Apparently, his real name was Sasha. 1940–41, Gurjev studied at the Tallinn conservatory
with Tiit Kuuzik.
1945–50, Gurjev sang in the
male choir of the Estonian SSR, while engaging in choral
conducting at the Tallinn music school
and later at the Tallinn conservatory.
1950 to 1968, Gurjev was soloist at the Opera and Ballet Theatre of
Estonia. His repertory there included: Simpleton, Grigorij,
Lenskij, German, Paolo, Alfredo, Sinodal, Cavaradossi,
José, Oleg Koshevoj (Molodaja gvardija), Randla (Kauged rannad by Villem Reimann),
(Ukradene shchastja by Mejtus), Riccardo, Hoffmann, Eisenstein, Mozart, Vladimir Igorevich.
|Estonian Opera, Tallinn|
Simultaneously, Gurjev sang Soviet songs, including duets
with Georg Ots. Gurjev was awarded the first prize
at the national competition for singers of Soviet songs in 1956.
Starting in 1956, Gurjev taught singing at the Tallinn
conservatory and was its rector from 1970 to 1982.