Igor Aptekarev

Игорь Николаевич Аптекарев

27 October 1910 – 1 November 1975

A student of Samuil Feinberg, Aptekarev graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1932 with the rare distinction of a gold medal. He continued postgraduate studies with Feinberg through 1934, and from 1935 - 41 taught at the Conservatory.

Unfortunately little is known about this pianist. Feinberg spoke of the colour and sonority of Aptekarev's playing. He was a noted exponent of modern music, including Feinberg's.

Of his recordings, perhaps the one best known is the Brahms Hungarian Dances on two pianos with Yakov Flier. He also recorded Sibelius's op. 5 Impromptus, pieces by Bartok, a couple transcriptions by Godowsky, a sonata by Arthur Bliss, some pieces by Alexander Gretchaninov and Samuel Maykapar, and a piano concerto and some chamber works by Georgi Mushel.