Eduard Artemyev

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Eduard Artemyev
Эдуард Артемьев
Artemyev in 2008
Eduard Nikolayevich Artemyev

(1937-11-30)30 November 1937
Died29 December 2022(2022-12-29) (aged 85)
Moscow, Russia
Alma materMoscow Conservatory
TitlePeople's Artist of Russia (1999)

Eduard Nikolayevich Artemyev (Russian: Эдуа́рд Никола́евич Арте́мьев, IPA: [ɨdʊˈart ɐrˈtʲemʲjɪf]; 30 November 1937 – 29 December 2022) was a Soviet and Russian composer of electronic music and film scores.[1] Outside of Russia, he is mostly known for his soundtracks for films such as At Home Among Strangers, Solaris, Siberiade, Mirror, Stalker, and Burnt by the Sun. He was awarded the title People's Artist of Russia in 1999.[2]


Artemyev was born in Novosibirsk and studied at the Moscow Conservatory under Yuri Shaporin. His interest in electronic music and synthesizers began after his graduation in 1960, when electronic music was still in its infancy. He wrote his first composition in 1967, on one of the first synthesizers, the ANS synthesizer, which was developed by Soviet engineer, Yevgeny Murzin. He was thus one of the first composers and a pioneer of electronic music. His collaboration with the film director Andrei Tarkovsky in the 1970s made him well-known. He wrote the film scores of Tarkovsky's Solaris, Mirror and Stalker. Later, he also wrote film scores for Andrei Konchalovsky and Nikita Mikhalkov. His film scores and his music received numerous accolades as well as three Nika Awards. He licensed several excerpts from the Solaris soundtrack in order to use them in the Spanish production The Cosmonaut. Eduard Artemyev wrote a couple of songs the most famous of them Deltaplan by Valery Leontiev.[3]

In 2001, he won the Special Silver St. George at the 23rd Moscow International Film Festival.[4]

Artemyev's composition Campaign or Death of the hero (Siberiade theme) was used at the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Sochi, and his music theme from At Home Among Strangers was used at the closing ceremony.[3]

Artemyev died in 29 December 2022, at the age of 85.[5]

Film scores (selected)[edit]


Other recordings[edit]

  • Warmth of Earth (1985)[7]
  • Three Odes (2002)[8]


  1. ^ Peter Rollberg (2016). Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema. US: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 63. ISBN 978-1442268425.
  2. ^ "Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 08.01.1999 г. № 36". Kremlin.
  3. ^ a b c Эдуард Николаевич Артемьев. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  4. ^ "23rd Moscow International Film Festival (2001)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 28 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Умер композитор Эдуард Артемьев". 29 December 2022. Retrieved 29 December 2022.
  6. ^ "VIZE Links up with Alan Walker on New Track "Space Melody" Featuring Leony and Edward Artemyev". 15 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Warmth of Earth". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Three Odes". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 October 2015.

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