Valery Leontiev

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Valery Leontiev
Валерий Леонтьев
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Valery Yakovlevich Leontiev

(1949-03-19) 19 March 1949 (age 73)
Alma mater Saint-Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
Years active1972–present
Title People's Artist of Russia (1996)
Musical career
  • Vocals
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Valery Yakovlevich Leontiev (Russian: Валерий Яковлевич Леонтьев; born 19 March 1949) is a Soviet and Russian pop singer, sometimes songwriter and actor whose popularity peaked in the early 1980s. He was titled a People's Artist of Russia in 1996. [1] He is known as one of the most prominent artists of Soviet and Russian music. [2] Over the course of his decades-long career, he has recorded more than 30 albums, many of which sold millions of copies. The media refers to Leontiev as a megastar and a legend of the Russian stage. [3] [4] [5]


Early life

Valery Yakovlevich Leontiev was born on 19 March 1949, in Ust-Usa, a village in what is now Russia's Komi Republic. In 1961 the family moved to the city Yuryevets in Ivanovo Oblast.

Musical career

Leontiev's first performance on the big stage took place in 1971, during the Vorkuta regional competition "Song-71". There, Leontiev took second place with the song "Carnaval".

In 1980 Leontiev sang in various concerts, including the Moscow Variety Theatre, Oktyabrsky and Luzhniki. In 1981, the artist won the popularity prize at the prestigious music festival Yerevan-81. American journalists who attended the event noted the expressive manner of performing of the singer and compared him to Mick Jagger. [6] In 1982, Leontiev underwent a serious operation to remove a tumor from his throat, which jeopardized his further singing career.

In 1983, the singer moves to work in the Voroshilovgrad Philharmonic (now Luhansk Philharmonic) in the Ukrainian SSR. A year later, he was given a whole section in the author's evening "Holy love of music" by composer Raimond Pauls in Moscow. [7]

In 1985, Leontiev received the Lenin Komsomol Prize. And after that he went to Afghanistan together with a group of artists. 1986 was marked by a trip to Chernobyl, where the singer performed. And in 1987 Leontiev already became Merited Artist of Ukrainian SSR.

The beginning of the 90s was marked for Leontiev splash touring. His concerts were held in Germany, Israel, USA, Canada, India and other countries. In 1991 Leontiev was named the "Best Selling Soviet Artist" at the World Music Awards ceremony in Monte Carlo. [8] In 1994 he performed on stage with Gina Lollobrigida [9] in Saint-Petersburg concert hall "Oktyabrskiy", and in 1996 he was awarded the title People's Artist of Russia. in March 1998 а nominal star of Valery Leontiev was opened on the Star Square in Moscow. [10] in 1999 Leontiev was awarded the "Living Legend Award" at the Russian national music award "Ovation". [11]

On the stage

Music awards

World Music Awards

ZD Awards


Golden Gramophone Award

Pesnya goda

Muz-TV Awards

Russian Music Awards

Song Contest Awards


Honours and awards

Leontiev receives the Order of Friendship from Russian President Vladimir Putin, 31 July 2014 Valery-Leontiev1.jpg
Leontiev receives the Order of Friendship from Russian President Vladimir Putin, 31 July 2014
External images
Searchtool.svg Image Valery Leontiev receives the Order of Merit for the Fatherland 4th class from Vladimir Putin, 2005
Searchtool.svg Image President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko present Through Art - to Peace and Understanding award to Valery Leontiev in Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk, 2009 [33]
Public awards
Golden Orpheus
Preceded by First Prize
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World Music Awards
Preceded by Best-Selling Soviet Artist
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Preceded by Living Legend Award
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Muz-TV Music Awards
Preceded by
Contribution to pop music development
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Slavianski Bazaar
Preceded by Through Art - to Peace and Understanding
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See Valery Leontiev discography

Studio albums

Year (P)NumberOriginal titleTitle in EnglishFormatLabel, country
1983С60—19873-4Муза Muse LP Melodiya, USSR
1986С60—23753-4Дискоклуб 16(Б)Disco club 16 BLP
1986С60—24623-4Бархатный сезонVelvet seasonLP
1988С60—26737-8Я – просто певец I am – just a singerLP
1990С60 30317 006Дело вкуса A matter of taste LP, CD
1990С60—30317-8Грешный путьWicked WayLP, CD
1993SNCD – 3013НочьNightLP, CDSNC records, Russia
1993R90 02179-80ПолнолуниеFull MoonLP, CDАprelevka Sound Inc, Russia
1994R90 01913У ворот ГосподнихAt the gate of the LordLPAprelevka Sound, Russia
1995AXMC 3-0038По дороге в ГолливудOn the road to HollywoodCDAPEX Records, Russia
1998AXCD5-0054Санта-БарбараSanta BarbaraCDDANA Music, Russia
1999АРС027-99Канатный плясунRope-DancerCDАРС Records, Russia
1999VL042/99-2Каждый хочет любитьEveryone wants to loveCDVL-Studio, Russia
2003VL 045-02Кленовый лист Maple Leaf CD
2004GR CD – 387Ночной звонокNight CallCDGrand Records, Russia
2005GR CD – 433Падаю в небесаI fall into the heavensCD
2009МТ 1000294-230-1Годы странствийThe years of wanderingCDMonolit Records, Russia
2011МТ 000410-738-1ХудожникPainterCD
2014МТ 001091-383-1Любовь-капканLove-TrapCD
2017Это любовьThis is LoveCDGamma Music, Russia
2019Я вернусьI'll Be BackCD

Songwriting credits

As composer

All songs composed with Yuri Varum.

As lyricist


Musical films and musicals

Personal life

Valery Leontiev is married to bass guitarist Lyudmila Isakovich. [46] [47] The couple have been together since 1972. However, officially their marriage was registered only in 1998. The artist's wife lives in Miami.

Eurovision Song Contest 1987

The Soviet Union never participated in the Eurovision Song Contest, as no Soviet broadcasters were members of the EBU. In 2009 Eduard Fomin, a former employee of the Ministry of Education of the RSFSR, revealed that in 1987 George Veselov, the Minister of Education for the Soviet Union, brought forward the idea of Soviet participation in the EBU and the Eurovision Song Contest due to the number of political reforms made by the Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev during the late 1980s. The idea was mainly a political one, with the thought that a win in the contest for the Soviet Union would impact on the relationships between the Soviet Union and the capitalist countries of the west. Valery Leontiev was suggested as a singer for the Soviet Union's first entry into the contest, but Veselov's ideas were not shared by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, or by Gorbachev himself, believing it to be too radical a step to take, and so the Soviet Union never entered the contest before dissolving. [48]

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