China’s foremost piano pedagogue, Zhou Guangren, passed away yesterday [6 March] in her home in Beijing. A living legend, Professor Zhou was born in Germany in 1928 and returned to China at the age of 5. Winning prizes in major competitions, her performing career broadened shortly thereafter into that of a piano professor at both the Shanghai and Beijing’s Central Conservatory, a teaching career that spanned seven decades and was instrumental in the development of some of China’s greatest pianists. I first met her after a concert I gave at the Central Conservatory in 2008, and then again following my performance of the 24 Preludes and Fugues of Shostakovich, Opus 87, at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing in 2015. A lady of grace, fiercely intelligent and tenacious in the face of life’s difficulties, may her memory be a blessing.