Anatoly Sheludyakov was born in Moscow in 1955 where he graduated from the Russian Academy of Music and completed his postgraduate studies there under Professor Anatoly Vedernikov. He also graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in the composition class of Tikhon Khrennikov. In 1977, Sheludyakov was the winner of the Russian National Piano Competition. He has performed solo concerts with orchestras, solo recitals, and chamber music performances in the most prestigious concert halls in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and other major cities in Russia, the United States, Germany, France, Italy, Finland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, China and Australia. He has recorded seven CDs and has performed on Russian radio and television. Mr. Sheludyakov was distinguished as honored artist of Russia in 1999. His repertoire includes the major works for piano, piano and orchestra, and piano chamber music of the baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary periods. He has been an assistant professor of piano at Russia Academy of Music and maintained a private piano studio. Mr. Sheludyakov is an artist-in-residence at the University of Georgia.