Yuri Butsko was a Russian composer and professor of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory from 1968 to 2015.

Yuri Butsko is known as an author of vocal, instrumental and chamber music as well as of music for theater and cinema. He wrote 4 Operas, 2 Oratorios, 7 Cantatas, 13 Symphonies and 18 Concertos for different instruments.

The musical language of Yuri Butsko was deeply inspired by Russian musical tradition, in particular — by works of Modest Mussorgsky and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. On the other hand, his music is based on the traditional Christian Orthodox liturgy: the composer often uses either themes that remind of the Znamenny chant, or its real citations.