30 BOLOGNA Teatro Manzoni IT
        23/05/14 Brescia Teatro Grande IT
        26/05/14 – 20:00 TOULOUSE Halle aux Grains FR
        03/06/14 – 20:00 VALENCIA Palau de la Musica ES
        06/06/14 SCHWETZINGEN tbc DE
        14/06/14 – 20:00 BRUXELLES Bozar BE
        22/06/14 – 19:30 Basel Musiksaal Stadtcasino CH
        24/06/14 Bad Kissingen tbc DE

  3. It could be the first wife of his uncle, named his aunt.

  4. What happened to his date in Tavagnocco on Feb 27th?

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