These photographs were taken in honor of Dmitri Shostakovich, a composer whose legendary career spanned more than half a century. These photographs trace Shostakovich’s life, from his birthplace, St. Petersburg to Moscow and the surrounding suburbs. Images include; the composer's first residence on Marata Street, and the cinema where he played as a piano student and provided the "soundtracks" for silent movies. Shostakovich was still a 19-year-old student at the Leningrad Conservatory in 1925, when he wrote his First Symphony. Shostakovich became a national figure and soon thereafter internationally famous.
This exhibition also includes portraits of Shostakovich's family, colleagues and friends. These portraits are of Shostakovich’s son Maxim with his children; his daughter Galina; Shostakovich's composition student Boris Ivanovich Tischenko, and Shostakovich’s great friend, former composition student at the Moscow Conservatory, and now legendary cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich.
Maxim Shostakovich, son at the Shostakovich Saint Petersburg Academic Philharmonia
Galina Shostakovich, Daughter in Repino, a suburb of Saint Petersburg
Irina Shostakovich, Shostakovich’s widow, in their Moscow apartment
Mstislav Rostropovich, student and friend of Shostakovich, world renowned cellist and conductor
Boris Tischenko, student, famed composer and teacher
Maxim Shostakovich & Maxim Shostakovich, son and grandson
Masha Shostakovich, grand daughter
Marata Street 9, Shostakovich lived here with his family in 1920s and 1930s
Marata Street 9
Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, founded in 1862; graduates of the Conservatory include Peter Tchaikovsky, Sergey Prokofiev, Dmitry Shostakovich,
Yevgeny Mravinsky, Ilya Musin, Georgy Sviridov, Sergey Slonomsky, Boris Tischenko, Yelena Obraztsova, Yury Temirkanov, Vladislav Tchernushenko,
Irina Bogacheva, Anatoly Nikitin, Ekaterina Murina, Viktor Sumerkin, Yury Marusin, Anna Netrebko, Olga Borodina, Vasily Gerello,
Valery Gergiev, and many other outstanding musicians.
The “Barricada” Cinema (As a piano student in 1923, Shostakovich provide the “soundtracks” for the silent movies.
Later in life, he composed numerous formal scores for movies).
Bolshaia Pushkarskaia Street 37 (Shostakovich began to compose his Seventh Symphony here in July of 1941)
Mussorgsky Opera and Ballet Theater (also known as the Leningrad Maly Theatre). Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District
(First performed here on January 22, 1934. Despite this early success, Lady Macbeth was also the source of criticism of Shostakovich’s music
by the Communist Party in early 1936. Many people know the opera primarily for its role in the history of censorship.)
Komarovo, summer-resort village, located on the Karelian Isthmus on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, about 45 kilometers northwest of
Saint Petersburg, summer residence “dacha” of Shostakovich family in 1947 & 1948.
Zhukovka, residence #5, a suburb of Moscow where the Shostakovich family had summer vacations, also where he finished his 8th quartet in 1960.
Repino, Composer’s Union Resort, cottage # 20, located on the Karelian Isthmus on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, about 30 kilometers
northwest of Saint Petersburg, one of Shostakovich’s favorite places to rest and work. Shostakovich traveled to Repino every year from 1961 until 1975.
Here he wrote the 14th quartet in 1973.
Saint Petersburg Academic Philharmonia named after Dmitri Shostakovich, also known as Saint Petersburg Symphony Hall,
and where Shostakovich’s famous Seventh Symphony premiered in 1942.
Volkovskoe Cemetery in Saint Petersburg, grave of Sofia Vasilievna Shostakovich, Shostakovich’s mother.