Famous Russian Composers

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 1 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Famous As: Composer of the Romantic period
Birthdate: May 7, 1840
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Votkinsk, Russia
Died: November 6, 1893

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was the first Russian composer to place Russian music on the international stage. Often described as a musician who transcended the stereotypes of classical Russian music, Tchaikovsky is credited with making the Western world take note of Russian music. Although he was criticized by the critics, his popularity among the public never faded.

 2 Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
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Famous As: Composer, Pianist & Conductor
Birthdate: June 17, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lomonosov, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: April 6, 1971

Four-time Grammy-winning Russian composer and pianist Igor Stravinsky is regarded as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. He is remembered for his ballets The Firebird, Petrushka, and The Rite of Spring. He broke the traditional flow of music and incorporated his own style.

 3 Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sergei Rachmaninoff
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: April 1, 1873
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Velikiy Novgorod
Died: March 28, 1943

Sergei Rachmaninoff was a Russian composer, conductor, and virtuoso pianist of the late Romantic period. Credited with exploring the expressive possibilities of the piano, Rachmaninoff's music continues to be featured in films. His four-year struggle with depression, which was followed by the critical failure of his Symphony No. 1, was depicted in the 2015 musical Preludes.

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 4 Dmitry Shostakovich

Dmitry Shostakovich
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: September 25, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg
Died: August 9, 1975

Dmitry Shostakovich was a Soviet and Russian pianist and composer. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's major composers, Shostakovich's music is characterized by ambivalent tonality, elements of the grotesque, and sharp contrasts. He composed 15 symphonies during his lifetime and most of his work came under Joseph Stalin.

 5 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 18, 1844
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tikhvin, Russia
Died: June 21, 1908

While he grew up listening to Russian folk songs and church music, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov later joined the navy with his brother. One of the legendary Russian composers known as The Mighty Handful, he is remembered for his pieces such as Flight of the Bumblebee from the opera Tsar Saltan.

 6 Modest Mussorgsky

Modest Mussorgsky
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 21, 1839
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Karevo, Russia
Died: March 28, 1881

Modest Mussorgsky was a Russian composer best remembered for being part of a renowned 19th-century Russian composers group known as The Five. An innovator of Russian music, Mussorgsky worked towards achieving a Russian musical identity that challenged the already established Western music, which was generally considered conventional at that time.

 7 Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich
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Famous As: One of the Russian major composer of the 20th century
Birthdate: September 25, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: August 9, 1975
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 8 Aleksandr Scriabin

Aleksandr Scriabin
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Famous As: Composer, Pianist
Birthdate: December 25, 1871
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: April 14, 1915

Russian composer and pianist Aleksandr Scriabin is considered one of the most innovative and controversial of early modern composers. Interested in music from an early age, he built pianos as a young man and didn’t take long to establish himself as a brilliant composer. Unfortunately, he died at the height of his career, at the age of just 43. 

 9 Timati

Timati
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Famous As: Rapper, Singer, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: August 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow
Born into an affluent Russian family, Timati initially studied economics but later drifted toward music. The hip-hop artist gained fame with the reality show Star Factory 4 and later released hits such as Welcome to St. Tropez. However, his song Moscow, deriding anti-government protestors, became the most-disliked Russian YouTube video.

 10 Mikhail Glinka

Mikhail Glinka
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: June 1, 1804
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yelninsky District, Smolensk Oblast, Russia
Died: February 15, 1857

Mikhail Glinka was a Russian composer who is considered the fountainhead of classical music in Russia. Glinka was the first Russian musician to achieve widespread acclaim within his own country. His compositions went on to influence subsequent generations of Russian composers, such as the members of The Five.

 11 Sviatoslav Richter

Sviatoslav Richter
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Famous As: Who is frequently regarded as one of the greatest pianists of all time
Birthdate: March 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zhytomyr, Ukraine
Died: August 1, 1997

 12 Daniil Trifonov

Daniil Trifonov
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: March 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

 13 Vladimir Ashkenazy

Vladimir Ashkenazy
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Famous As: Classical pianist, Conductor and Composer
Birthdate: July 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

 14 Anton Rubinstein

Anton Rubinstein
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: November 28, 1829
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ofatinti, Moldova
Died: November 20, 1894

 15 Alfred Schnittke

Alfred Schnittke
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: November 24, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Engels, Russia
Died: August 3, 1998

Born to German parents in Russia, composer Alfred Schnittke is remembered for his signature style of music, known as polystylism, which was characterized by its dark themes. A versatile musician, who also composed film scores, he was once banned from leaving the country by the Soviet authorities.

 16 Alexey Vorobyov

Alexey Vorobyov
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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Composer
Birthdate: January 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tula

 17 Alexander Glazunov

Alexander Glazunov
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: August 10, 1865
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: March 21, 1936

 18 Mily Balakirev

Mily Balakirev
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Famous As: composer, conductor, educationist, musicologist
Birthdate: December 31, 1836
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod
Died: May 29, 1910

 19 Arkady Kobyakov

Arkady Kobyakov
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Famous As: Singer, Composer
Birthdate: June 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Novgorod, Russia
Died: September 19, 2015

 20 Sofia Gubaidulina

Sofia Gubaidulina
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: October 24, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chistopol, Russia

 21 Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov

Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 18, 1883
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Plakhino, Russia
Died: July 8, 1946

 22 Cesar Cui

Cesar Cui
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Famous As: Composer, Music Critic
Birthdate: January 18, 1835
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
Died: March 26, 1918

Cesar Cui was a Russian composer best remembered for his association with a group called The Five, which worked to create a national style of classical music. Also a well-known music critic of his time, Cui worked hard to promote the music of other Russian composers, especially the works of his co-members from The Five.

 23 Alexander Gradsky

Alexander Gradsky
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kopeysk, Russia

 24 Igor Krutoy

Igor Krutoy
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Famous As: Composer, Record producer
Birthdate: July 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Haivoron, Ukraine

 25 Dmitry Kabalevsky

Dmitry Kabalevsky
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: December 30, 1904
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: February 14, 1987

 26 Nikolai Medtner

Nikolai Medtner
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 5, 1880
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: November 13, 1951

 27 Alexandr Griboyedov

Alexandr Griboyedov
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: January 15, 1795
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: February 11, 1829

Russian playwright Alexandr Griboyedov is best remembered for his comedy Gore ot uma, or Woe from Wit. He participated in the Decembrist revolt and even got arrested once. He was the Russian Ambassador to Iran and died at the hands of an Iranian mob during an attack on the embassy.

 28 Reinhold Glière

Reinhold Glière
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 11, 1875
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine
Died: June 23, 1956

 29 Nikolai Kapustin

Nikolai Kapustin
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: November 22, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Horlivka, Ukraine
Died: July 2, 2020

 30 Sonya Belousova

Sonya Belousova
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

 31 Mikhail Pletnev

Mikhail Pletnev
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: April 14, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Arkhangelsk, Russia

 32 Maxim Fadeev

Maxim Fadeev
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kurgan, Russia

 33 Oleg Gazmanov

Oleg Gazmanov
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 22, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gusev, Russia

 34 Georgy Sviridov

Georgy Sviridov
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: December 16, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fatezh, Russia
Died: January 6, 1998

 35 Serge Koussevitzky

Serge Koussevitzky
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: July 26, 1874
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vyshny Volochyok, Russia
Died: June 4, 1951

 36 Boris Grebenshchikov

Boris Grebenshchikov
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

 37 Leonid Agutin

Leonid Agutin
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Famous As: Singer, Composer
Birthdate: July 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 38 Nikolai Rubinstein

Nikolai Rubinstein
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Famous As: composer, pianist, conductor, musician
Birthdate: February 14, 1835
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow
Died: March 23, 1881

 39 Nikolai Myaskovsky

Nikolai Myaskovsky
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 20, 1881
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Russia
Died: August 8, 1950

 40 Konstantin Meladze

Konstantin Meladze
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Famous As: Composer, Record producer
Birthdate: May 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Batumi, Georgia

 41 Yegor Letov

Yegor Letov
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Famous As: Poet, Composer
Birthdate: September 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Omsk, Russia
Died: February 19, 2008

 42 Eduard Artemyev

Eduard Artemyev
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Famous As: Composer, Film score composers
Birthdate: November 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Novosibirsk, Russia

 43 Anton Arensky

Anton Arensky
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Famous As: composer, conductor, music educator, university teacher
Birthdate: July 12, 1861
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Veliky Novgorod
Died: February 12, 1906

 44 Sergey Taneyev

Sergey Taneyev
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: November 25, 1856
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vladimir, Russia
Died: June 19, 1915

 45 Hans Pfitzner

Hans Pfitzner
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: May 5, 1869
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: May 21, 1949

 46 Vasily Kalinnikov

Vasily Kalinnikov
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 13, 1866
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Russia
Died: January 11, 1901

 47 Andrey Makarevich

Andrey Makarevich
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Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthdate: December 11, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 48 Vernon Duke

Vernon Duke
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: October 10, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vilna Governorate, Russia
Died: January 16, 1969

 49 Anatoly Lyadov

Anatoly Lyadov
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: May 12, 1855
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: August 28, 1914

 50 Galina Ustvolskaya

Galina Ustvolskaya
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Famous As: Classical composer
Birthdate: June 17, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg
Died: December 22, 2006