Varvara, Russian pop singer
Varvara (her real name is Elena Susova, maiden name is Tutanova) is a Russian singer, Honored Artist of Russia (2010).
Pretty girl was born on July 30, 1973 in Balashikha, Russia. In her childhood the girl dreamed of becoming a designer. Later music became Elena’s passion.
She graduated from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music and the Russian University of Theater Arts (GITIS).
Her first solo album, which is entitled Varvara, was released in 2001 (label NOX Music). Also she released the albums Closer (2003), Dreams (2005), Higher than Love (2008), Legends of the Fall (2013) and Flax (2015).
The singer is an art director in her own producer Art Center Barbara. Her musical performances can be seen in TV programs on central Russian channels.
In summer 2002, the founder of the well-known Swedish studio Cosmo, Norn Bjorn, invited Varvara to record some songs with the Swedish Symphony Orchestra.
In 2002 she performed in the final of Song of the Year 2002.
The company Ars-Records released her second album Closer in March 2003.
In December 2004 the singer got honorary diploma in the TV festival Song of the Year 2005 for the song Fly and Sing.
By the way, in 2005, she was a finalist of the National Selection International for Eurovision 2005. In the same year the singer won the first place in the on-line voting and represented Russia at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Eurovision festival in Denmark.
Varvara took part in a Festival of Russian Culture in London in 2009.
The song Two Ways became the soundtrack to the feature film Another’s Life in 2014.
She is married to businessman Mikhail Susov. They have four children: Yaroslav (the son of Elena from her first marriage), Vasiliy and Sergei (Mikhail’s sons from his first marriage) and their daughter Varvara.