Dmitry Shostakovich (Шостакович) was a Soviet Russian composer whose symphonies and quartets are among the greatest examples of these classic forms from the 20th century.
Born in 1906, in St. Petersburg, Russia, he was the second of three children of Dmitri Boleslavovich Shostakovich, a chemical engineer, and Sofia Kokaoulina, a pianist.
The Seventh "Leningrad" Symphony, which Shostakovich started composing during the Nazi aerial and artillery attacks during the siege, was the masterpiece that won him national and international recognition. His music helped lift the spirits of Leningrad citizens in a time when they were struggling to survive.
On August 9, 1942, a performance of Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony took place in Leningrad. It was broadcast live from the Radio Hall in Leningrad, so millions of civilians and defenders of the besieged city were able to hear the powerful music.
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