His Fifth Symphony is one of my most favorite pieces of music (especially given this history behind it).
Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich was a Russian composer and pianist. He is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. Wikipedia
Born: September 25, 1906, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: August 9, 1975, Moscow, Russia
Spouse: Irina Antonovna Shostakovich (m. 1962–1975), MORE
Children: Maxim Shostakovich, Galina Dmitrievna Shostakovich