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Edita Piekha

Edita Piekha

Edita Piekha


Edita Piekha is a popular singer and actress in Russia and in the states of the former Soviet Union, People’s Artist of USSR (1988). A peculiar Polish-French accent, from which the performer wanted to get rid of, only added mystery to her image. Today Edita’s compositions are the Golden Fund of Soviet and Russian pop. Russian Edith Piaf, so she is called in the West, is loved and known far beyond Russia.
Awesome girl was born on July 31, 1937 in Nual-su-Lance, France.
In 1946 young Edita with her mother and stepfather, returned to Poland. There she studied at the Walbrzych State College of Pedagogy, graduating with honors in 1955, majoring in Russian language. That same year she was sent on a scholarship to continue her studies at the Leningrad State University. There she studied Psychology and languages, and also was active in student concerts as a singer.
By the way, she was invited by Russian composer Aleksandr Bronevitsky to perform with his band Druzhba (Friendship) in the popular TV show New Year’s Eve on December 31, 1955.

You know, she made history with her performance of the popular hit Moscow Nights at the 1957 Moscow International Festival of Youth and Students.
In 1968, at the IX World Festival of Youth and Students in Sofia Edita won three gold medals with the song Big Sky.
Later, in 1972 Piekha and ensemble Druzhba were a part of cultural programs at the XX Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. Four years later, in 1976, Edita formed her own band and continued successful touring and recording career in the Soviet Union.
Piekha was the first Soviet singer who was really able to dance while singing on stage. You know, she introduced such dances as twist, shake and rock ‘n’ roll to culturally deprived audiences in the Soviet Union. Several of her international tours were managed by the legendary impresario Bruno Coquatrix, who invited Piekha to perform at Olimpia Hall in Paris.
Only in Olimpia the singer gave about 50 concerts in a row. Moreover, Edita Stanislavovna became the first Soviet singer who performed in Bolivia, Honduras and Afghanistan.
Outstanding Piekha has been giving her traditional annual concert series every Summer during the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg. There, in July 2007, she celebrated her 70th birthday with performances to sold-out audiences.
In addition, Edita is a public activist in support for orphanages in Russia.
Many of her songs were released in France, Cuba, East Germany, Poland and other countries. She has toured in more than 40 countries.
In Cuba, the singer was awarded the title of Ms. Song.
The singer’s repertoire includes more than 500 songs. During her career, Edita released a large number of music albums and visited many countries of the world with her wonderful concerts.

Personal life
Her first husband was Alexander Bronevitsky (1931-1988), founder and director of the first Soviet vocal and instrumental ensemble (VIA) Friendship, the composer. Their daughter Ilona Bronevitskaya was born on February 17, 1961. She is an artist and entertainer, presenter. Edita’s grandson Stas Piekha is also a famous singer. In 2013, he married model Natalia Gorchakova (born in January 1988).
Gennady Shestakov, middle distance runner, was Edita’s second husband. They lived together for 7 years.
The third husband of the singer was Vladimir Polyakov, who worked in the administration of the President of Russia. They got married in 1994 and were together for 12 years.
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