Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov

Film score, Composer

1936 –


Who is Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov?

Vyacheslav Aleksandrovich Ovchinnikov is a Russian composer who has authored works for chamber, solo instruments and the symphony orchestra.

He began composing at age 9 and entered the Moscow Conservatory at 15. Later he studied with Tikhon Khrennikov and Lev Ginzburg. He has composed symphonies and symphonic poems.

Outside his native country he is best known as a composer of music for such films as War and Peace, the 1966-67 film series directed by Sergei Bondarchuk, Ivan's Childhood and Andrei Rublev for Andrei Tarkovsky. He has composed for some 40 films in total. Tarkovsky is said to have been so impressed by Ovchinnikov that he stated "I cannot imagine a better composer for myself than Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov."

Ovchinnikov also had a successful career as a touring conductor from the 1970s. He has recorded for Melodiya, the Russian record company. He was also a professor at the University of Kansas from 1990 to 1991.

Ovchinnikov was named a People's Artist of Russia in 1986. For the 60th birthday of Queen Sirikit of Thailand, he was commissioned to compose The Bouquet for the Queen. For that work he was awarded the Order of the White Elephant.

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May 29, 1936
Also known as
  • V. Ovchinnikov
  • Vyacheslav Aleksandrovich Ovchinnikov
  • Russia
  • Soviet Union

on July 23, 2013


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