Mark Minkov

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Mark Minkov
Марк Минков
PAR (2003)
Minkov in 2011
Minkov in 2011
Background information
Birth nameMark Anatolievich Minkov
Born(1944-11-25)25 November 1944
Moscow, Soviet Union (now Russia)
Died29 May 2012(2012-05-29) (aged 67)
Moscow Oblast, Russia
  • Song
  • romance
  • opera
  • ballet
  • oratorio
Years active1964–2012

Mark Anatolievich Minkov (Russian: Марк Анатольевич Минков; 25 November 1944 – 29 May 2012) was a Soviet / Russian music composer.[1] His music is featured in a number of operas, ballets, stage performances, and films.

He composed the scores for more than a hundred cinema and television films, including Investigation Held by ZnaToKi (1985), We Are from Jazz (1983), Neznayka with Our Court (1983) and the In port animated film.

His awards included an Honoured Cultural Worker of Russia Federation, Laureate Awards of the All-Union and International composer contests.

He was the President of the Russian Cinematic Composers Guild, an acting member of the Russian Cinematic Academy Nika Award, a member of the Composers Union (1970), and a member of the Cinematographers Union (1981).

Early life and career[edit]

Minkov was born in Moscow, USSR. He attended the Merzlyakovki Conservatory School where he studied composition under Nikolay Sidelnikov.[2] He then studied under Aram Khachaturian at the Moscow Conservatory in 1964.[2][3]

He was awarded the Golden Pushkin Medal (1999) for "his contribution to the development, preservation and multiplication of the national cultural traditions, help and support of the creative intelligentsia, and development and forming of newer styles and directions in culture".

A song by Minkov based on the lyrics Invisible struggle (translit. Nezrimiy Boi - If somebody, somewhere among us, sometimes...) by Anatoly Gorokhov is featured in almost all the series. It became an unofficial hymn of the Soviet Militia. In 2001, he was awarded the MVD Russian Interior Ministry award for the music theme to the Sledstvie vedut znatoki.

In 2003, Minkov became a People's Artist of Russia.


  1. ^ Умер композитор Марк Минков (in Russian). Izvestia. 2012-05-29. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  2. ^ a b Anon interview (2003-03-17). "I love music more than myself (МУЗЫКУ ЛЮБЛЮ ДАЖЕ БОЛЬШЕ, ЧЕМ СЕБЯ)". Novaya Gazeta. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  3. ^ "Mark Anatol'yevich Minkov". Retrieved 2011-12-04.

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