DOI link for Shostakovich’s disciples
Shostakovich’s disciples book
Shostakovich was appointed acting professor of composition at the Leningrad Conservatoire in 1937; in 1939, he was promoted to full professorship. Shostakovich’s most renowned students were, in order of seniority, Georgiy Sviridov, Gara Garayev, Galina Ustvolskaya, Ghazaros Sarian, German Galinin, Revol’ Bunin, Boris Chaykovsky and Boris Tishchenko. Georgiy Sviridov was among Shostakovich’s earliest Leningrad students and one of those few whose mature oeuvre is completely free of Shostakovich’s influence. The differences between Mieczyslaw Weinberg and Shostakovich seem to be more significant than the similarities. Shostakovich’s most prominent non-Russian pupils were Gara Garayev and Ghazaros Sarian. Boris Chaykovsky studied in the 1940s at the Moscow Conservatoire as a pianist and a composer, first with Shebalin, then with Shostakovich, after whose dismissal he was transferred to Myaskovsky’s class. Shostakovich thought much of Revol’ Bunin and chose him to be his assistant at the Leningrad Conservatoire.