Roman Lebedev, 62, concert pianist, teacher

July 15, 2005

Roman Lebedev, a concert pianist and teacher, died of a heart attack July 8 at Sinai Hospital. The Mount Washington resident was 62.

Born in what is now St. Petersburg, Russia, he began his piano studies at the age of 6. At 14, he entered the Leningrad Music School for Talented Youth, and he received a master's degree and doctorate from the Leningrad Conservatory.

At the age of 25, he began to teach at the conservatory - remaining for 37 years as professor of solo piano.

He came to Baltimore in 1989 as a guest artist at what is now Towson University and settled here in 1992. As a Towson visiting professor he gave master classes and concerts and taught numerous students at a studio at his home. He was also on the faculty of Washington Conservatory of Music in the District of Columbia.

Services were held Sunday.

Surviving are his wife of 11 years, the former Saryana Kokotov; a daughter, Natalia Sheina of Helsinki, Finland; a stepdaughter, Sima Sherman of Los Angeles; a sister and step-brother in St. Petersburg; and two grandchildren. An earlier marriage ended in divorce.

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