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Margarita Ivanovna Kuss was born on October 13, 1921. From early childhood she lived in Moscow. Margarita Kuss began to compose when she studied at a children’s music school, then she entered a Music college under the Moscow Conservatory.
From 1943 to 1948 she studied at the Moscow State Conservatory n.a. P.I. Tchaikovsky with Professor V.Y. Shebalin in composition. Margarita studied instrumentation with D.D. Shostakovich, organ with A.F. Goedicke and theoretical subjects with I.V. Sposobin. In 1949 Margarita Ivanovna Kuss became a member of the Union of Composers.
In 1991 she was awarded the title “Honoured Art worker of the RSFSR” (Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic).
Her works include symphonic compositions, vocal music and chamber-instrumental works. They were broadcast and also performed at the best concert halls of the country and abroad, including Grosser Musikvereinssaal in Austria.
Vocal music is a significant part of her creative work. Margarita’s vocal compositions were included in a required list for the International Tchaikovsky and Glinka Competitions.
Among the many musical artists who performed her works were outstanding musicians E. Svetlanov and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the USSR, V. Fedoseyev with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, A.Vedernikov, Zara Dolukhanova and others.
Margarita continued to work hard during the last years of her life. She completely devoted herself to music.
Margarita Kuss passed away on December 19-th, 2009 in Moscow.