Oleg Karavaichuk

Russian composer and pianist Oleg Karavaichuk was born in Kiev on 28 December 1927 into a musical family, and began writing music in early childhood. He studied at the Leningrad State Conservatory.

From 1953 he wrote film music, claiming that this was the only work not prohibited by the KGB.

He lived with his mother for many years on Vasilyevsky Island, where his extravagant appearance and behaviour became something of a local landmark and earned him the nickname 'mad composer'.

Oleg Karavaichuk died in St Petersburg on 13 June 2016, aged eighty-eight.



All material © 1998-2020 Classical Music Daily,
various authors and photographers.
All rights of the original copyright holders
are reserved, and are credited where known.
Formerly known as Music & Vision
The world's first daily classical music magazine
Founding Editor: Basil Ramsey (1929-2018);
Editor: Keith Bramich