Sergei Mikhailovich Slonimsky, born in Leningrad on August 12, 1932, is the son of the Soviet writer Mikhail Leonidovich Slonimsky (1897-1972) and a nephew of the Russian-American composer Nicolas Slonimsky (1894-1995). From 1943 to 1950 he studied at the Music College in Moscow, after which he moved to the Conservatory of Leningrad (Saint-Petersburg), where he became professor.
Sergei Slonimsky composed more than a hundred pieces: 5 operas, 2 ballets, 15 symphonies and works in all genres of chamber, vocal, choral, theatre and cinema music.
From 1970 to 1972 he worked on his chamber opera The Master and Margarita. The libretto was written by Yuri Dimitrin and Vitaly Fialkovsky. The opera was first performed at the House of Composers in Leningrad in 1972 and was directed by Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1931), but then prohibited for stage during seventeen years. Only in 1989 it could be staged again at the Forum Theatre in Moscow, directed by Mikhail Jurowski and with the soprano Tatiana Monogarova in the role of Margarita. After that followed a tour in Germany.