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Encyclopedia > Maxim Shostakovich

Maxim Dmitrievich Shostakovich (born May 10, 1938) is a Russian conductor and pianist. He was the second child of Dmitri Shostakovich and Nina Varzar. May 10 is the 130th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (131st in leap years). ... 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Conducting is the act of directing a musical performance by way of visible gestures. ... A pianist is a person who plays the piano. ... Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich ▶ (help· info) (Russian: , Dmitrij Dmitrievič Šostakovič) (September 25 [O.S. September 12] 1906) – August 9, 1975) was a Russian composer of the Soviet period. ...

Since 1975, he has conducted and popularised many of his father's lesser-known works. 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ...

He was educated at the Moscow and Leningrad Conservatories before becoming chief conductor of the Union Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra. In 1981 he emigrated to the US. After spells conducting the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra he returned to St. Petersburg. The Moscow Conservatory is a prominent music school in Russia. ... The St. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... United States may refer to: Places: United States of America SS United States, the fastest ocean liner ever built. ... The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (Chinese 香港管弦樂團 pinyin XiānggÇŽng GuÇŽnxián Yuètuán), commonly abbreviated HKPO 港樂, is the main symphonic orchestra in Hong Kong. ... Saint Petersburg (Russian: Санкт-Петербу́рг, English transliteration: Sankt-Peterburg), colloquially known as Питер (transliterated Piter), formerly known as Leningrad (Ленингра́д, 1924–1991) and Petrograd (Петрогра́д, 1914–1924), is a city located in Northwestern Russia on the delta of the river Neva at the east end of the Gulf of Finland...

Maxim is the dedicatee and first performer of his fathers Piano Concerto No. 2 (Op. 102 in F Major). The piece was written for his graduation from the Moscow Conservatoire.

He has a son, Dmitri Maximovich Shostakovich, who is a pianist. Dmitri is the spitting image of his grandfather, and has recorded the Second Piano Concerto (with his father conducting).

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Classical Net - Basic Repertoire List - Shostakovich (1228 words)
Shostakovich was considered promising by the conservatory staff; he was active as a student composer and wrote his First Symphony as a graduation piece in 1925.
Still, Shostakovich was disciplined by the cultural authorities on several occasions, particularly when all of the USSR's leading composers, including Serge Prokofiev, Aram Khachaturian, and Nicolai Myaskovsky, were denounced for "formalism," or decadent avant-gardism, in 1948; this coming after a period of war when artists had greater creative freedoms.
Shostakovich's music, a collection of works providing the landscape of a torn man, is baldly Russian in style, yet diverse.
Just how Soviet was Shostakovich's music? (1219 words)
Actually, it is Shostakovich's birth that is the focus this year: 2006 is the 100th anniversary of his birth, on Sept. 25, 1906, in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Volkov's claim is that Shostakovich operated like a yurodivy, or a Russian "holy fool." Under the surface of obedience (though sometimes poking out in plain view), his life and works are awash in irony and hidden criticism of the regime that, other than a few public slapdowns, afforded him respect and even privileged circumstances.
Maxim Shostakovich, the composer's son, has repeatedly stated that "Testimony" is Volkov's book about his father, not actually his father's words.
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