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Nikolai Petrovich Rakov

composer , conductor , music educator , university professor

Nikolai Petrovich Rakov was a Soviet composer.


Rakov, Nikolai was born on March 14, 1908 in Kaluga.


Rakov firstly studied violin at the Rubinstein Music School and later composition at the Moscow Conservatory with Reinhold Glière and Sergei Vasilenko.


After graduating in 1931, he served as Glière's assistant at the Conservatory in the following year, before becoming a lecturer himself in 1935 and professor of orchestration in 1943. Rakov's pupils included Edison Denisov, Boris Tchaikovsky, Nikolai Peiko, Andrei Eshpai, and Alfred Schnittke. In addition, he also gave concerts, as a violinist and as a conductor, and wrote several books on problems in orchestration.

1 in E minor (1944) and was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1975.


  • He received the Stalin Prize in 1946 for his Violin Concerto No.