Born in Leningrad. In six years, began his musical education. The first teacher was Valentin Elin. Leonid
I had other interests, such as mathematics and biology, but the choice fell on the music and he entered the Music School,. Rimsky-Korsakov, where he was a young but talented teacher Konstantin Kucherov. In college Leonid
interest in chamber music and began attending classes Vissarion Soloviev - violinist of the String Quartet Taneyeva - and Emma Estrin. During the second year of study at the school participated in the competition of chamber ensembles of musical colleges Russia. Together with the pianist Helen Kurdin they won first place. This experience led to an even greater commitment to chamber music: Leonid Shukayev
finds time to play in three different quartets and piano ensembles.
At the Conservatory Shukayev
studying cello with Emanuel Fishman - teachers Misha Maisky and Boris Pergamenschikova. Other teachers have included Tamara Fidler and Vladimir Ovcharika - first violin String Quartet Taneyeva. These people represent the old traditions of St. Petersburg and, according to Leonid
Shukaeva, taught him a lot.
After graduating from the Conservatory with honors, goes to graduate school, where he studied music under the leadership of Anatoly Nikitin and Sergei Roldugina. He was invited to work with the conductor Yevgeny Mravinsky at the Leningrad Philharmonic. Then a half years he served in the Army. After the service, continues to work in a music school and conservatory.
"I've always enjoyed performing with various ensembles," - wrote Leonid Shukayev
. In addition to performances with pianists and orchestras before his departure to the United States played in the St. Petersburg Trio.
"I love all of his students, and try not to show favoritism to anyone whatsoever. I teach them to think for themselves, develop their technique, and, above all, love music, "- wrote Leonid Shukayev
. Many of his students played in various orchestras around the world. Two of them - Dimitri Kirilov and Dmitry Sokolov won prizes in competitions, some others are playing in string quartets. Leonid Shukayev
also enjoys philosophy and nature, which, he says, helps him better understand himself and the world around. Wife Nadezhda Shabaeva - singer. Two sons - Armand and theme. Photo Shukaeva Leonid