Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (23 April 1891 – 5 March 1953) was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor who mastered numerous musical genres and came to be admired as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.
Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov (13 April 1883 — 8 July 1946) was a Russian Soviet composer, the founder of the Alexandrov Ensemble, who wrote the music for the national anthem of the Soviet Union, which, in 2001, became the anthem of Russia (with new lyrics). During his career, he also worked as a professor of the Moscow State Conservatory, and became a Doctor of Arts. His work was recognized by the awards of the title of People's Artist of the USSR and the Stalin Prize.
Tolibjon Sadikov (March 14, 1907 - 1957) was among the founders of professional music in Uzbekistan, as well as the composer of musical dramas, quartets, operas, and romances. Sadikov was born in Samarkand. From 1924-28, he studied at the Institute of Music and Choreography in Samarkand, where his teachers included leading Uzbek poets and composers, such as Sadriddun Ayni, Sergey Mironov and Viktor Uspensky.
Sofia Asgatovna Gubaidulina, (born October 24, 1931) is a Russian composer of half Russian, half Tatar ethnicity. Gubaidulina's music is marked by the use of unusual instrumental combinations. In In Erwartung, she combines percussion and saxophone quartet. She has written pieces for 17-stringed Japanese bass kotos and four 13-stringed Japanese kotos and Western orchestra and works for zheng.
Alfred Garyevich Schnittke was a Russian and Soviet composer. Schnittke's early music shows the strong influence of Dmitri Shostakovich. He developed a polystylistic technique in works such as the epic First Symphony (1969–1972) and First Concerto Grosso (1977). In the 1980s, Schnittke's music began to become more widely known abroad.
Tikhon Nikolayevich Khrennikov (June 10 1913 – 14 August, 2007) was a Russian and Soviet composer, pianist, leader of the Union of Soviet Composers, and film actor, who was also known for his political activities. He wrote three symphonies, four piano concertos, two violin concertos, two cello concertos, operas, operettas, ballets, chamber music, incidental music and film music.
The composer Vadim Nikolayevich Salmanov (born in Saint Petersburg on 4 November 1912, died in Leningrad on 27 February 1978) is perhaps best known for his Symphony No. 2. His father taught him piano as a child, and at 18 young Salmanov was all set to go to the Leningrad Conservatory when he instead decided to study geology, working as a geologist until 1935, when he at last went to the Leningrad Conservatory, where he studied composition with Mikhail Gnesin.
Tatiana Petrovna Nikolayeva was a Russian Soviet pianist, composer and teacher. Nikolayeva was born in Bezhitsa (now part of Bryansk) in the Bryansk district on May 4, 1924. She studied piano from the age of three. She entered the Moscow Conservatory, studying with Alexander Goldenweiser and Evgeny Golubev, and graduated in 1948. In 1950 Nikolayeva gained prominence by winning the Bach Leipzig Piano Competition, part of the bicentennial marking Bach's death.
Reinhold Moritzevich Glière (11 January 1875 – 23 June 1956) was a Ukrainian Soviet composer of German-Polish descent. Glière was the second son of the wind instrument maker Ernst Moritz Glier (1834-1896) from Saxony, who emigrated to Kiev and married Józefa (Josephine) Korczak (1849-1935), the daughter of his master, from Warsaw. His original name, as given in his baptism certificate, was Reinhold Ernst Glier .
The 2009 ICC World Twenty20 was an international Twenty20 cricket tournament which took place in England in June 2009. It was won by the previous tournament's runner-up Pakistan. It was the second ICC World Twenty20 tournament, following the inaugural event in South Africa in September 2007. As before, the tournament featured 12 all-male teams – the Test-playing nations and three qualifiers.