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GENEVA, November 2 (Itar-Tass) — Alexander Rakhmaninov, the grandson of great Russian composer Sergei Rakhmaninov, died in Switzerland on Thursday at the age of 79, Russian pianist Denis Matsuyev told Itar-Tass by telephone.
Matsuyev, who was the artistic director of the Rakhmaninov Fund, was a friend of Alexander Rakhmaninov who died in a Berne hospital as a result of brain attack at 4 o’clock in the morning on Thursday.
“This is a terrible loss and shocking news. That man didn’t have any health problems. He looked younger than his age. He looked fresh, sportive, energetic and hot for his years. That was a blow under the belt for all of us,” Matsyuev said.
He added that he was supposed to have met Alexander Rakhmaninov in Warsaw on Saturday. “A regular concert will be held as part of the Rakhmaninov Gala project in Warsaw the day after tomorrow. But, unfortunately, Alexander Rakhmaninov will be unable to be there this time,” Matsuyev stressed.
It’s still unknown where the Russian composer’s grandson is going to be buried.