Eduard Kochergin was born in Leningrad in 1937. Left parentless at an early age, he was evacuated from Leningrad during the Blockade to Siberia, where he wound up in an orphanage. He then attended art high school and graduated from the Leningrad State Institute of Theatre Music and Cinematography. Eduard Kochergin names as his teachers G. Moiseev and Nikolay Akimov. Eduard has worked with many leading Russian theatre directors, such as Boris Ravenskikh, Anatoly Efros, Yury Lyubimov and many others. The following have been milestone productions for Kochergin: Maklena Grasa (1964); My Mocking Happiness (1968); Hamlet (1972); Monologue about Marriage (1973); Moliere (1973); Taste of Honey (1974); and The Fighters (1974). Since 1972 Eduard has served as chief set designer at the Bolshoy Drama Theatre. There, together with G. Tovstonogov, he worked on such plays as The Vacationers (1974); Story of a Horse (1975); And Quiet Flows the Don (1977); Uncle Vanya (1982); The Lower Depths (1987), and many others working abroad, in Poland, Yugoslavia, Finland, Germany and the United States.
The creative duo of L. Dodin and E. Kochergin came about in 1973 with the play It's a Family Affair at the Leningrad Young Viewers' Theatre. Since then Dodin and Kochergin have staged some thirty plays together, including The Robber (1974); The Minor (1978); Live and Remember (1979); The House (1980); The Golovlev Family (1983); A Gentle Creature (1983 and 1985); Brothers and Sisters (1985); The Devils (1991); and The Cherry Orchard (1994).
Eduard Kochergin is the head of theatre studio at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts. People’s Artist of Russia, was twice the USSR State Award winner, the winner of the Silver Medal of the Art Academy of the USSR. Member of the Russian Academy of Arts. Eduard participated in different international stage design exhibitions such as Prague Quadrennial and Triennial Novi Sad (Yugoslavia) where he was awarded golden and silver medals not once.