Anatoly Sheludyakov is a classical pianist and composer, born in Moscow, Russia. His education includes the completion of doctoral studies under Professor Anatoly Vedernikov at the Gnesin Institute of Music, as well as a degree from the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied composition with Tikhon Khrennikov. His compositions include Variations for Orchestra, Ostinato for Orchestra, String Trio, Five Intermezzi for Percussion, Suite for Violin and Piano, the cantata Brotherhood Songs, and vocal cycles. Mr. Sheludyakov has performed throughout Moscow, St. Petersburg, and other major cities in Russia, the U.S., Germany, France, Italy, China, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and Australia. He has recorded sixteen CDs of piano and chamber music and has performed on Russian television and radio. Mr. Sheludyakov has served as an assistant professor of piano at the Gnesin Institute of Music and maintains a private piano studio in Moscow. His distinguished career includes a first place finish in the 1977 Russian National Piano Competition, the honor of being recipient of the Medal of the Government of Moscow in 1997, and the title of Honored Artist of Russian Federation in 1999.