Zlata Razdolina

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Zlata Razdolina (Rozenfeld, Russian: Злата Абрамовна Раздолина) is a Russian Jewish composer, singer-songwriter and music performer. She is best known as being the author of the music for Requiem by Anna Akhmatova,[1] The Song of the Murdered Jewish People by Itzhak Katzenelson,[2] and hundreds of romances and songs based on poems by Russian classical poets, including Anna Akhmatova, Nikolay Gumilyov, Marina Tsvetayeva and Igor Severyanin.[3]


Zlata Razdolina was born and obtained her musical education in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). She started playing piano at the age of four and wrote her first composition when she was five. By the age of 17, her music was recorded and played on the radio, and she was accepted to the Leningrad Union of Artists. She started her career by performing in the musical organization "Lenconcert".

She has received awards in many national and international music competitions. In 1988, she created the musical setting of Anna Akhmatova's poem "Requiem" which was later recognized as the best in an international competition. The "Requiem" was written for a symphony orchestra, choir and soloists. The composition was performed during the Anna Akhmatova centennial in the Kremlin in1989, and later in Finland, Sweden, the Czech Republic, USA, and Israel.

After receiving wide acclaim for the "Requiem", she and her family became a target of threats and assaults by Russian nationalist organization Pamyat. Therefore, she decided to emigrate to Israel in 1990. In Israel, she performed together with singer Dudu Fisher on Israeli television.

In 1997, she set to music the poem The Song of the Murdered Jewish People by Itzhak Katzenelson, a well known Holocaust poet. Katzenelson was trapped in the Warsaw ghetto, participated in the uprising, and was murdered in Auschwitz in 1944. The composition was completed in 1997 and designed for symphony orchestra, choir and a soloist to be performed in Hebrew.[4][5][6][7][8][9]


  • The songs of the murdered Jewish people - CD (2008)
  • Garden. Romances and songs on Marina Tsvetaevoj's verses (2008) - CD
  • Pineapples in a champagne (2008) - CD
  • The Neva water a drink - (2008) - CD
  • It have buried in a sphere terrestrial... (2008) - CD
  • REQUIEM and romances on Anna Ahmatovoj's verses, romances on Nikolay Gumileva's verses (2008) - CD
  • That has been favorite... (2008) - CD


  1. ^ Requiem by Akmatova Archived October 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., the link provides a short audio fragment of the music; the soloists are Nina Shatskaya and Vitaly Psaryov
  2. ^ "The Song of the Murdered Jewish People" Archived October 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Letter, song by Razdolina, poem by Tsvetaeva
  4. ^ Song of the murdered Archived June 19, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., FrontPage Magazine
  5. ^ Interview with Seva Novgorodsev, RFE/RL
  6. ^ Jewish journal Alef
  7. ^ Escape to ... herself
  8. ^ Interview with Ari Kagan
  9. ^ Krugozor magazine Archived August 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.