Biography of Maxim Dunaevsky

Maxim Dunaevsky is a composer whose music has become an important part of the common cultural heritage of the Soviet Union, as well as an important element of a great era. Once his songs were sung by people in all corners of the USSR. And the melodies, written by a talented composer, sounded literally from every radio receiver of the Soviet state.
Many years have passed since then. The country of councils has sunk into oblivion, but the music of that era is still alive in the works of Maxim Dunayevsky. After all, true art is immortal.

The early years, childhood and the family of Maxim Dunaevsky

The future famous composer was born on January 15, 1945 in Moscow. His family was closely associated with art and was distinguished by the presence of several bright personalities.
Maxim's father - Isaac Osipovich Dunaevsky - was a famous Russian composer, whose life and work for many years was considered an indisputable role model. Zoya Ivanovna Pashkova, the mom of our today's hero, was also a bright and distinctive personality.Throughout her life, a talented woman worked as a ballet dancer, and therefore her fame was in no way inferior to that of her common-law husband.
Composer Maxim Dunaevsky in his youthComposer Maxim Dunaevsky in his youth
As for Maxim himself, he began his creative career with studying at a music school. After that there was a period of study at the theoretical and composing department of the music school, which operated under the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. Subsequently, here in the same educational institution, Maxim studied for a few years in the composition class. Over the years, his teachers and mentors were such famous figures of Soviet musical art as Alfred Schnittke, Andrei Eshpay, Tikhon Khrennikov, as well as many other outstanding masters.
While studying at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music, our today's hero dreamed of becoming a famous composer writing academic music. In this capacity, he wrote a great many wonderful works, but over time he switched to another direction in the works and began to write music for theatrical productions.
In this regard, the meeting with the leaders of the student theater "Our Home" Mark Rozovsky and Ilya Rutberg was decisive in his fate. Their acquaintance grew into a long collaboration. First, Maxim Dunaevsky wrote music for performances, and later began to work with filmmakers as well.

Star Trek of the composer Maxim Dunayevsky: first songs and great success

In 1972, Maxim Dunaevsky first tried to write music for a cinematic film. In this regard, the debut song for the composer was “Blue Hares, or the Musical Journey”, in which several songs by the author were performed.
Maxim Dunaevsky Waltz from "Mary Poppins, Goodbye"
The first “pancake” turned out to be quite successful, and therefore later our today's hero often began to write music for various Soviet films. Among his best works are compositions written to such famous tapes as “D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers”, “Ah, vaudeville, vaudeville ...”, “Mary Poppins, goodbye!”, “Musketeers twenty years later”, “A Small Favor "," Carnival "and others. These works made Maxim Dunaevsky one of the most famous composers in the Soviet Union. In total, his songs were performed in more than thirty Soviet films.And therefore his work has always developed in parallel with the development of cinematographic art in the USSR.
In 1977, our today's hero organized a variety ensemble “The Festival”, with whom he later collaborated closely. In addition, the compositions written by Dunaevsky also appeared in the repertoire of such stars of the Soviet scene as Mikhail Boyarsky, Nikolai Karachentsov, Lyubov Uspenskaya, Tatyana Bulanova, as well as many other famous artists.
In parallel with other types of creativity, Maxim Dunaevsky also worked on writing music for theatrical works. Over the years, he participated in the creation of such performances as “The Boy with the Sword”, “The Three Musketeers”, as well as the musicals “Tili-tili-dough ...”, “In Search of Captain Grant”, “The Twelve Chairs” and many others.
Maxim Dunaevsky. My hero
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the composer moved to America, where he also worked for some time as an author of film music. Between 1992 and 1999, eight films were released in the United States, the music for which was written by Maxim Dunaevsky.
After returning to Russia, our today's hero continued to work with Russian directors. During this period, the famous author wrote the music for the TV series “Border. Taiga novel "," Cliffs.The song is a life-long "," Amapola ", as well as the films" Atlantis "," Formula of Happiness "," Park of the Soviet period ", as well as many others.

Maxim Dunaevsky now

In addition to everything else, Maxim Dunaevsky also worked as a TV presenter on the Kultura TV channel, where he led a program about the operetta “With a light genre”. Another important milestone in the composer’s television career is his participation in the People's Artist project, in which our today's hero worked as one of the jury members.
Composer Maxim Dunaevsky was married 7 times, he has three childrenComposer Maxim Dunaevsky was married 7 times, he has three children
For the past few years, an illustrious author still works as a composer and writes film music. Among his recent works are such famous paintings as “1812. Ulanskaya Ballad "and" Return of the Musketeers. " In addition, in 2014, the music of Maxim Dunaevsky should be heard in the new Russian film “Full speed ahead”.

Personal life of Maxim Dunaevsky

During his life, Maxim Dunaevsky was already married seven times. Among his wives were actress Natalya Andreichenko, as well as models Olga Sheronova, Olga Danilova, as well as other women.From different marriages the composer has three children - Dmitry, Alina and Polina. Alina Dunaevskaya followed in the footsteps of her father and now heads the French group Markize, within which she works as a vocalist and composer.

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