Mikhail Chulaki

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Mikhail Ivanovich Chulaki (Russian: Михаи́л Ива́нович Чула́ки) (November 19 [O.S. November 6] 1908, Simferopol – January 29, 1989, Moscow) was a Soviet composer and teacher.

He studied under the composer Vladimir Shcherbachov at the Leningrad Conservatory, graduating in 1931.[1] He held administrative and teaching positions, including at the Leningrad Conservatory (1933–41, 1944–48), and taught composition at the Moscow Conservatory (from 1948):[1] among his composition pupils was the 15-year-old Mstislav Rostropovich, whom Chulaki did much to support both materially and as an artist. Before World War II he was artistic director of the Leningrad Philharmonic.

From 1963-70 he worked as artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow.[2] While in that post, he gave Rostropovich his first major break as a conductor, inviting him to conduct Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.[3]

His son was the writer Mikhail Mikhailovich Chulaki.

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ho/Feofanov (1989)
  2. Wilson (2006), p. 544
  3. Wilson (2007), p. 287
  • Ho, Allan & Feofanov, Dmitry. Biographical Dictionary of Russian/Soviet Composers. New York: Greenwood Press, 1989. ISBN 0-313-24485-5
  • Wilson, Elizabeth. Shostakovich: A Life Remembered. London: Faber & Faber, 2006. ISBN 0-571-22050-9
  • Wilson, Elizabeth. Mstislav Rostropovich: Cellist, Teacher, Legend. London: Faber & Faber, 2007. ISBN 978-0-571-22051-9