Lubimov, Alexei, esteemed Russian pianist and fortepianist; b. Moscow, Sept. 16,1944. Following initial instruction at the Moscow Central Music School, he entered the Moscow Cons, in 1963 and studied with Neuhaus. He first attracted notice with his compelling performances of modern scores. In 1968 he gave the Moscow premieres of works by John Cage and Terry Riley, and subsequently championed the works of such masters as Schoenberg, Ives, Webern, Stockhausen, Boulez, and Ligeti, as well as many contemporary Russian composers. His interests were extensive, leading him to explore not only contemporary works but those from the standard repertoire as well as the early music repertoire for fortepiano. He made regular tours of Europe before making his North American debut as soloist with Andrew Parrott and the Classical Band in N.Y. in 1991.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire