Dmitri shostakovich* shostakovich·/ london symphony orchestra, the* london symphony·/ jean martinon*
He was born in St. Petersburg to Dmitri Boleslavovich Shostakovich and Sofiya Kokoulina . He studied piano from the age of eight, and began to write music shortly thereafter. He studied at the Petrograd Conservatory from 1919 to 1926. In 1926, his First Symphony was premiered at the conservatory.
Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich's once brilliant career took a dive after the official party paper criticized one of his operas in 1936. Shostakovich responded with his powerful Fifth Symphony. Central Press/Getty Images hide caption
Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (25 September 1906 – 9 August 1975) was a Soviet Russian composer and pianist and a prominent figure of 20th-century music.
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