Sofia Gubaidulina (*1931) is one of the most important Russian composers of the generation after Dmitri Shostakovich. This encouraged her to continue to follow her own path, which was against the Russian style of its time, the mid-20th century.
Typical for her works are the use of the bayan, a chromatic button accordion, and the inclusion of religious themes.
Because her music was not in the spirit of Soviet Socialist Realism, the performance of her works was banned in the 1960s and 1970s.
But at the latest the premiere in 1981 of “Offertorium”, her first Violin Concerto, sealed her success, especially in the West. Since then Sofia Gubaidulina, together with Alfred Schnittke and Edisson Denissow, has been a contemporary Russian composer of worldwide renown.
Gubaidulina has lived in Germany since 1992 and is a member of various academies, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, which is responsible for the annual Academy Awards. She is now an honorary professor at the Kazan Conservatory, where she first studied.