Andrey P. Petrov
President of the Philharmonic Society of Saint Petersburg in 1992 -2006.
Andrey Petrov was born on 2 September 1930 in Leningrad. In 1954 he graduated from Leningrad State Conservatory named after N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov, O.A. Evlakhov's class of composition.
A.P. Petrov is the author of such ballets as The Stationmaster, The Coast of Hope, Creation of the World, vocal-choreographic symphony Pushkin. Reflections on Poet, operas Peter the First, Mayakovski Starts, operettas We Would Like to Dance, Say a Word about the Poor Hussar, musical The Captain's Daughter, numerous symphonic and chamber works, including symphonic poem Rada and Loiko, Poem Sacred to the Memory of the Died in the Years of the Siege of Leningrad, diptych Magnificent St Petersburg, symphony-fantasy The Master and Margarita, The Time of Christ, Farewell to:, two symphonies on church hymns, symphonic suite Street Melodies in Dinner-Jacket, a piano and a violin recitals, two string quartets and a number of other chamber-instrumental and chamber-vocal works.
A.P. Petrov is especially famous for his numerous songs and melodies written for well-known films like Amphibian Man, I Step Through Moscow, Beware of the Car, A Very Old Story, Taming of the Fire, A Cruel Romance, The Blue Bird, Office Romance, Autumn Marathon, Mystics of Saint Petersburg and many others.
Since 1964 he was a Chairman of Leningrad Composers' Union (later St Petersburg Composers' Union). He founded and served as the director of annual international festivals Leningrad (St.Petersburg) Musical Spring.
Since 1992 A.P. Petrov was a President of the Philharmonic Society of Saint Petersburg. He was also a President of the Saint Petersburg Association of Culture.
In 1998 A.P. Petrov was made an honorary citizen of St Petersburg. He was a member of the Board of trustees of Saint-Petersburg English Club, a member of Executive Committee of the Congress of Petersburg Literate, a member of General Committee of Social Council of Saint Petersburg.
A.P. Petrov was a president of the jury in All-Russian competition of young composers Crystal Diapase, president of the Petersburg competition A Spring of Romance.He was a professor emeritus at Saint Petersburg State Conservatory (2002).
Petrov was elected as a deputy of the USSR.
He was a People's Artist of Russian Federation (1986) and People's Artist of the USSR (1980).
He was awarded the Order of Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner of Labour, the Order of Merit for the Fatherland of IV and III class.
Petrov was a recipient of the USSR State Prize (1967, 1976), Prize of the President of Russian Federation in the field of Literature and Art in 1999, recipient of the Prizes Nika, Golden Ostap, Crystal Apollon.
A small planet in Solar System was named after him Petrov in 1994.