Famous Russian Composers

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 1 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.

 2 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.

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 3 Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: September 24, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg
Died: August 9, 1975

 4 Sergey Prokofiev

Sergey Prokofiev
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 23, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sontsovka, Ukraine
Died: March 5, 1953

 5 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Nikolai Rimsky
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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 Viktor Tsoi

Viktor Tsoi
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Famous As: Poet, Actor, Singer, Guitarist, Composer, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg
Died: August 15, 1990
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 8 Aleksandr Scriabin

Aleksandr Scriabin
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Famous As: Russian Symbolist Composer
Birthdate: January 6, 1872
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

 10 Alexander Borodin

Alexander Borodin
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Famous As: Composer, Chemist
Birthdate: November 12, 1833
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg
Died: February 27, 1887

 11 Dima Bilan

Dima Bilan
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 24, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ust-Dzheguta, Russia

 12 Vladimir Ashkenazy

Vladimir Ashkenazy
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Famous As: Pianist, Conductor, Composer
Birthdate: July 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod

 13 Anton Rubinstein

Anton Rubinstein
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Famous As: Composer, Pianist, Conductor, Musicologist, Music educator, University teacher
Birthdate: November 28, 1829
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vikhvatinets
Died: November 20, 1894

 14 Alexey Vorobyov

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

 15 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

 16 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

 17 Zemfira

Zemfira
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Poet, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 26, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ufa

 18 Sofia Gubaidulina

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

 19 Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov

Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov
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Famous As: composer, conductor, choir director, music educator
Birthdate: April 1, 1883
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Plakhino
Died: July 8, 1946

 20 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

 21 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.

 22 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

 23 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

 24 Mikhail Pletnev

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

 25 Maxim Fadeev

Maxim Fadeev
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Poet, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: May 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kurgan

 26 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

 27 Boris Grebenshchikov

Boris Grebenshchikov
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Famous As: Actor, Poet, Singer, Writer, Composer, Radio personality
Birthdate: November 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg

 28 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

 29 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

 30 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

 31 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

 32 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

 33 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

 34 MakSim

MakSim
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Record producer
Birthdate: June 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kazan

 35 Igor Markevitch

Igor Markevitch
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: July 27, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: March 7, 1983

 36 Ossip Gabrilowitsch

Ossip Gabrilowitsch
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: February 7, 1878
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: September 14, 1936

 37 Alexander Tcherepnin

Alexander Tcherepnin
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 21, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: September 29, 1977

 38 Aleksandr Grechaninov

Aleksandr Grechaninov
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: October 1, 1864
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: January 3, 1956

 39 Tikhon Khrennikov

Tikhon Khrennikov
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: June 10, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yelets, Russia
Died: August 14, 2007

 40 Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov

Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: November 19, 1859
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gatchina, Russia
Died: January 28, 1935

 41 Aleksandr Dargomyzhsky

Aleksandr Dargomyzhsky
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 14, 1813
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tula, Russia
Died: May 17, 1869

 42 Yevgeny Svetlanov

Yevgeny Svetlanov
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Famous As: Conductor
Birthdate: September 6, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: May 3, 2002

 43 Nikolai Tcherepnin

Nikolai Tcherepnin
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: May 15, 1873
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russia
Died: June 26, 1945

 44 Andrei Eshpai

Andrei Eshpai
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: May 15, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Koz'modem'yansk, Russia
Died: November 8, 2015

 45 Mikhail Matyushin

Mikhail Matyushin
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1861 AD
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Died: October 14, 1934

 46 Alexander Vustin

Alexander Vustin
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: April 19, 2020

 47 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

 48 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

 49 Igor Krutoy

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

 50 Leonid Agutin

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