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Igor Zhukov: The Russian pianist, conductor and sound engineer Igor Zhukov [Schukov], was born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1936 but his family moved to Moscow in the following year. Four years later, they were evacuated to Vyatka (then known as Kirov) as a result of World War II. After the war, they returned to Moscow, where Zhukov studied in the Conservatory in 1955, studying first with Emil Gilels and then, in 1955, with Heinrich Neuhaus. He graduated in 1960, having won 2nd prize in the Long-Thibaud Piano Competition in Paris.