Andrey Pavlovich Petrov (Russian: Андре́й Па́влович Петро́в; September 2, 1930 – February 15, 2006) was a Russian and Soviet composer. He was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1980. Andrey Petrov is known for his music for numerous classic Soviet films such as I Step Through Moscow, Beware of the Car, and Office Romance.
A native of St. Petersburg (then Leningrad), Petrov was the son of a military doctor; his mother was an artist. He had little interest in music until, at fourteen, he saw The Great Waltz; after this he decided to become a composer. He studied composition at the Leningrad Conservatory under Orest Yevlakhov.
Petrov is known for his work in various genres; he wrote a number of operas and ballets, as well as symphonic works, incidental and film music, and various songs. He is especially famous for his ballet Creation of the World, based on drawings by Jean Effel. This was performed around the world, with Mikhail Baryshnikov among its first performers. Petrov also scored over eighty films, including the Soviet-American co-production The Blue Bird.
From 1964 until his death Petrov was the head of the St. Petersburg Composers' Union, to which he was introduced by Dmitri Shostakovich. He also founded and served as the general director of a music festival in St. Petersburg. He won numerous prizes and awards; on May 22, 1998 he was made an honorary citizen of St. Petersburg, and a small planet was also named after him.
Petrov's wife, Natalya Yefimovna, was a well-known musicologist; his only daughter, Olga, co-wrote a number of his later works.
Andrey Petrov died in St. Petersburg; he is buried at the Volkovskoye Cemetery in the city.
- Film music
- Amphibian Man (1961)
- I Step Through Moscow (1963)
- Thirty Three (1965)
- Beware of the Car (1966)
- Taming of the Fire (1972)
- The Blue Bird (1976)
- Office Romance (1977)
- Autumn Marathon (1979)
- Say a Word for the Poor Hussar (1981)
- A Cruel Romance (1983)
Honours and awards
- Order of Merit for the Fatherland;
- 3rd class (2 September 2005) - for outstanding contribution to the development of national musical culture, and many years of creative activity
- 4th class (29 August 2000) - for his great personal contribution to the development of national musical art
- Order of Lenin (1985)
- State Prize of the Russian Federation (1995)
- Award of the President of the Russian Federation (1999)
- USSR State Prize (1967 and 1976)
- People's Artist of the USSR (1980)
- People's Artist of the RSFSR (1976)
- Honoured Artist of the RSFSR (1972)
- Honorary citizen of St. Petersburg (Resolution of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg № 104 of 22 May 1998)
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