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Georgy Vasilyevich Sviridov was born in 1915 in the town of Fatezh in the Kursk guberniya of the Russian Empire. His father, Vasily Sviridov, a sympathizer of the Bolshevik cause during the Russian Civil War that followed the Russian Revolution, was killed when Georgy was four. The family moved to Kursk, where Sviridov, still in elementary school, learned to play his first instrument, the balalaika. Learning to play by ear, he demonstrated such talent and ability that he was accepted… read more

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