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Tatiana Nikolaeva

Russian pianist and composer Tatiana Nikolaeva died Nov. 22 of a cerebral aneurism suffered during a recital. She was 69.

Nikolaeva, who died at California-Pacific Medical Center, was stricken at the Herbst Theater while performing Dmitri Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87, music with which she was associated since its premiere.

At the composer’s request, she performed the public premiere of the work in 1952.

She was a composer of works for full orchestra and chamber ensemble as well as for solo piano. Her most recent recording, for Japanese RCA Victor, is of her own piano transcription of Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.”

Funeral services will be held in Moscow, according to Jacques Leiser, the pianist’s U.S. manager. She is survived by a son.

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