The Russian bass, Alexander Vedernikov, studied voice at the Moscow Conservatory, graduating in 1955. He won 1st prize at the International Schumann Competition in Berlin in 1956 and, in the same year, 1st prize at the Soviet competition for his performance of songs by Soviet composers.
In 1957 Alexander Vedernikov made his debut at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow as Susanin. In 1961 he entered the La Scala Opera School of Milan as an aspirant. Subsequently he toured as a concert singer in France, Italy, England, Austria, and Canada. He also sang with the Bolshoi Theater, with which he made tours abroad.
Alexander Vedernikov was particularly noted for his performances of the Russian repertoire; his portrayal of Boris Godunov in Mussorgsky's opera approached Chaliapin's in its grandeur. He also distinguished himself in Italian buffo roles.