The esteemed Russian pianist, pedagogue, and composer, Tatiana Nikolayeva, began playing the piano at the age of three. She began her formal piano training with Alexander Goldenweiser at Moscow's Central Music School, continuing as his pupil at the Moscow Conservatory, graduating in 1947. She also studied composition there with Evgeny Golubev, graduating in 1950. She retained her close connection with the Moscow Conservatoire all her life. Indeed, her name was inscribed twice on the marble Roll of Honor.
Tatiana Nikolayeva was a remarkably gifted virtuoso. She built up a phenomenal volume of repertoire, ranging from Bach to Béla Bartók and beyond. Her interpretation of Bach on record won great critical acclaim. Whilst others used so-called 'original' instruments, Nikolayeva preferred to play Bach on a modern Steinway - always with great success. She made over 50 recordings during her career, notably keyboard works by Bach, including his Art of Fugue (BWV 1080) and Goldberg Variations (BWV 988 - 5 recordings!).