Born in Saratov on October 31, 1896 in the family of a teacher.
He began to study music in 1920 at the Barnaul Music School. In 1922-1925, he studied at the Saratov Conservatory in the composition class under L. M. Rudolf. In 1929, he graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory, class of composition under V. Shcherbachev.
He taught at the 2nd Music College (1926-1929), at the Central Music College (1927-1931), at the workers' faculty of the Leningrad Conservatory (1930-1931), at the Leningrad Conservatory (1935-1938; 1946-1953; 1962-1969; from 1935 - Associate Professor).
In 1942-1943, while in evacuation, Pushkov supervised the musical-theoretical studies at the retraining courses for composers-melodists in Dushanbe.
He died on January 25, 1971 in Leningrad.
Among the major works by Venedikt Pushkov - the opera "The Thunderstorm" by A. N. Ostrovsky, concert for violin and orchestra. He wrote a piano trio, romances and songs based on the texts of classics and Soviet poets. Pushkov is the author of the vocal-symphonic cycle "In the West", the symphonic suite "Lermontov". The composer wrote the "Masquerade" suite for a symphony orchestra based on his music from the film of the same name.
The composer made substantial contribution to the o the development of film music. He composed music for more than 40 films, including such famous ones as “The Seven Brave” (1936), “The Golden Taiga” (1937), “The Teacher” (1939), “The Fourth Periscope” (1939), “The Defeat of Yudenich" (1940), “Big Family" (1954), "My Dear Man" (1958).
He was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor (1940).
Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1957).
Pushkov Venedikt Venediktovich // Musical encyclopedia in 6 volumes. - M., 1973-1982.