Leonid Agutin – Russian singer
Leonid Agutin is a Soviet and Russian singer, songwriter, composer, Honored Artist of Russia (2008).
He was born on July 16, 1968 in Moscow, in the family of musician Nikolai Petrovich and teacher Lyudmila Leonidovna (nee – Shkolnikova). His father sang in the band “Blue Guitar”, was the winner of “Bratislava Lyre”. He worked as an administrator in groups “Jolly Fellows”, “Singing Hearts” and “Pesnyary”. His mother was a primary school teacher, honored teacher of Russia. Leonid has two sisters Ksenia and Maria.
Leonid graduated from the Moscow jazz school “Moskvorechye”.
From 1986 to 1988 he served in the Russian army, frontier troops.
In 1993 he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of Culture. Since 1991, he traveled with the famous Russian groups as a “warm-up” singer.
In 1992, Agutin became a laureate of the international competition “Yalta-92”, and in 1993 he was the winner of the international competition “Jurmala-93.”
In 1994 he released his first solo album “Barefoot Boy”, which in the spring of that year, became a hit. In the same year Agutin won “Singer of the Year”, “Song of the Year” and “Album of the Year” awards.
In April 1995 the singer made another breakthrough in the Russian show business, he gave two sold-out concerts in Sports Complex Olympiysky.
In December 1995, the singer released his second solo album – “Decameron”.
Along with such singers as Filipp Kirkorov, Valery Meladze and a group “Lube”, Agutin is one of the “champions” in the amount of received Golden Gramophone awards.
In 2012 Agutin and Fedor Dobronravov were winners of the musical TV project Two Stars on First channel.
In a duo with his wife Anzhelika Varum Agutin recorded many hits. In addition, over the years he has also collaborated with singer Vladimir Presnyakov and the owner of “Grammy” Al Di Meola. In cooperation with the last of these musicians Agutin recorded the whole album – “Cosmopolitan Life”, which was introduced in the UK, USA, Canada, Austria and Russia.
In 2013, Agutin starred in a documentary about his life and destiny, which is called “Leonid Agutin. Drop of regret”.
Agutin’s first wife was Svetlana. They were together for five years and divorced in 1993.
His second wife is Russian singer Anzhelika Varum. On February 9, 1999 their daughter Elizaveta was born.
Leonid is a father of one more daughter Polina, born in 1996. The mother of the girl is ballerina Maria Vorobyeva.