Valery Yakovlevich Leontiev (Russian: Валерий Яковлевич Леонтьев; born 19 March 1949 in Ust-Usa, Komi ASSR, RSFSR, Soviet Union) is a Soviet and Russian pop singer whose popularity peaked in the early 1980s. He was titled a People's Artist of Russia in 1996. He is known as one of the most prominent artists of Russian music. Over the course of his decades-long career, he has recorded more than 30 albums, many of which sold millions of copies. in 1991 Leontiev became the first soviet-Russian artist who received the World Music Award as "Best-selling soviet recording-artist of the year". in the press Valery Leontiev called "Megastar" and "Legend" of the Russian scene.
Leontiev was awarded many honors and awards including Order of Merit for the Fatherland of the 4th class, Order of Honor and Order of Friendship.
Biography and stage career:
Prior to becoming a singer, he faced a hard childhood and struggle with his parents. His original dream was to pursue a career in oceanography, unfortunately, it was not realised as he failed to pass the entry exams to a college. However, he did not let that stop him as he eventually was able to go to Syktyvkar and pursue a singing career. Before he knew it, he became a member of the Republican Philharmonic ensemble called Echo.
He began performing at historical landmarks such as the concert hall Oktyabrskiy Big Concert Hall in St. Petersburg. Then he joined the Gorky Philharmonic and his career began to take off. As the public began to recognize his style and singing, they became immersed in his music and he was on his way to ultimate Russian stardom. From here on he began travelling all over the country, then Europe, and then the world. In 1987, he graduated from the Institute of Culture and also received the Merited Artist of Ukraine title. He became a well recognized figure as he was nominated and won numerous world music awards.
Leontiev in first Union pop festival, held in Yerevan in 1981:
Immediately after the festival in the foreign press has good articles, one of them appeared in Time.
Valeri Leontiev, 32, a booted, bolero-suited dancing rocker whose performance falls somewhere between those of Mick Jagger and Mikhail Baryshnikov
On the stage:
1972 - First solo concert was in Vorkuta (Palace of Culture Miners).,
1975 - Tour in USSR,
1978 - Tour in Belarus,
1980 - First solo concert in Moscow (Luzhniki Stadium),
1981 - First solo concerts in Oktyabrskiy Big Concert Hall, Leningrad,
1981 - First participation in the finale of the festival "Song of the Year ",
1981 - participated in the competition - festival "Yerevan-81".,
1982 - Tour in USSR,
1983 - concert program, "I'm just a singer" (18 sold-out concerts in Leningrad),
1984 - concert program, "I run for life",
1985 - concert program, "Alone with all", which became a cult. Because queues for tickets on a few central streets of Leningrad stopped traffic. 10 concerts,
1986 - concert program "Star story" Tour in Czechoslovakia.,
1987 - concert program "Favorites", Tour in Bulgaria.,
1988 June - 1989 November - rock opera "Giordano", more than 50 concerts in Moscow and Leningrad. Leontiev plays 3 main roles (out of 4!) - Giordano Bruno, a clown and Satan.,
1988 - show "A matter of taste, tour of India,
1988-1989 grand tour of cities of the USSR. For example, only one Novosibirsk in 1988 Leontiev gives a series of 27 recitals. show "A matter of taste, Tour in India.,
1990 - show "It seems to me that I have not lived" in the Olympic Stadium. Concerts in the USA, India, Germany, Israel,
1991 - Tour in India, Canada, USA, Germany,
1992 - Tour in Israel, Canada, USA,
1993 - show "Full Moon" - first super-show in Russia,
1994 - show "Beauty and Casanova" - the first concert of pop star with a symphony orchestra in Russia. With the participation of the sex symbol of the 1960 Gina Lollobrigida. Tour in Israel.,
1996 - show "On the road to Hollywood", touring in the U.S., Germany, Israel, Canada,
1998 - Concert on the Square of Stars, a solo concert at the 50 th anniversary of the State of Israel (Tel Aviv, 14 May 1998), a tour in Germany, the United States and the United Arab Emirates,
1999 super-show "Photographer of Dreams", a tour to Russia, Ukraine, Israel, United States, Canada, Germany, Baltic states,
2001 super-show "Unnamed Planet", a tour to Russia, Ukraine, Baltic States, United States, Germany. 15-25 March Saint Petersburg, 4-8 April Moscow, 13 April Baku, 5-6 May Tel-aviv, 13 May Minsk.,
2002 - 26 January concert in Atlantic City, Tour in Baltic states. 30 January Moscow, 16-17 February Kiev, 1 May Tallinn, 2 May Riga, 5 May Vilnius, 17 May-31 Juny Germany, 14-17 November Israel, 25 November Minsk.,
2003 - concert tour of "The Sixth Life" (Russia, Ukraine, United States, Germany, Israel) 26-27 February Kiev, 19, 21-23 March Saint Petersburg 24 April and 26 April concerts in Miami and Atlantic City, 15 May Tel Aviv, 16 November Minsk, 18 November Berlin.,
2004, 1 February concert in Los Angeles, 11-14 March - solo concerts in Oktyabrskiy Big Concert Hall.,
2004, 12 March - The 300th solo concert in St. Petersburg.,
2005 - concert program, "Valery Leontiev presents ..." (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus,) 4 February concert in Toronto, 30 September 1-2 November Moscow, 21-22 Oktober Estonia, 4-6 November Saint Petersburg, 15 November Israel.,
2006-2008 - Tour to Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Israel,
2009-2010 an anniversary show of "I love you, miss you, I'm waiting. Tour in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, U.S., Israel, Australia, 9 July concert in Sydney, 10 July in Melbourne.,
October 21-22, 2011 - concert in the Kremlin Palace of Congresses (the show "The best ever!"),
2012 - Tour with a concert program "The best ever!", dedicated to the 40th anniversary of creative activity (Russia, Ukraine,Сanada, USA);,
October 21-22, 2012 - concert in the Kremlin Palace of Congresses (show "By popular demand ..."),
2013 - Tour in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan,
2014 - 19, 21, 22 March - The anniversary concerts in the Oktyabrskiy Big Concert Hall, St. Petersburg; March 28 - the anniversary concert in the State Kremlin Palace, 29 November concert in Geneva, Israel,
2015 - Tour in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Germany (Bonn, Hannover, Karlsruhe, Bremen, Neuss, Offenbach am Main, Ludwigsburg, Berlin). 16 May concert in Tallinn.
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