Katya Lel

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Katya Lel. 2011

Katya Lel (Russian: Катя Лель), born Ekaterina Nikolayevna Chuprinina[1](Russian: Екатерина Николаевна Чупринина), on September 20, 1974 in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (now the Kabardino-Balkaria republic) is a Russian pop singer.

Early life[edit]

Katya spent her childhood in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia where she graduated from music school.[2]

Music studies[edit]

In 1994, she attended the Russian Academy of Music's vocal department in Moscow.[2] There, her teachers were Joseph Kobzon, who was acclaimed as the "official voice of the Soviet Union" and Lev Leshchenko, another renowned singer, who performed the closing theme at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

In 1998, she graduated from the Academy with top honors.[2]

Music career[edit]

In 1998, following her graduation she started a solo career, releasing the successful album Champs Elysee and beginning a successful tour. In 2003, she changed the style of her performing music and began to work with producer Maxim Fadeev. During their partnership, the hit Moy Marmeladny (Мой Мармеладный) became a top chart song in a few of the Commonwealth of Independent States.[3]


  1. ^ Official site
  2. ^ a b c "Katya Lel". Map Music. June 1, 2010. Archived from the original on April 23, 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  3. ^ Konstantinov, Andrey (2006). Коррумпированная Россия [Corrupt Russia]. Olma Media Group. p. 435. ISBN 978-5-224-02004-1.