Lev Zemlinski

Born: 1958
Nationality: Russian (formerly: Soviet)

Lev Zemlinski studied electronics at the Telecommunication University in Moscow and, upon graduation, worked for some time in Russian television. However, he also followed courses in jazz piano at the Moscow Music College and after some time, he decided to make a living out of music. He was a pianist accompanist and arranger for various Russian artists. After a short spell in New York in ‘91, working on a Broadway show, Zemlinski decided to go back to conservatory to study composition. Since, he has written music for the Russian State Circus and the Nikulin Circus, but also for animation films, motion pictures (e.g. ‘Trackman’, 2007), commercials, and TV programmes. He writes a column for Music Box magazine.

Lev Zemlinski composed, arranged, and conducted Russia’s first Eurovision entry, ‘Vechni strannik’ in 1994. Youddiph had won the open pre-selection in Russia with this song and, in the international final in Dublin, she and Zemlinski obtained a respectable ninth spot. After the contest, the single was released in several European countries under its English title ‘Eternal wanderer’.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Lev Zemlinski will be published on this website



Songs conducted
1994: Vechni stranik