Vladimir Krainev (b. 1944) is one of the most brilliantrepresentatives of the Russian piano school. His ascent to successbegan in his childhood years back in Kharkov. Years of study followedfirst at the Central Music School of Moscow and from 1962 at the Conservatoireunder Professor H. Neu-haus (the post-graduate course was completed under theguidance of his son - S. Neuhaus). Krainev's successful appearance atinternational competitions (first in 1963 - 1964 in Leeds and Lisbon) werefollowed by the first prize at the 4th International Tchaikovsky Competition(1970). That was the start of Krainev's extensive concert appearanceswhich brought him world-wide recognition. In 1976 for his concertprogrammes of 1973 - 1975 and great contribution to the aesthetic education ofyoung musicians Krainev was awarded the Lenin Komsomol prize, and in 1984 - thetitle of the RSFSR People's Artist.