Alena Apina – Russian singer
Alena Apina is a Russian pop singer, Honored Artist of Russia (2002). She was the lead vocalist in the pop group Kombinaciya (1987-1991).
Elena Levochkina (her maiden name) was born on August 23, 1964 in Saratov. According to another version, the singer’s birth year is 1967.
In 1987, while still a student at the Conservatory, Alena decided to work as a singer. At that time the producer of the musical group Kombinaciya was looking for the girls for the female group. So, the girl became a soloist of the group.
A year later, the group became popular. Singer Sergei Minaev advised the girls to move from Saratov to Moscow. They were able to win the hearts of Muscovites. The group toured in different cities of the country. It was a period of rise in the singer’s creative biography.
In 1991 Apina began a solo career and in 1992 she recorded her first album Street Love.
The second album by Apina Dance Till the Morning was the most successful. All 8 tracks became hits. By the way, the album’s composer was Arkady Ukupnik
In winter of 1994 Apina decided to stage a musical performance on the basis of popular music. She was the first in Russia, who did it. The pop novel was called Limita. Apina worked in collaboration with the legendary composer Mikhail Tanich and director Dmitry Astrakhan. The performance was shown in Russia and abroad.
In 1998, Apina received the Ovation award as the best singer of the year. Later, in 2002, the artist was awarded the title of Honored Artist of Russia. To tell the truth, Alena is the winner of many awards (Super Disc, Silver Disc, Song of the Year, Golden Gramophone).
By the way, the singer has played in several TV series.
In 2018, the singer signed a contract with the jewelry brand Amberholl and became the official face of the Kaliningrad brand.
Painter Valery Arpidovich Apin was her first husband. He graduated from the Moscow Art Institute named after V.I. Surikov and taught at the Saratov Art College. Since 1985 he is a member of the Union of Artists of the Russian Federation and takes part in all-Union and international exhibitions.
In 1991, Apina married Alexander Borisovich Iratov, who was her producer. Their daughter Xenia was born on December 7, 2001. The famous singer spends all her free time with the family. In an interview, Apina said that she was treated for infertility for seven years and had nine miscarriages, ectopic pregnancy, in vitro fertilization, hormone therapy. But there wasn’t any result. Apina and her husband decided to find a surrogate mother.
The singer divorced Iratov in the autumn of 2016.
Alena’s hobbies are cars, dogs, gardening. Apina works as a music teacher in her daughter’s school. Also she created musical collective Lyalyaki there and wrote songs for them. Of course Xenia is one of the singers.
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