Zherbin Mykhaylo Mykhaylovych (December 24, 1911 – June 8, 2004)

Zherbin Mykhaylo Mykhaylovych (December 24, 1911 – June 8, 2004)

 Zherbin Mykhaylo Mykhaylovych (born December 24, 1911, St. Petersburg, Russia – died June 8, 2004, Kyiv, Ukraine) was a Soviet scientist and composer, doctor of technical sciences, winner of the Stalin Prize (1948), a member of the Union of Composers of the USSR (1945).


Background and family

Mykhaylo Zherbin was born December 24, 1911 in St. Petersburg into a noble family. His father, Mykhaylo Fedorovych Zherbin, was a military civil engineer. Mykhaylo’s mother, Alexandra Salvadorovna, was the daughter of Admiral Salvador Fedorovych Bauer. His grandfather, Fedir Ivanovych Zherbin, was Lieutenant General.

Education and Career

Zherbin graduated from Petrischule (Saint Peter’s School in St. Petersburg) in 1927 and Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Music College in piano class in 1929.

In 1930, Zherbin began to work at the Institute “Giproshakht” and at the same time from the beginning of 1933 he studied at the correspondence department of the Leningrad Civil Engineering Institute, specializing in civil engineer-constructor (he was immediately enrolled in the 3rd year).

In 1933, he was appointed the head of the group of metal structures, and then the head of the construction department of “Giproshakht”. In 1936-1944, Zherbin was a design engineer in Leningrad and since 1941 – in Kizel (Molotov region) and the village of Alexandrovsk.

In 1940, Zherbin graduated from the Music College at the Leningrad Conservatory (now St. Petersburg Conservatory named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov) in composition and conducting. In 1940-1941, he studied at the Composition Department of the Leningrad Conservatory.

Zherbin Mykhaylo Mykhaylovych

Zherbin Mykhaylo Mykhaylovych

During the Great Patriotic War, he took part in the design and construction of a plant for heavy air bombs. For this work he was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor. At the beginning of 1944, after the liberation of Donbass, he was sent to Donetsk, where he was instructed to organize and head the Central Bureau of Copra and Mining Equipment (TsBKO, transferred to Kiev in 1947).

From 1948 to 1963 he was the director of the institutes Zapadshakhtproekt, Ukrgiproshakht and UkrNIIproekt. In 1955, he defended his Ph.D. thesis Investigation of the Systems of Metal Head Mine Operating Headgears. From 1963 Zherbin carried out scientific and pedagogical work at the Kiev Civil Engineering Institute: associate professor, professor (1964), from 1967 to 1988 – head of the department of metal and wooden structures.

Zherbin became a Doctor of Technical Sciences (1970, his doctoral dissertation topic was Scientific Foundations for the Creation and Radical Improvement of Transport and Dump Equipment in Open Pits and Metal-Consuming Equipment in Coal Mines.

In 1988 – 1998 Zherbin was professor of the department and supervisor of the Problem Research Laboratory of Extra Light Steel Structures. Being the author of musical works, he was admitted to the Union of Composers of the USSR in 1945.


In 1948, Zherbin received the Stalin Prize for the development and implementation of advanced methods for pumping out the flooded mines of Donbass and the restoration of mining equipment, which significantly accelerated the pace of recovery in Donbass. Zherbin was awarded with 14 government awards. In 1978 – Honored Scientist of the Ukrainian SSR.


Mykhaylo Zherbin died on June 8, 2004 in Kyiv.


  • Prelude: For Piano
  • Concerto for Voice and Orchestra
  • Poem: For String Orchestra
  • Romance: For Cello with Piano
  • Vocalise: For Cello and Piano
  • Concert №2: For Voice and Orchestra
  • To Our Contemporary: Ode for 12 Cellos and Piano (Nashemu sovremenniku: Oda dlya dvenadtsati violoncheley i fortepiano)
  • Prelude in D Minor: For Violin and Piano
  • Lyric Poema: For String Quartet
  • Three Pieces for Cello and Piano
  • For Junior Musicians: Album: 15 Pieces for Piano
  • For Junior Musicians: Album of Pieces for Piano
  • Six Romances on Poems by M. Lermontov: For Middle Voice and Piano
  • Six Romances to Words by A. Pushkin: For Voice with Piano
  • Selected Romances: For Voice and Piano
  • Cantata Motherland (Batʹkivshchyna) for 2 Soloists, Chorus and Symphony Orchestra (lyrics by L. Bron and B. Dzbanovskiy, 1946)
  • Ballade About Donbas (Balada pro Donbas) (lyrics by M. Karpov, 1956)
  • Ballade About the Black Sea (Balada pro Chorne more) (lyrics by L. Tatarenko, 1966), 2 Concerts for Voice and Orchestra (1960, 1977)
  • Ode for Cello and Piano Ensemble (1965, 1994)
  • Cycles on Poems by V. Sosyura, P. Shelley, Lesia Ukrainka, M. Upenyk, M. Lermontov, A. Pushkin, D. Pavlychko, A. Blok and others.
  • Selected Romances for Voice and Piano: With Biographical Information
  • On Watch of Peace (Na vakhti myru): Selected Songs About Miners: For Singing (Solo, Duet, Chorus) Accompanied by Piano


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