Anatoly Sheludyakov was born in Moscow where he graduated from the Gnesin Musical Academy and completed his doctoral studies there under Anatoly Vedernikov. He also graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in the composition class of Tikhon Khrennikov. His compositions include Variations for Orchestra, Ostinato for Orchestra, Suite for Oboe and Piano, Suite for Violin and Piano, the cantata Brotherhood Songs, Trombone Quartet, six vocal suites and much else. In 1977 he 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, China, the former Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, and Australia. He has made 24 recordings of solo piano and chamber music and in 1999 was awarded the title Honored Artist of the Russian Federation.