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People’s Artist of the USSR (1980)

Andrey Petrov (1930, Leningrad – 2006, St. Petersburg)

He participated in the gala concerts of masters of arts of Russia and was invited to the “Star Hour” show many times. Andrey Petrov took part in the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” for the first time in 1996, when he was a chairperson of the jury of the International Contest of Young Performers of Pop Song “Vitebsk”. He headed the jury of the International Pop Song Performers Contest another time in 2003.

Andrey Petrovis the first recipient of “Through Art to Peace and Mutual Understanding” special award of the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and a Star on the Walk of Fame in Vitebsk (2005).

Andrey Petrov wasborn into a creative family. He graduated from the Leningrad Musical College named after Rimsky-Korsakov (1949) and the Leningrad State Conservatory of Music (1954).

He became popular as composer after his symphonic poem “Radda and Loiko” (1954).

In 1955, he joined the Union of Composers of the USSR, becoming the secretary of its Board in 1965.

In 1959, he received a silver medal for the vocal cycle “Simple Songs” at the World Festival in Vienna.

In 1967, he was awarded the State Prize of the USSR.

В1967, Andrey Petrovcomposed the operetta “We Want to Dance”. He turned to that genre later again, creating the musicals “Captain’s Daughter” and “The Blue Bird” with his daughter, O. Petrova.

The composer was awarded the State Prize of the USSR in 1976 for the music to the ballet “Creation of the World”, based on drawings by Jean Effel.

Andrey Petrovcomposed music to over 80 movies, including “The Amphibian Man” (1961), “I Step Through Moscow” (1963), “Light of a Remote Star” (1965), “Beware of the Car” (1966), “Zigzag of Luck” (1968), “White Bim Black Ear” (1976), “The Blue Bird” (1976), “Office Romance” (1977), “Garage” (1979), “Autumn Marathon” (1980), “Say a Word for a Poor Hussar” (1981), “A Cruel Romance” (1983), a TV series “Secrets of St. Petersburg” (1994), “Old Screws” (1999), “A Key to the Bedroom” (2003), “My Light”.

Awards and achievements:

-“Nika” National film award for the music to the film “Nebesa Obetovannye” (1992);

- State Prize of Russia for the symphony- fantasy “Master and Margarita” and a concert for piano and orchestra (1995);

- “Golden Aries” National prize and the award for the contribution to cinema art (1997);

- “Golden Ostap” award (1998);

- Prize of the President of the Russian Federation in literature and arts (1999);

- “Nika” National film award for the music to the film “Khrustalyov, My Car!”(2000, Russia, France);

- “Golden Eagle” statute and M.Tariverdiev prize for the music to the film “Poor, Poor Pavel” (2003). The film was in the film festival program of the International Festival of Art “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” in 2004.

- Honorary Prize of the Russian Authors Society for contribution to the development of science, culture and art.

Andrey PetrovisHonorary Professor of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, full member of the National Academy of Motion Picture Arts of Russia, Honorary Citizen of St. Petersburg.

He is Cavalier of the Order of Red Banner of Labour (1967), Lenin’s Order (1985), Gold Honorary decoration “Public Recognition” (2000), Order of Merit For the Fatherland of the III Degree (2005).

In 2006, he was awarded a special prize “Everlasting Spectators’ Love” at the film festival “Viva, Russian Cinema” (posthumously).

Andrey Petrovdied in St. Petersburg; he was buried in “Literatorskie Mostki”at the Volkhovskoe Cemetery on19 February 2006.