Remembering the Great Leonid Kogan, Gone Today in 1982 – Aged Just 58


Legendary Soviet violinist Leonid Kogan died on this day in 1982, 31 years ago – aged just 58.

A protege of Abram Yampolsky, he was a former 1st Prize winner at the 1951 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition – and is remembered in history as one of the greatest representatives of the Soviet School.

He died from a sudden heart attack on a train near the city of Mytishchi, Russia – whilst travelling between Moscow and Yaroslavl to perform a concert with his son, conductor and violinist Pavel Kogan.

[video_lightbox_youtube video_id="L4x8DTjFCc0" width="590" height="385" auto_thumb="1" ]Leonid Kogan | Beethoven Violin Concerto | Froment | National Orchestra of the ORTF | 1966