Are You Ready for the Excitement of a Valeriya Concert?
The Russian pop singer has a career going back more than 20 years, and she will be drawing from her entire repertoire when she takes the stage. Called the "Madonna of Moscow", she has been near the top of Russian pop music since her debut in 1994. Singing in both Russian and English, her high-energy performances and collaborations always draw raves from fans, wherever the venue.
After starting her tour in Russia and Russian-speaking countries at venues like the Minsk Arena and SKK Sports and Culture Complex in Kursk, Valeriya is expanding her tour to include a fantastic event at the Royal Albert Music Hall in London. Deemed Valeriya and Friends, the show will feature her long list of hits, along with support from other talented Russian pop stars. Joining her will be names like Viktor Drobish, Iosif Kobznon, and Aleksandr Kogan.
In July of 2014, Latvia banned this performer from entering the country over the Russian crisis with Ukraine. In 2010, she was a celebrity judge for the worldwide talent search programme AVON Voices. She is an active humanitarian, and in 2008 became a goodwill ambassador for the Russian Federation. She has been particularly strong while voicing her stance against human trafficking.
Born Alla Yurievna Perfilova in Atkarsk, Russia in 1968 into a family of musicians, her talent was recognised early. She left home to study at the Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow in 1985, learning from master music-makers. She has been married three times and has three children. In 1992, she won first prize in a nationwide music contest called Morning Star. It was the first of many awards to come.
Her big break actually came out as an English album. "The Taiga Symphony", released in 1992, introduced her to the world. The 1994 release "Moya Moskva", or "My Moscow", really pushed her to the top of Russian pop. Later, she became a regular on Russian music shows as a host, performer, and award winner.
Another big album for Valeriya was the 1995 gem "Anna". Critically, it has been called her best work. She kept putting out music through the 90s, with the 1999 release "Samyoe Luchoe", or "The Very Best", capping off her first decade. She didn't lose a step, making hit albums at an average of about one every two years for the next decade. Her 2007 release "Out of Control" was put out in Russian and English. Included was a cover of the BeeGee's disco hit "Stayin' Alive", which she sang with Robin Gibb.
In addition to the big roster of singers joining her at the Royal Albert Hall, Valeriya's son, Arseny Shulgin, will be accompanying her on piano. More musical backup will be coming from the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Fans lucky enough to have Valeriya tickets will be part of what might be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The emotional range of her music, backed up by a full orchestra, is sure to be a stunning display. The extravaganza will be part variety show, part solo concert, and part symphonic performance.
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