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Category Archive: Music

Anastasia Stotskaya – singer, actress

Anastasia Stotskaya

Anastasia Stotskaya – singer, actress


Anastasia Stotskaya is a bright singer and actress, star of musicals. You know, she played in the most popular productions – Notre Dame de Paris, Chicago, Cabaret. For a long time, her producer was pop king Philip Kirkorov.
Pretty girl was born on October 7, 1982 in Kiev, where she lived until 1992. The future singer was born into a family of a physician and a textile artist. Actor Pavel Maikov, who played in the TV series Brigada, is Anastasia’s brother. At the age of four the girl entered the music school and joined the vocal-dance ensemble Kyianochka. In Kiev Stotskaya lived for 10 years and then the whole family moved to Moscow.
In Russia, Anastasia entered the theater school. Her first work was in the children’s play Fanta – Infanta, where she played five roles – fairy, gypsy, Hussars, ballerina and black star.
Stotskaya graduated from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts. At the age of 18 Anastasia played her first role on the professional stage. It was the role of Fleur-de-lis in the musical Notre Dame De Paris.
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Tolmachevy Sisters – Anastasia and Maria

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Tolmachevy sisters. Photo: VGTRK


The Tolmachevy sisters are Russian singers, Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006 winners, Eurovision Song Contest 2014 participants.
Anastasia and Maria are twins, who were born on January 14, 1997 in Kursk, Russia. You know, Anastasia is 8 minutes older than her sister. Girls began to study music at the age of six. Their mother, a musician, noticed her daughters’ special musical abilities.
9-year-old girls won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Bucharest, Romania. They performed their own song Spring Jazz.
In 2007, Nastya and Masha received Muz – TV special prize for the victory in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Also they participated in the opening ceremony of Slavic Bazaar. In the same year, the girls released their first album Halves (Polovinki).
By the way, in the New Year musical The Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors, filmed in 2007, Masha and Nastya sang together with Alla Pugacheva. Then they met his future mentor Philip Kirkorov.
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Mikhail Boyarsky, Soviet-Russian actor

Mikhail Boyarsky

Mikhail Boyarsky, Soviet-Russian actor


Mikhail Boyarsky is a Soviet-Russian actor and singer, Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1984) and People’s Artist of Russia (1990). He is best known for the role of D’Artagnan in the film D’Artagnan and Three Musketeers (1978) and its sequels (1992, 1993).
Mikhail was born on December 26, 1949 in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) into the family of the theater actors Sergei Boyarsky and Ekaterina Melentieva. The boy’s parents did not want the son to follow in their footsteps. They wanted him to be a musician. Boyarsky studied piano in a music school. After school, the future actor entered the Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema. In 1972, after graduation from the institute, he began working in the Lensovet Theatre. In the play Dulcinea Tobosskaya, Mikhail played along with great actress Alisa Freindlich for the first time.
Being a school boy Mikhail starred in the short film Matches Are Not Toys For Children. But his real debut took place in 1974.
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Nikolai Baskov – Golden Voice of Russia

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Nikolai Baskov – Golden Voice of Russia. photo: kinopoisk.ru


Nikolai Baskov is a Russian pop and opera singer (tenor), and TV host. You know, he is People’s Artist of Russia (2009), People’s Artist of Moldova (2011).
Kolya was born on October 15, 1976 in Balashikha, Moscow region. When he was two years old, his father Viktor Baskov graduated from the Frunze Military Academy and the family moved to Germany. Victor served for five years in Dresden. His mother Elena Baskova was a mathematics teacher, but in Germany, she worked as a television announcer.
At the age of five the future singer began to study music at home with his mother.
From 1986 to 1992 he performed at The Young Actors Moscow Musical Theater and went on tour in the U.S., Israel, Switzerland, and France.
In 1996, Nikolai entered the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music.
By the way, Baskov is a winner of the Spanish Competition Grand Voice and a three-time winner of the Ovation award.
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Maxim Galkin – Russian comedian, presenter

Maxim Galkin

Maxim Galkin – Russian comedian, presenter


Maxim Galkin is a popular Russian impersonator, comedian, presenter, actor and singer. By the way, he is Russian Primadonna Alla Pugacheva’s fifth husband.
Maxim was born on June 18, 1976 in Naro-Fominsk district, Moscow. His father Alexander Alexandrovich was a Colonel-General, from 1987 to 1997 he headed the Main Armored Directorate of the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense. And his mother Natalie Grigorievna worked at the Institute of Earthquake Prediction Theory and Mathematical Geophysics.
His family moved often because his father was a military man. When Maxim was 3 years old, they lived in Germany, then moved to Odessa, where Maxim graduated from elementary school, and then the family moved to Baikal, Ulan-Ude. Finally, they returned to Moscow.
Maxim was a very talented boy. In school plays Galkin played different roles – the old alcoholic, Ostap Bender, King Solomon, Count Nulin, Don Carlos.
At the age of 13 Maxim saw Gennady Khazanov on TV, who parodied Mikhail Gorbachev. Immediately the boy showed ability to portray the first president of the USSR not worse than the eminent humorist.
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Alla Pugacheva – Russian Primadonna

Alla Pugacheva

Alla Pugacheva – Russian Primadonna


Alla Pugacheva is the most successful Soviet performer and Russian Pop Diva. She became Merited Artist of the Russian SFSR in 1980, People’s Artist of the Russia in 1985 and People’s Artist of the USSR in 1991.
Alla was born on April 15, 1949 in Moscow. She became the second child in the family – her elder brother Gennady died of diphtheria in early childhood.
Before starting her solo career, she had worked with many bands.
In 1965, Pugacheva finished Moscow school and at the same time she recorded a song Robot for the Union Radio program Good Morning.
The girl entered the State College of Circus and Variety Arts in 1967.
And in 1969, the singer became a soloist of Lipetsk vocal-instrumental ensemble New Electron. A year later Pugacheva worked with the ensemble Muscovites. Then, until 1972, Alla worked with an orchestra under the direction of Oleg Lundstrem.
Since 1974, she worked in ensemble Jolly Fellows. For the song Harlequin Alla was awarded Golden Orpheus. Two years later, Pugacheva left the group.
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Leonid Agutin – Russian singer

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Leonid Agutin – Russian singer


Leonid Agutin is a Soviet and Russian singer, songwriter, composer, Honored Artist of Russia (2008).
The boy was born on July 16, 1968 in Moscow, into 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. Also 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.
The boy graduated from the Moscow jazz school Moskvorechye.
From 1986 to 1988 he served in the Russian army, frontier troops.
In 1993, Leonid 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.
Then, 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.
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