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Ani Lorak – pop singer, songwriter, actress

Ani Lorak

Ani Lorak – pop singer, songwriter, actress


Ani Lorak is a popular singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur. Also she is a model and a face of many international brands. By the way, Ani is People’s Artist and Honored Artist of Ukraine, and a former UN Goodwill Ambassador.
Karolina Kuiek (her real name) was born on September 27, 1978 in Kitsman, Soviet Union. Her parents broke up before her birth. Karolina was not the only child in the family. When the girl was six years old, she was sent to a boarding school. Despite the fact that her mother worked around the clock, she was not able to feed her children.
Karolina dreamed of becoming a singer since her childhood. She performed at various school vocal competitions. In 1992 the girl won the popular contest Pervotsvit. There she met producer Yuriy Falyosa.
Kuiek became known as Ani Lorak in March 1995 when she took part in the television program Morning Star in Moscow, Russia. There was a Russian singer with the same name so Kuiek had to invent a stage name. Ani Lorak is the name Karolina read backwards.
Her first album I Want To Fly was recorded in autumn 1995. The CD was released in early 1996 by the British company Holy Musіk.
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Sergey Zverev – hairdresser, singer

Sergey Zverev

Sergey Zverev – hairdresser, singer


Sergey Zverev is a Russian hairdresser, stylist, singer and showman. He calls himself the King of Glamour. By the way, he is a master and the only member of the reality show about his everyday life Full Fashion (Muz-TV) and Star in a cube (MTV), Stars in fashion (RU.TV).
The boy was born on July 19, 1963 in Kultuk (Irkutsk region) into the family of a railway worker. After his father’s death (in a motorcycle accident) the family moved to Ust-Kamenogorsk, in Kazakhstan. Sergey was only four.
After school, Zverev attended a hairdressing college and received diplomas in three specialties: hairdressing, decorative make-up and clothing design.
You know, in 1979 Zverev got into the modeling business. He studied at the Paris fashion house while working there.
In the 1980s, he served in the Soviet Armed Forces in Poland, where Sergey was Platoon Deputy Commander.
Sergey opened his first salon in the early 1990s. In 1996-1998 Zverev won a series of international competitions and became the European Hairdressing Champion and the World Hairdressing Champion.
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Irina Dubtsova – Russian singer, poet

Irina Dubtsova - Russian singer, poet

Irina Dubtsova – Russian singer, poet


Irina Dubtsova is a Russian singer, poet and composer. By the way, she was the winner of the TV project Star Factory-4 and the finalist of the Star Factory Return. Her most famous song About Him was written by herself.
Pretty girl was born on February 14, 1982 in Volgograd. Her father is the most famous musician in Volgograd. Victor Dubtsov is the founder of the jazz band Dubcoff band, which is very popular in Volgograd.
You know, Irina was fond of music since her childhood. When she was 11 years old, her parents created a children’s musical group Class. The team had become quite popular in Volgograd.
In 1999 famous producer Igor Matviyenko got disc with the song Hijo De La Luna performed by Dubtsova. Igor looked for girls for the new band, which was called The Girls. The group had become quite popular, and the song Mama Said (U-la-la), even became one of the best music videos on MTV channel in 2000.
However, Irina left the band before the release of the first album. After leaving the group she worked as Executive Director in the SBS Entertainment studio. There Irina met Anton Makarsky, famous Russian singer. Subsequently, almost all the songs for his album were written by her.
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Yuri Bashmet, Russian violist

Yuri Bashmet, Russian violist

Yuri Bashmet, Russian violist

Yuri Bashmet is a famous Soviet and later Russian violist who proved to the whole world that the viola is a full-fledged solo instrument. In addition, Yuri is a conductor, teacher and creator of the Moscow Soloists Chamber Ensemble. By the way, he is People’s Artist of the USSR (1991), laureate of the State Prize of the USSR (1986) and four State Prizes of Russia (1993, 1995, 2000, 2013). Also he is Honorary Academician of the London Academy of Arts.
The boy was born on January 24, 1953 in Rostov-on-Don into a Jewish family. In 1958, his family moved to Lvov. There he graduated from the Lvov Music School in 1971.
Talented viola player performed in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. The performance brought him the recognition and respect of teachers and connoisseurs of classical music, but also the first earnings.
In 1972, Yuri bought a viola of the eighteenth century made by the famous Italian master Paolo Testore in 1758. Even today the musician uses it in his performances.
In 1976, Bashmet graduated from the Moscow Conservatory. As a student Yuri was awarded the Second Award at the International Contest of Violists in Budapest (1975) and Grand Prix at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich (1976).
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Noize MC

Noize MC

Noize MC


Ivan Alekseev, better known as Noize MC, is a Russian rock musician, hip-hop singer, songwriter and actor. He is famous because of the numerous Lo-Fi compositions. His music combines the features of several styles. The artist described his work as modern urban music at the turn of the hip-hop, punk, reggae and break beat. You know, he is an author of seven studio solo albums, four singles.
The boy was born on March 9, 1985 in Yartsevo, Smolensk region. His father was engaged in music. In 1994, the parents divorced and the mother took her son and moved to Belgorod. When Ivan was 8 years old, he began to write poems and was fond of music. The boy graduated from music school.
In 1998 and 2000, Ivan participated in the regional contests of young musicians and each time received the first place.
Being a fan of guitar rock music (punk rock), at the age of 13 Ivan formed his first band. Together with his classmate Arkady, aka Adik 228, Ivan participated in a local rap group VIP. Later Noize MC and Adik formed a rap duo Face2Face. The group participated in many regional festivals, competitions and concerts.
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KReeD – Egor Bulatkin

KReeD - Egor Bulatkin

KReeD – Egor Bulatkin


Egor Bulatkin is a popular Russian hip-hop artist and an author of the songs. The singer cooperates with the musical label Black Star Inc. and regularly releases new compositions that become hits among the youth. His stage name is Egor Kreed.
The boy was born on June 25, 1994 in Penza. His father Nikolai Bulatkin was a famous businessman, he owned the largest nuts processing plant in Russia. To tell the truth, all members of his family were connected with music: his mother sang in her youth, elder sister Polina was a singer and actress, and even his serious father played in the band.
At the age of eight, Egor began attending the chess section and even participated in youth tournaments. The boy was very keen on sports: he played basketball, football, tennis and billiards.
Being a schoolboy, Egor was inspired by the compositions of American artist Curtis Jackson, better known as 50 Cent, in particular, his track Candy Shop. At the age of 11 he began to write his first texts. In 2005 he recorded his first track Amnesia.
After school, Egor moved to Moscow and entered the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music.
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Ivan Dorn, singer

Ivan Dorn, singer

Ivan Dorn, singer


Ivan Dorn is a Ukrainian singer, DJ and presenter of Russian origin, a former member of the band Para Normalnykh.
He was born on October 17, 1988 in Chelyabinsk, Russia. In 1990 Ivan moved to Slavutich because of his father’s work at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Two years later, his brother Pavel was born.
You know, Ivan first appeared on stage at the Golden Autumn Slavutych Festival when he was 6 years old.
By the way, Dorn is active in sports, he has several sports titles: Master of Sports in Sailing, Candidate for Master of Sports in ballroom dancing. Also Ivan is good at swimming, athletics, tennis, chess and football.
In 2006, Ivan entered the Kiev National Ivan Karpenko Kary University of Theatre, Film and Television. According to Dorn it was hard to study there.
Besides, the singer decided to take part in the popular project Star Factory-6. He was attracted by the fact that the television show was produced by Victor Drobysh, an influential and respected artist. Dorn together with his mother went to Moscow and got into the top twenty contestants. Nevertheless, Ivan wasn’t among 16 elected participants. However, later he took part in the project Star Factory: Return.
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