LEONID DESYATNIKOV was born in 1955 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. He is a graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory and a member of the Composers Union of St. Petersburg. Desyatnikov has written four operas, several cantatas and numerous vocal and instrumental compositions. His principal works include an opera The Children of Rosenthal (Vladimir Sorokin, libretto); ballets Lost Illusions and Opera; a chamber opera Poor Liza after Nikolay Karamzin; Gift, a cantata on poems by Gavriil Derzhavin; Liebe und Leben des Dichters, a vocal cycle on poems by Daniil Kharms and Nikolay Oleynikov; The Leaden Echo for voice(s) and instruments on the poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins and The Rite of Winter 1949, a symphony for choir, soloists and orchestra. He has also composed the music for such motion pictures as Sunset, Lost in Siberia, Moscow Nights, Hammer and Sickle, Giselle’s Mania, His Wife’s Diary, The Prisoner of the Mountains, Moscow, Target.