Yuliya Vladimirovna Zinovieva (born May 26, 1982) is a Russian American vocalist, songwriter, actress, producer, and businesswoman. She achieved popularity in the music world in the early 2000s by combining her classical training with mainstream pop music and charted on the Billboard Dance/Club Songs Chart in 2013 at number 49 with her song '"Don't Take Your Love Away"'. Yulianna has been credited with coining the music term Popra or the combination of pop and opera.
Born in Almaty, Kazakhstan in the former Soviet Union, Yulianna was trained as a vocalist and violinist and began writing poems and lyrics in high school where she won numerous awards for her musical talents. She grew up in Santa Barbara, California and attended the California Institute for the Arts earning a master's degree before moving permanently to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in entertainment. And after being inspired working with her musical influences Peter Rafelson (Jackson Browne, Elton John), Dave Aude (Coldplay, U2), and Carmen Rizzo (Seal), Yulianna left Calarts to compose and produce her own original works.
Yulianna's early career included intense vocal training from Russian opera singer Vladimir Chernov, now a well known UCLA music professor, and the late composer Daniel Catán
Other composition teachers Yulianna credits with her success include the Calarts professors Jacqueline Bobak, Paul Berkolds, Maria Fortuna Dean, Anne LeBaron, Bernardo Feldman, and Wadada Leo Smith.
By utilizing extensive musical training and her resource of well-known industry professionals, Yulianna was able to garner rapid success in the pop-opera domain throughout the 2010s.
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