Wladimir Putin Awarded Rodion Shchedrin an Order for the Merit of the Motherland

The Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded  the composer Rodion Shchedrin for its great contribution to the development of Russian musical art and many years of creative work with the "Order for Services to the Fatherland", second class.

The reported the Kremlin press yesterday, Tuesday.

The People's Artist of the USSR and composer Rodion Shchedrin was born on 16 December 1932 in Moscow into a family of musicians. In 1955 he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory. From 1965 to 1969 he taught there. Later he took over leadership posts in the Composers' Union. Often he was the interpreter of his own works, for example, at the piano.

He wrote the operas comes "Love is not alone", "Dead Souls", the ballet "The Little Humpbacked Horse", "Carmen Suite", "Anna Karenina", "The Seagull", "Lady with little dog" and many other works.

The leading roles in a number of ballets he composed for his wife Maya Plisetskaya.