Boris Yermilovich Tikhonov(1919 - 1977)

Boris Tikhonov was born on 17th of November 1919 in the city of Tver. From childhood on, Tikhonov showed a passion for music. In the house where he lived he saw and heard the musical master Michael Rusin. He was fascinated with his playing the harmonica and accordeon. Rusin learned the five year old boy how to play the mouth harmonica.
In 1924 he won the first prize in the contest for amateur talent Krasnaya Presnya in Moscow. Ten years later, in 1934, at the age of 15, he won the first prize for original arrangements of Russian folk songs and performing skills at the amateur competition of Leningrad. Since 1935 Boris Tikhonov studied at the Moscow musical college and in 1939 he entered the Music School Gnesin, class composition of J. Shaporin. Some of the pieces Tikhonov wrote at that time are included in the curriculum for bayanplayers.
During the Great Patriotic War Tikhonov served in the Song and Dance Ensemble of the Central Club of the NKVD. The performances of this ensemble were held in front of the military units, including those in the besieged city and on the front-line venues.
In the early post-war years Tikhonov associated with a variety jazz-orchestra under conductor Vladimir Knushevits, where he played the accordeon. In 1947 he created the first instrumental quartet, which became very popular, it was frequently asked as a guest of the Central Radio and Television and performed all over the USSR and abroad.

Tikhonov wrote works for bayan, instrumental quartet, symphonical orchestra and for pop- and folk-orchestra. He created more than 200 works and shortly before his death he was accepted into the ranks of the Union of Soviet Composers.
The firework
The Joyfull day

Tiny Brook
Pushkina Walz
Volga Quadrille

Ball Walz
Light Breeze
The Merry Melody
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