Nikolai Ilich Aladov

Aladov, Nikolai Il’ich


Born Dec. 9 (21), 1890, in St. Petersburg. Soviet Byelorussian composer and instructor. People’s Artist of the USSR (1971). Member of the CPSU since 1944.

In 1910, Aladov passed the examinations of the St. Petersburg Conservatory course in composition without having attended lectures. He has been living in Minsk since 1923. He was one of the organizers of the Byelorussian Music Technicum (1924) and of the Byelorussian Conservatory (1932; manager from 1944 to 1948). He was the author of the first Byelorussian chamber music (piano quintet, 1925, and others) and musical comedy (Taras on Parnassus, 1927). Among his other works are the opera Andrei Kostenia (composed in 1947), five cantatas, and ten symphonies. Aladov has been awarded two orders, as well as medals.