Inspired by history and folklore, Russian music is one of the most powerful and beautiful melody-type that is drenched in culture, heritage and traditions. Its astonishingly rich and creative orchestral sound separates it from the rest of Europe. While classical Russian music is deep-embedded and sophisticated, the advancement in society has seen music types such as pop, jazz, rock, metal, punk, rap and techno acquire an enormous place in Russian music. However, the greatness of Russian music hadn’t been half that it is today without Russian musicians, who through their creative outpouring and inventive orchestration, helped Russian music become a paradigm of prominence in the world music forum. And while talking about Russian musicians, one cannot really exempt from mentioning five influential Russian musical nationalists, popularly known as The Five or The Mighty Handful who dominated the Romantic period of music. These include Mily Balakirev, Alexander Borodin, César Cui, Modest Mussorgsky and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Some of the most popular 20th and 21st century Russian musicians include Lera Auerbach, Yury G Chernavsky, Leonid Desyatnikov, Aleksandr Lokshin and Alla Pavlova. Browse through this section to get details of the life and works of famous Russian musicians and composers. Get drenched in their symphonies and master works.
Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
07 May 1840
Sergei RachmaninoffSergei Rachmaninoff
01 April 1873

Oksana GrigorievaOksana Grigorieva
23 February 1970

02 September 1989
Record Producer

19 February 1971

Nikolai RimskyNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
18 March 1844
Modest MussorgskyModest Mussorgsky
21 March 1839

Mikhail GlinkaMikhail Glinka
01 June 1804

Alfred SchnittkeAlfred Schnittke
24 November 1934

Dmitry ShostakovichDmitry Shostakovich
25 September 1906
Aleksandr BorodinAleksandr Borodin
12 November 1833
Composer, Chemist

Cesar CuiCesar Cui
18 January 1835
Composer, Writer and Critic
Aleksandr ScriabinAleksandr Scriabin
06 January 1872
Russian Symbolist Composer

Irving BerlinIrving Berlin
11 May 1888
Street artist, Composer, Pianist, Songwriter,

Dmitri ShostakovichDmitri Shostakovich
24 September 1906
Viktor TsoiViktor Tsoi
21 June 1962
Poet, Actor, Singer, Guitarist, Composer,

Alexander ScriabinAlexander Scriabin
06 January 1872
Composer, Pianist, University teacher
Eduard KhilEduard Khil
04 September 1934

Alexander BorodinAlexander Borodin
12 November 1833
Composer, Chemist

15 August 1983
Rapper, Singer, Record producer, Composer
Nadezhda TolokonnikovaNadezhda Tolokonnikova
07 November 1989

Vladimir VysotskyVladimir Vysotsky
25 January 1938
Vladimir AshkenazyVladimir Ashkenazy
06 July 1937
Pianist, Conductor, Composer

Evgeny KissinEvgeny Kissin
10 October 1971

Anton RubinsteinAnton Rubinstein
28 November 1829
Composer, Pianist, Conductor, Musicologist, Music

Dima BilanDima Bilan
24 December 1981
Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Poet, Model
Philipp KirkorovPhilipp Kirkorov
30 April 1967
Actor, Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Singer,
Mstislav RostropovichMstislav Rostropovich
27 March 1927
Cellist, Conductor

Sergey LazarevSergey Lazarev
01 April 1983
Actor, Opera singer, Musician, Singer

Valery GergievValery Gergiev
02 May 1953

Mily BalakirevMily Balakirev
31 December 1836
composer, conductor, educationist, musicologist
Grigory LepsGrigory Leps
16 July 1962
Singer-songwriter, Singer

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Olga SeryabkinaOlga Seryabkina
12 April 1985
Singer, Songwriter

Alexander GlazunovAlexander Glazunov
10 August 1865
Composer, Choreographer, Conductor, Educationist,

Sofia GubaidulinaSofia Gubaidulina
24 October 1931

Alexey VorobyovAlexey Vorobyov
19 January 1988
Singer, Actor, Composer
Elena TemnikovaElena Temnikova
18 April 1985

Emil GilelsEmil Gilels
19 October 1916
26 August 1976
Singer, Composer, Poet, Singer-songwriter

Alexander Vasilyevich AlexandrovAlexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov
01 April 1883
composer, conductor, choir director, music

Grigory SokolovGrigory Sokolov
18 April 1950
07 June 1986
Singer, Actor

Bulat OkudzhavaBulat Okudzhava
09 May 1924
Screenwriter, Poet, Actor, Singer, Writer,
Reinhold GlièreReinhold Glière
11 January 1875

Boris GrebenshchikovBoris Grebenshchikov
27 November 1953
Actor, Poet, Singer, Writer, Composer, Radio

Maxim FadeevMaxim Fadeev
06 May 1968
Singer, Composer, Poet, Songwriter, Record

Rodion ShchedrinRodion Shchedrin
16 December 1932
Composer, Pianist, Music educator, Librettist,

Mikhail PletnevMikhail Pletnev
14 April 1957
Composer, Pianist, Conductor
Denis MatsuevDenis Matsuev
11 June 1975

Alexander GradskyAlexander Gradsky
03 November 1949
Composer, Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist,

Georgy SviridovGeorgy Sviridov
03 December 1915
composer, pianist

Nikolai RubinsteinNikolai Rubinstein
14 February 1835
composer, pianist, conductor, musician
Sergei TaneyevSergei Taneyev
25 November 1856
composer, musicologist, music educator, music

Anton ArenskyAnton Arensky
12 July 1861
composer, conductor, music educator, university
10 June 1983
Singer, Composer, Record producer

Vernon DukeVernon Duke
10 October 1903

Sati KazanovaSati Kazanova
02 October 1982
Singer, Model
Marina LizorkinaMarina Lizorkina
09 June 1983
Painter, Singer

Anastasia KarpovaAnastasia Karpova
02 November 1984
Sergey ProkofievSergey Prokofiev
23 April 1891

Dmitri Borisovich KabalevskyDmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky
30 December 1904

Andrei Yakovlevich EshpaiAndrei Yakovlevich Eshpai
15 May 1925