Ilya VILENSKY, USSR Composer. Honoured Artist of Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic since 1938; Honoured Art Worker of Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic since 1947. three medals. Member, Communist Party, since 1944.
VILENSKY, Ilya was born in 1896 in Kremenchug, Poltava Oblast.
1914-1919 studied at composition class, Petrograd. Conservatory.
1919 in Red Army as Musical Director and composer at an army theater. 1920 promoted establishment of the Red Army Theater in Kharkov and the Philharmonic and Symphonic Orchestras in Kiev. 1936-1939 Deputy Chairman, and member, Organization Committee, 1939-1948 board member and Executive Secretary, Ukrainia Union of Composers.