111 years since the birth of Dmitri Shostakovich

25 September 2017

On 25 September 2017 the world celebrated 111 years since the birth of legendary composer. 

The great musician was born on 25 September 1906 in Saint Petersburg. A family of legendary composer was very musical. His mother was a talented pianist, who gave piano lessons and there were many concerts  arranged at their home. It played a huge role in the formation of Shostakovich as a person and a true musician.

He wrote his first piano piece at the age of 9 years, and he became world famous at 20, when his First Symphony was performed in the concert halls of the Soviet Union, Europe and the United States. Ten years later Dmitry Shostakovich's operas and ballets were performed in leading theaters of the world. In the composer's creative heritage there are 15 symphonies, 6 concerts, 3 operas, 3 ballets, numerous chamber music pieces, film soundtracks and theater productions. 

In St. Petersburg on the composer's 111 th birthday, Shostakovich's music has been played on the stage of Mariinsky Concert Hall. On the eve of his birthday St. Petersburg Philharmonic opened its 97th season by performance of Shostakovich's works.