Svjatoslav Teofilovich Richter (1915-1997) was a Russian-German pianist of world-renown. Richter is widely recognized as having been the greatest pianist of the 20th century; some consider him to be the greatest pianist of all times.
Richter was known for his immense repertoire that encompassed, with few exceptions, the entire pianistic literature.
His legendary perfection and the almost unbearable electric tension, catharsis and poetic transformation that his interpretations triggered within his audience.
His personality was greater than the possibilities offered to him by the piano, broader than the very concept of complete mastery of the instrument.