Nahum Shtarkaman was born in Ukraine. When he was eight years old he started to practice lhc piano at Kiev Special Musical School. Being eleven years old Nahum Shtarkman played for the first time Mendelssohn's Concerto in G minor with the orchestra of Kiev Radio. The pianist was twelve when he played his first solo recital In two parts in the Big Hall of the Kiev Conservatory.

In 1944 Shtarkman entered the Moscow Conservatoire where he became the student of the outstanding Russian musician Professor Konstantin Igumnov.

In 1949 he was taken on by the contest into Moscow Philharmonic as a pianist-solist.

In 1955 Nahum Shtarkman became a laureate of the Fifth lnternational Chopin Competition in Warsaw. In 1957 he won the First Prize and the Gold Medal at the First International Viana da Motta Competition in Lisbon. In 1958 the pianist won the Third Prize and the Bronze Medal at the First Inlernational Tchaikovsky Competition.

Nahum Shtarkman combines concert activity with pedagogical practice as a Professor of the Moscow Conservatoire.

His touring in Italy, Spane, Poland, Germany, Japan and many other countries was great success.


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