A Mind on the Move – Eldar Nebolsin Talks to Jeremy Siepmann
May 16, 2011
To be described in the press as the Sviatoslav Richter of your generation is a mixed blessing. There was, after all, no more legendary pianist in the whole of the 20th century. Eldar Nebolsin, happily, has borne the burden well. As his conversation, like his playing, makes clear, the comparison, while gratifying, is ultimately meaningless. The truth of the matter is, he is abundantly, and happily, the Eldar Nebolsin of his generation. His love and command of the piano are manifest, as is his love of music. And the former exists for him solely as a vehicle for the latter. Like all true artists, his imagination is perennially engaged. Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in 1974, he was trained both there and in Madrid, where he went to study with the celebrated Russian pianist and pedagogue Dmitri Bashkirov (for whom he continues to play, when time allows). I asked if he could recall a time when music wasn’t central to his life.