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Category Archive: Art

Tamara Karsavina – Firebird of Russian ballet

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Ballerina Tamara Karsavina in the ballet “The Firebird” by Igor Stravinsky’s music in the costume designs by Leon Bakst for 1910.

She was loved, respected and admired. She was always away from any kind of intrigue – because in her youth had decided to devote all of herself to His Majesty the Arts.
Tamara Karsavina, Firebird of Russian Ballet, one of the brightest of its stars was born on March 9, 1885, in an intellectual family in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire. Her father Platon Karsavin was a dancer at the Mariinsky Theatre, and also taught at the Drama School. Tamara was a sister of the historian and philosopher Leo Karsavin. Six-year old girl knew her main passion was the theater. Supported by her mother, Tamara began preparing to enter the Theatre School.
In 1902 she graduated from the Imperial Theatre School, and then joined the Mariinsky Theatre.
Karsavina quickly achieved the status of a prima ballerina and performed leading roles in ballets of the classical repertoire – “Giselle”, “Sleeping Beauty “, “Nutcracker”, “Swan Lake”, “Carnival”, etc.
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Nataliya Nikolaevna Pushkina

Nataliya Nikolaevna Pushkina

Nataliya Nikolaevna Pushkina


She is well known as a wife of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. Seven years after his death Natalia married General Pyotr Petrovich Lanskoy.
Nataliya Nikolaevna Pushkina (nee Goncharova, Lanskaya in her second marriage) was born on September 8, 1812 in Tambov Province, where her family lived during the occupation of Moscow by the forces of Napoleon. Natalia was the fifth child of seven children; the youngest sister Sophia was born and died in 1818. Natalia got a good education at home. She studied Russian and world history, geography, Russian language and literature, French, German and English.
Pushkin met Natalia Goncharova in Moscow in December 1828 at a ball. 16-year-old girl was one of the most talked-about beauties of Moscow. Pushkin was 13 years older than Natalia.
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Olga Smirnitskaya and Johann Strauss love story

Olga Smirnitskaya and Johann Strauss

Olga Smirnitskaya and Johann Strauss


The fate of the great Austrian composer Johann Strauss (1825-1899), whose waltzes are known all over the world, was linked with Russia, where in 1868 he met a rich girl. That meeting changed his life.
Johann Strauss II, as they call him in the music world, tried to prove to the world that he was the “King of Waltz” and not his father, also Johann Strauss, who was known in Austria as one of the most famous and talented composers.
Ambitious and really talented, Strauss’s father glorified waltz and was able to get fame not only in Vienna, but also throughout Europe. Children who were born in the family every year, almost did not see their father. Besides, he had a mistress, who also gave birth to seven children. But Strauss Sr. wasn’t ashamed and did not suffer from guilt.
Little Johann once vowed to overshadow his talent. Decisive, courageous and hardworking, he devoted himself to music lessons and kept it secret from ambitious parent.
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Natalia Melnikova – photography art

Natalia Melnikova phographer

Natalia Melnikova – beautiful photographer


Natalia Melnikova is not only very beautiful woman, but a stylist and highly successful photographer. She began her career as a photographer in 2000. Currently Natalia is collaborating with many glossy magazines in Moscow, being the author of many covers and publications. Natalia is from Moscow, she also has a studio in London, gives master classes, sharing secrets and techniques in lighting for Boudoir. She achieves high quality in photography playing with different adjustments of color temperature and mixing Halogen light with natural, producing very unusual effect photographs and all this is accompanied by a charming sensual model.
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Oksana Grigorieva

Oksana Grigorieva

Oksana Grigorieva – beautiful pianist


Oksana Grigorieva (born Oksana Chernukha) is a Russian-American pianist, singer and songwriter.
Pretty girl was born on February 23, 1970 in Saransk into a family of professors of music. She has a younger sister, Natalia. At the age of three Oksana began playing the piano. Then she studied at the local music school and graduated from the Kazan Conservatory. After graduating from the Conservatory at the age of 20 Grigorieva moved to London, where she continued her education at the Royal College of Music.
While working as a model, the beautiful girl was noticed by photographer Patrick Hansen, Cousin of Prince Charles and the official photographer of the royal family. After that, her photos began to appear in many fashion magazines. At first, she worked under the name Chernukha, but later changed it to her mother’s name – Grigorieva.
Later Oksana moved to the U.S., where she lived in New York and Los Angeles. Amazing girl worked as a music teacher.
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Oksana Kolesnikova, Russian pianist

Oksana Kolesnikova Russian-American composer

Oksana Kolesnikova – Russian-American composer


Oksana Kolesnikova is a Russian-American composer, concert pianist and entrepreneur, environmental activist through Cool Green. Awesome Oksana is the owner of Oksana School of Music and Oksana’s School of Foreign Languages in Los Angeles, California.
Beautiful girl was born in 1987, in Barnaul, Altai region, Siberia. At the age of five she began playing the piano. In 1993, after the break-up of the Soviet Union, at the age of 15, she and her family immigrated to the United States. They settled in St. Petersburg, Florida, where Oksana entered the St. Petersburg College.
Famous Kolesnikova became a winner of Florida State Young Artists Symposium Competition in 1999. Two years later, in August 2001 the girl graduated from the School of Music, Florida State University.
By the way, Kolesnikova became the first Russian-American female pianist to travel overseas to entertain the U.S. Troops in 2003.
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