Composer (Mongolia) Byambasuren Sharav was born in a small settlement 150 miles southeast of the birthplace of Ghingis Khan. He learned to play the morin khuur from his father, and also took up the accordion. After becoming an elementary school music teacher, he began to compose children’s songs. In 1975, he entered the Ekaterinburg Conservatory in Russia, where he was taught to link his native folk music with European styles.
He has written three symphonies, four ballets, eight concertos for folk instruments with symphony orchestra, 23 soundtracks for films, 200 songs, 23 romances and numerous children’s songs. His music for folk instruments has been performed in many countries.
Sharav composed Legend of Herlen, a 2001 Silk Road Project commission.