Vladimir Shainsky

Vladimir Yakovlevich Shainsky (Russian: Владимир Яковлевич Шаинский, IPA: [vlɐˈdʲimʲɪr ʂɐˈinskʲɪj]; 12 December 1925 – 25 December 2017) was a Soviet and Russian composer.[1] He was a recipient of the People's Artist of the RSFSR (1986).

Владимир Яковлевич Шаинский
Vladimir Shainsky
Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Shainsky, December 2005.jpg
Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Shainsky. Kremlin, 2005.
Vladimir Yakovlevich Shainsky

(1925-12-12)December 12, 1925
DiedDecember 25, 2017(2017-12-25) (aged 92)
Years active1949 — 2013
TitlePeople’s Artist of the RSFSR (1986)


Shainsky was born in Kiev to a Jewish family. He first studied violin at the music school in Kiev. His studies there were interrupted in 1941 by the World War II, when his family was evacuated to Tashkent, Uzbek SSR. He continued his musical education at the Tashkent Conservatory, until he was enlisted in the Red Army. After the war he entered Moscow Conservatory, which he graduated as a violinist. In the 1950s Shainsky played in Leonid Utyosov's orchestra, taught students, and worked as a music manager at various dance orchestras. He later studied composition in Baku conservatory. His first compositional works were a string quartet, created in 1963 during his studies in Baku conservatory, and a symphony, written in 1965.

During his career as a composer, Shainsky wrote a great number of works for children. He created music and songs for cartoons such as Cheburashka, Katerok, Mamontenok and Kroshka Enot; also for films, including Breakfast on the Grass, Aniskin and Fantomas, Aniskin Again, School Waltz, Finest, the brave Falcon; and for musicals. He wrote many songs, such as A Soldier is Walking in the Town, Russia's Little Corner, White Birch, Smile, Clouds, A Dog is Lost, Crocodile Gena's Song, True thrushes[2] Shainsky has also authored numerous songs in the Yiddish language,[3] still popular with the klezmer orchestras. Shainsky has been awarded numerous awards, including the USSR State Prize (1981), People's Artist of the RSFSR (1986)[4] of the Russian SFSR title (1986), Order of Friendship (1996). He is a multiple prizewinner of the Russian (formerly Soviet) Song of the Year festival (since 1971) and was a member of the political party United Russia.[5]

Shainsky was ill with stomach cancer and underwent several operations.[6] He died at 2 am on the Christmas Day, at the age of 92, after a long illness at the San Diego Hospital in California, United States.[7][8]


  1. ^ Обращение деятелей культуры, науки, представителей общественности в связи с приговором, вынесенным бывшим руководителям НК ЮКОС
  2. ^ Emil Gorovets - True thrushes.
  3. ^ Look up artist Shainsky, Vladimir
  4. ^ Эстрада в России. XX век: энциклопедия.: Olma Media Group, 2004. — 861 с. — С. 738 ISBN 5-224-04462-6
  5. ^ Звёзды эстрады на партийной службе.
  6. ^ У больного раком Владимира Шаинского нет денег на американских врачей
  7. ^ "Раскрыты подробности смерти Шаинского". Lenta.ru. 2017-12-26. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  8. ^ Звёзды советской и российской эстрады скорбят по Владимиру Шаинскому.

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