V. A. Ovchinnikov was born on May 29, 1936 in Voronezh in the family of an officer. He graduated from the Music College named after P.I. Tchaikovsky. In 1962 he graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Concert Hall named after S. S. Bogatyrev, a teacher, then entered graduate school to T. N. Khrennikov. He studied with L. M. Ginzburg. Member of the Union of Composers of the USSR (1964) and the Union of Cinematographers of the USSR (1967). He created the operas Masquerade and At the Dawn of Foggy Youth, the ballets Sulamith, War and Peace, and Song of Songs. The author of four symphonies, several oratorios (including The Seasons, Sergius of Radonezh), suites and instrumental plays. He created new music for Dovzhenko’s films “Earth” (the restored version of 1971), “Arsenal” (1972), “Zvenigora” (1973). Ovchinnikov’s compositions were performed by groups conducted by conductors A. Gauk, A. юuraitis, and M. D. Shostakovich. According to some evidence, at the premiere of the First Symphony of the composer conducted by A. Gauk, the public demanded to repeat it in its entirety. Among the recordings of the conductor Ovchinnikov (in addition to his own compositions) are works by P.I. Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Beethoven, S.V. Rachmaninov. He died on February 4, 2019 in Moscow. He was buried at Troekurovsky cemetery (17 site).