The Russian pianist, conductor and sound engineer Igor Mikhailovich Zhukov [Schukov], was born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1936 but his family moved to Moscow in the following year. Four years later, they were evacuated to Vyatka (then known as Kirov) as a result of World War II. After the war, they returned to Moscow, where Zhukov studied in the Conservatory in 1955, studying first with Emil Gilels and then, in 1955, with Heinrich Neuhaus. He graduated in 1960, having won 2nd prize in the Long-Thibaud Piano Competition in Paris.
Apart from a career as a pianist, Igor Zhukov also conducted his own ensemble - the Moscow Chamber Orchestra until his retirement from conducting in 1994, and was the pianist of the long-running Zhukov Piano Trio which was founded in 1963 and continued performing until 1980. (The other members were the violinist Grigory Feighin and cellist Valentin Feighin.) The trio was noted for its "Historic Concerts" which featured repertoire spanning the 17th to the 20th centuries.
Igor Zhukov also has a passionate interest in recording, and says of himself "I'm the best pianist among recording engineers, and the best recording engineer among pianists".