Grigoriy SHIRMA, USSR Choirmaster. Music critic and folklorist; Honoured Art Worker of Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic since 1946; Popular Artist of USSR since 1955; Artistic Director, Belarusian State Choir, since 1950. Badge of Honor; two medals.
SHIRMA, Grigoriy was born in 1892 in village Shakun, now Brest Oblast.
1914-1918 studied at Sedlets Pedagogical Institute.
1912-1928 teacher and choirmaster in various school. 1928-1939 ethnographer and choirmaster in Western Belarusian. 1939-1950 Artistic Director, Belarusian Song and Dance Ensemble, now the Belarusian State Choir.
Deputy, Belarusian Supreme Soviet of 1955 and 1959 convocation.