Rodion Shchedrin, great composer
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.
A virtuoso pianist, Shchedrin has often performed his own works, which include five concertos for piano and orchestra, sonatas and 24 preludes and fugues for piano.
In his opera Dead Souls (after Gogol) and the ballet Anna Karenina (after Tolstoy), he introduced classics of Russian literature to musical theatre.
His attraction to Russian folklore and folk music, Russian poetry and literature, is strongly evident in his oeuvre, making him a pre-eminently Russian composer with a voice that nevertheless speaks to all humankind.
Since 1989 Shchedrin is a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts.
On June 11–14, 2008 Shchedrin Days took place in Armenia with the participation of Shchedrin and Maya Plisetskaya as honorary guests.
The Plisetskaya-Shchedrin Foundation