Sviatoslav Richter was born in 1915 and was taught by Heinrich Neuhaus. In the Soviet Union he gained a formidable reputation and premiered three of Prokofiev’s sonatas, winning the Stalin Prize in 1949. Following his first concerts in the West in 1960, audiences eagerly awaited each visit. Latterly Richter appeared on a regular basis at the Aldeburgh and Spoleto festivals and also at Tours giving not only solo recitals but also appearing alongside friends such as Britten, Rostropovich, Schreier, Oistrakh and Fournier. Sviatoslav Richter died in 1997 leaving a rich legacy of recordings, many of which are available on Regis.