Russian pianist Nikolai Petrov has died after suffering a massive stroke in May, officials said. He was 68.
The Moscow Times confirmed the Wednesday death of Petrov, a renowned performer, professor at the Moscow Conservatory and president of the Russian Academy of Arts.
"It is a huge loss for Russian culture," Interfax quoted Culture Ministry spokeswoman Natalya Uvarova as saying. "Petrov was a wonderful musician who made an enormous contribution to world performing culture."