Shiko ARANOV, USSR Composer and conductor. Real name: ARANOVICH. Honoured Art Worker of Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic since 1950; Popular Artist of Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic since 1954; Artistic Director, Moldavia State Variety Orchestra, since 1956; board member, Moldavia Union of Composers. Badge of Honor, 1960; three medals.
Until occupation of Bessarabia by Soviet Army in 1940 worked in Rumania. 1940-1942 Conductor, Kishinev Philharmonic Orchestra. 1942-1948 Conductor and Artistic Director, Moldavia State Jazz Band.
1948-1956 Artistic Director, Moldavia State Dance Ensemble.