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Veronika Dudarova
Birth: Dec. 15, 1916
Death: Jan. 15, 2009

Conductor. She was the first woman in Russia to successfully head a major symphony orchestra. During her 60-year career she commanded a wide repertoire but was best known for promoting her country's music, from Glinka and Mussorgsky to the present. Her recordings for Melodiya and post-Soviet labels made the work of many unknown Russian composers available in the west. Veronika Borisovna Dudarova was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. She studied piano in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) and conducting at the Moscow Conservatory, graduating in 1947. Despite opposition in her male-dominated field she was immediately appointed associate conductor of the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. In 1960 she became its principal conductor and music director and would hold those positions for 29 years, doing much to improve the ensemble's performing standards and international reputation. She was named People's Artist of the Russian Federation in 1977. After a period of self-exile in Istanbul because of the political situation in the fading USSR, Dudarova returned to Moscow in 1991 and founded the Symphony Orchestra of Russia, building its personnel with young musicians from across the country. She was its chief conductor until 2003 and retained the title of artistic director until her death. Revered in her homeland, Dudarova saw herself as a no-nonsense interpreter whose primary goals were clarity of sound and fidelity to the composers' intentions. Some foreign critics scoffed at the diligence with which she performed government-approved propaganda scores, and a Cold War aura seemed to cling to her career even after the fall of the Soviet Union. She toured 18 countries on four continents with her orchestras but never visited the United States or Western Europe (except for Spain). Yet she didn't always adhere to the party line. Dudarova programmed religious works by Bach, Mozart and Verdi while it was still politically risky to do so, and championed such controversial avant-gardists as Alfred Schnittke, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Elena Firsova. And her signature piece was not Russian at all but Ravel's "Bolero", which she last conducted at a concert celebrating her 90th birthday. She died in Moscow. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
Troekurov Cemetery
Moscow Federal City, Russia
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Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
Record added: Jul 18, 2009
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Veronika Dudarova
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