Mischa Bakaleinikoff

Mikhail Romanovich Bakaleinikov or Mischa Bakaleinikoff (Russian: Михаил Романович Бакалейников; 10 November 1890 – 10 August 1960) was a noted musical director, film composer and conductor. Brother to Constantin, Nikolay and Vladimir, Bakaleinikoff was born in Moscow in 1890. He left Russia for the United States in 1926, and joined Columbia Studios's music department in Hollywood in 1931. Bakaleinikoff was a member of the Masonic Lodge. At his funeral service in 1960, the music was played by a string ensemble from Columbia. At his death, he was survived by his wife, Yvonne Marie Bakaleinikoff, née Wilson, his daughters, Victoria Chituni and Annie Bakaleinikoff, and his two sons, Tony and William Bakaleinikoff. Bakaleinikoff played the double bass viol in Columbia Studios' orchestra for films such as Lost Horizon before becoming the studio's music director in the early 1940s.


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