Victoria Tolstoy – Swedish jazz singer
Victoria Tolstoy is a Swedish jazz singer.
Victoria, the daughter of musician Erik Kjellberg and great-great-granddaughter of the famous Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, was born on July 29, 1974 in Sigtuna, Sweden.
Victoria’s father was a professor of music at the University of Uppsala.
When the future singer was 16 years old, her father played jazz on the piano. It was Lover Man by the great Billie Holiday. The girl understood that jazz was her destiny.
Victoria became popular in Europe in 1994, when her first CD – Smile, Love and Spices was realized. Critics and listeners were delighted with the charm and singing of 19 -year-old girl. Her great source of inspiration was her father who also wrote some of the songs.
Despite her young age, she quickly gained recognition in jazz circles and began to perform with representatives of the Swedish jazz elite – Svante Thuresson, Putte Wickman, Arne Domnerus, Ulf Wakenius, Jojje Wadenius, Esbjern Svensson, Nils Landgren and others. She also performed with the legendary pianist and composer McCoy Tyner.
In 1996, Victoria recorded her second album – Too Loved. The singer was offered to sign a contract with Blue Note, American jazz record label. Victoria became the first Swedish singer who worked with this famous company. But only one album with a spectacular name White Russian was realized (producer Esbjern Svensson).
1994 – Smile, Love and Spices
1997 – White Russian
2001 – Blame It On My Youth
2004 – Shining on You
2005 – My Swedish Heart
2006 – Pictures Of Me
2008 – My Russian Soul
2011 – Letters to Herbie
Her official site: www.viktoriatolstoy.com