Zakharov graduated from the Moscow Opera studio in 1949.
First Zakharov was a soloist of the Russian Song of the all-Union Radio choir.
Then, Zakharov became a soloist at the Moscow Philaharmonic.
Later, he became soloist at the Opera in
Saratov then soloist at the Opera in Odessa.
Finally he was soloist at the Bolshoi during 1952-1955 and again during 1957-1972.