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Birth name Maria Lvovna Katz
Born (1973-01-23) 23 January 1973 (age 41)
Moscow, Russia
Occupation(s) Singer, back vocalist
Years active 1989 - present
Associated acts Maryland, Лига Блюза

Masha Katz (Russian: Маша Кац, also known as Youddiph, Russian: Юдифь, literally Judith, full name Maria Lvovna Katz, Russian: Мария Львовна Кац; 23 January 1973, Moscow) is a Russian singer. She is most known for representing Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 1994 held in Dublin. It was the first Russian performance in this contest ever.


Maria or Masha was born on 23 January 1973 in Moscow. At the age of 13 she formed her first group performing heavy metal songs. In 1989 she met with the famous poet Karen Kavaleryan who helped her to launch a professional career. For the next 5 years Maria worked as a backing vocalist for numerous Russian artists and groups.

In 1994 she represented Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 1994 with the song "Vyechniy stranik" (Вечный странник).[1] Maria performed 23rd at the final night and ranked 9th with 70 points. Later that year she released her first album entitled "Magic Word".

Maria continued to work with various musicians and formed a duo with a Russian drummer under the name "Beauty and the Beast". In 1997 she created a new group, called "Maryland". The group made an album in 1998 entitled Ryzhiy blues (Russian: Рыжий Блюз - Ginger Blues). In 2000 she was presented with two important music awards while creating her own music company.

Maria also dubbed musicals and films for the Russian television and cinema, including Anastasia, for which she was presented with a special prize of 20th Century Fox for the best native language performance. Nowadays Maria continues to sing in clubs, doing backing vocals for famous singers and works as a vocal coach.


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Philipp Kirkorov
with "Kolibelnaya dlya vulkana"