Russian pianist and teacher Vera Gornostayeva was born on 1 October 1929. She studied with Heinrich Neuhaus at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and she later taught at this same institution.
Her performing career included making many recordings of piano music by Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Liszt, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Schubert, Schumann, Scriabin, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.
Her piano pupils included about fifty prize winners of international competitions, and she also gave masterclasses in many countries, lectured on radio and TV and published articles and books.
Vera Gornostayeva died on 19 January 2015, aged eighty-five..