Rodion Shchedrin is a Russian composer and pianist, winner of the Lenin State Prize (1984), USSR State Prize (1972) and the State Prize of the Russian Federation (1992), a member of the Interregional Deputy Group (1989–1991).
Rodion was born on December 16, 1932 in Moscow into a family of composer and music theory teacher Konstantin Shchedrin and economist, music lover Konkordiya Shchedrina (nee Ivanova). Rodion’s first music teacher was his father.
In 1955 Shchedrin graduated from the Moscow Conservatory. His first major works were written in his early twenties.
In 1958 Rodion married great ballerina Maya Plisetskaya.