The celebrated pianist Mikhail Klein collapsed and died on stage at
the age of 72 while performing his own composition in his hometown of
Klein, who in 1987 was awarded the prestigious title of Honored
Artist of Russia, died at the foot of a grand piano of the Irkutsk
Philharmonic Orchestra on Tuesday before hundreds of people who had come
to hear him play, said the municipality of the Siberian city, situated
near Russia’s border with Mongolia.
Known in Russia and beyond for his renditions and interpretations of
works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms and
other great composers, Klein, who was Jewish, was also a prolific jazz
composer and enthusiast.
He was playing “This is all Russia,” a jazz composition that he wrote
featuring fragments of several famous Russian songs, before he