Dudarova, Veronika, Russian conductor; b. Baku, Dec. 5,1916. After training in Baku, she attended the Leningrad Cons, and studied conducting with Anosov and Ginzburg at the Moscow Cons, (graduated, 1947). She then was a conductor with the State Sym. Orch. of the U.S.S.R. in Moscow. In 1960 she became its chief conductor, the first woman in Russia to attain such a position. She conducted the orchestra both throughout the country and abroad. After conducting in Istanbul (from 1989), she returned to Moscow and was founder-conductor (from 1991) of the Sym. Orch. of Russia. In 1960 she was made a People’s Artist of the U.S.S.R. in recognition of her pioneering career as a woman conductor in Russia.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire