• Recipient of the Silver Medal at the Prague Quadrennial – 1995 international set design exhibition and the Golden Triga prize for a Chekhov exhibition together with other Russian designers (2007).
• Recipient of St Petersburg's most prestigious theatre prize the Golden Sofit in the category "Best Set Designs" for The Nose (Mariinsky Theatre, 2004) and Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (Karambol Theatre, St Petersburg, 2010).
• Recipient of Russia's most prestigious theatre prize the Golden Mask in the category "Best Work by a Designer in Musical Theatre" for the productions Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Rostov Musical Theatre, 2005), Jenůfa (Mariinsky Theatre, 2008), Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (Karambol Theatre, St Petersburg, 2010) and Dead Souls (Mariinsky Theatre, 2012).
• Recipient of the Seagull prize for the production Bullets over Broadway (Pushkin Theatre, 2007).
• Recipient of the Crystal Turandot prize in the category "Set Design" for The Little Humpbacked Horse (Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre, 2008).
• Recipient of the Moscow Komsomolets newspaper's theatre prize (set designs for the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre's The Little Humpbacked Horse, 2008).
• Recipient of the Oleg Tabakov Prize (for the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre's The Little Humpbacked Horse, 2009).
In 1982 Zinovy Margolin graduated from the Belorussian Academy of the Arts. Worked as Principal Designer of the Youth Theatre of Belarus, also designing productions for the Moscow Russian Army Theatre (Broken Horse), the Bolshoi Drama Theatre in St Petersburg (Les Caprices de Marianne, California Suite, The Dresser, Quartet and Christmas Eve) and the Moscow Chekhov Art Theatre (The Little Humpbacked Horse, The Pickwick Club and Ghosts). At the St Petersburg Chamber Opera Company he has collaborated on productions of Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Kornets Christoph Rilke, The Queen of Spades and Madama Butterfly. The designer's biography also includes productions of Boris Godunov (National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus, 2001), Nord-Ost (Moscow, 2002), Boulevard du Crime (Yevgeny Vakhtangov Theatre, 2003), Il barbiere di Siviglia and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Rostov Musical Theatre, 2003 and 2004), Anna Karenina, The Seagull and Eugene Onegin (St Petersburg Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre) and Die Fledermaus (Bolshoi Theatre, 2010).
At the Mariinsky Theatre he has designed the operas The Nose (2004), The Tsar's Bride (2004), Tristan und Isolde (2005), The Gambler (2007), Jenůfa (2007), Benvenuto Cellini (2007), Otello (2007), The Brothers Karamazov (2008), Dead Souls (2011), Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2011) and the ballet The Golden Age (2006).