The name of Vera Vasilievna Gornostaeva is familiar to the whole musical world. A wonderful musician, an amazing teacher, a delicate and intelligent person, Gornostaeva is especially well known to the pupils of the Moscow State Conservatory. It was within the walls of this educational institution that Vera Vasilievna spent most of her life. Among the graduates of the piano faculty there are many of her musical “children” and “grandchildren”, people who are fortunate enough to learn from Gornostaeva and to communicate with her.
Vera Gornostaeva was born in Moscow in an intelligent family. Her father was an engineer-economist, her mother was a music teacher, a graduate of the conservatory. Needless to say, young Vera received her first piano lessons at home. Mother closely followed the girl’s musical development and soon gave her to the Central Music School. There, Gornostaeva studied with Ekaterina Klavdievna Nikolaeva, whom she later remembered all her life with warmth and gratitude. And ten years later, Vera Gornostaeva fell into the hands of Heinrich Gustavovich Neuhaus himself.
During the years of postgraduate study, Vera Gornostaeva began her teaching career. She worked in one of the children's music schools in Moscow, a little later - at the Gnesins Institute. And a few years after graduating from the conservatory, Gornostaeva again returned to her native walls - already as a teacher.
The connection of Vera Vasilievna with the Moscow Conservatory is deep, strong, and vital. After all, her mother at one time studied in these walls. There, the pianist received education and upbringing, formed as a multifaceted creative person. She decided to devote this whole life to this place. Whenever she was offered to go to work in other music institutions (and she was offered many times, moreover, the best world universities), she was surprised:
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In an interview, Gornostaeva said that it was pedagogy that formed the real musician in her. After several years of teaching, Gornostaeva felt that now she really had something to say to the listener through music.
She began to give regular concerts, go on tour, record records.
The music performed by Gornostaeva is always filled with depth and significance. In the game of Vera Vasilievna there is no emphasized emotionality, no love for external effects, no desire to shine with technology. In no case. Gornostaeva is always calm and immersed in music.
Extraordinary, with his own creative style, V.V. Gornostaeva, both in life and on stage, always led people to music, and only to it alone.
Creative features of Vera Gornostaeva
Professionalism in art is a means by which a person reveals his inner world. And the content of this inner world we always feel in the collection of poems, and in the play of the playwright, and in the solo concert of the pianist. You can hear the level of culture, taste, emotionality, intelligence, character.
The game of Gornostaeva herself is an excellent confirmation of this statement. Indeed, a lot can be heard in her performance. Not only and not so much power, vividness of performance, phrasing, chord and small technique as the subtle mind of the performer, her aristocracy, intelligence, sophistication ... The best in Gornostaeva's performance is musical expressiveness.
In his game, Gornostaeva fully realizes his performing abilities. The piano unquestioningly submits to every movement of her hand. Someone in the game of Ermine may not have enough power pressure, energy, a storm of emotions. This is really not in her. But there are surprisingly subtle emotional experiences, shades and midtones.
Most of all, Gornostaeva succeeds in lyrical-contemplative music, a broad, brooding cantilena. For example, the sound of the second part of Beethoven's “Pathetic Sonata” performed by Gornostaeva is approaching an absolute ideal. But the stormy, rich music played on fortissimo impresses a little less.
The piano language of Vera Gornostaeva is rich and metaphorical, not only music is heard in her music - the pianist’s play reveals to the listener many images behind the sound, affects figuratively associative spheres, makes one think, feel, experience, look at the world through a musical prism.