The composer German Grigoriyevich Okunev (1931–1973) is the distinguished representative of the Russian composition school during the second half of the 20ieth century. Okunev was born in Leningrad and overcame the Blockade. Being a child he was awarded the medal “For the Defense of Leningrad” for his participation in the concerts on the Baltic navy ships. Having graduated from the piano and composition faculties of the Leningrad Conservatoire, he studied at Dmitri Shostakovich until 1964. The same year Okunev started his pedagogical activity at the conservatoire as the teacher of composition. In 1972 he became the member of the Leningrad Composers' Union directorate.
Numerous wonderful works belong to German Okunev, such as two symphonies, the ballet “Greatcoat” and “Kuyruchuk” (together with K. Moldobasarov), orchestral suite “At the Festive Neva”, piano cycles “The North's Echoes” and “Rainbow”, Preludes for piano, Concerto for piano with chamber orchestra, vocal cycle to the verses by Marina Tsvetayeva, Concerto for hautboy and chamber orchestra, Sonatina for trumpet and piano, Scherzino for clarinet and piano, two quartets and other chamber-instrumental ensembles, choirs, including the children's ones. Among the executants there were Mariya Karandashova, Mikhail Vaiman, Lubov' Bruk, Mark Taimanov, Marina Grinberg, Hanasi Chinakayev, Anatoly Lyubimov, Vitaly Buyanovsky, Victor Venglovsky, sisters Yu. and G. Turkins.