|Born||Igor Yakovlevich Krutoy
June 29, 1954
|Occupation||Composer, music producer, television producer, singer, pianist, keyboardist, accordionist|
|Title||People's Artist of Russia (1996) People's Artist of Ukraine (2011)|
Igor Yakovlevich Krutoy (Russian: Игорь Яковлевич Крутой), born on July 29, 1954, is a Ukrainian-born Russian music composer, performer, producer and musical promoter. Krutoy was awarded the Lenin Komsomol Prize in 1989.
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Igor Krutoy was born on July 29, 1954, in Haivoron (Kirovograd oblast). When a child, he taught himself to play the accordion, and later played in the school band. Igor studied at the musical school, and after graduation he entered the Theory faculty at Kirovograd music college, that he graduated with distinction in 1974. He failed to enter the Kiev Conservatory and spent the following year giving accordion classes in Haivoron and Bandurovo village. Next year Igor entered Nikolaev State Pedagogical Institute at conductor (choral music) department. While studying there, he worked in restaurants, where he met singer Aleksander Serov, who later would become his friend and would be perform many of his songs. During that period Krutoy also worked as artistic director of Valentina Tolkunova band and gave performances accompanying famous Russian actor Yevgeny Leonov.
In 1979, he was invited to Moscow Concert Orchestra "Panorama", where he worked together with such famous artists, as Leonid. In 1986 Igor Krutoy finally managed to enter the Saratov Conservatory, the composer department. In parallel, his friend, popular singer Aleksander Serov, was winning international competitions with Igor Krutoy songs "Inspiration" and "In Fate's Despite".
In 2012, Igor Krutoy became the chairman of Music1.ru and a shareholder of Net Element following a $2 million investment into the company. The joint venture culminated with the launch of www.Music1.ru, expected to become the online centerpiece of Krutoy’s music enterprise and the online music market leader in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries.
Krutoy's father Yakov Krutoy (1917–1980), worked as a freight forwarder at "RADIODETAL" factory in Haivoron, and his mother Svetlana (née Krutaya) (born 1934) worked as laboratory specialist at sanitary and epidemiological station. His sister Alla Krutaya (married name Baratta), is the author and host of Laskavo prosymo (Welcome, “Ласкаво просимо”) show at TV company "Ukraine". Alla has been living in United States since 1993, she is married to Italian lawyer Anthony Baratta, and they have one daughter, Natasha, who is a student.
- first spouse - Yelena Krutaya (born in Saint Petersburg)
- son Nikolai Krutoy (born 1981)
- second spouse - Olga Krutaya (born 1963), since 1995. Olga Krutaya lives in New Jersey, United States and is running a business there. Igor and Olga have two daughters together:
- Victoriya (born 1985), she is a singer, graduated from high school in New Jersey
- Aleksandra (born 2003).
- When i close my eyes (Когда я закрываю глаза)
- A Sad Angel (Печальный Ангел)
- You are in my September (Ты в моем Сентябре)
- Blue Planet (Голубая планета)
- The Snow Queen (Снежная королева, 2003)
- Hostages of "The Devil" (Заложники «Дьявола», 1993)
- Thirst for Passion (Жажда страсти, 1991)
- Souvenir for the prosecutor (Сувенир для прокурора, 1989)
- TV series "Star Factory" (Фабрика звезд) (2002–2007)
Krutoy is head of ARS owns 25% of Muz-TV which plays Russian pop music videos. Since 2002, ARS also organizes the New Wave (competition) for young performers of popular music with Raimonds Pauls and Alla Pugacheva. As a management agency, ARS has signed artists such as Sopho Khalvashi.
- Album Madonna with Aleksander Serov 1988.
- Album Ya plachu with Aleksander Serov 1991.
- Album How Is It In Russia? with Rose Sisters 1992.
- Album Ya Tuchi Razvedu Rukami with Irina Allegrova 1996.
- Album Nezakonchenniy Roman with Irina Allegrova 1998.
- Album Odnazhdy v Amerike with Mikhail Shufutinsky 1998.
- Album Latinsky kvartal with Laima Vaikule 1998.
- Album Ti Eto Ya with Rose Sisters 1998.
- Album The Rope Dancer with Valery Leontiev 1999.
- Deja Vu, 2CD+DVD with Dmitri Hvorostovsky 2009.
- Album Mademoiselle Zhivago with Lara Fabian 2010.
Titles and awards
- Honoured Art Worker of Russian Federation (1992)
- People's Artist of Russia (1996)
- People's Artist of Ukraine(2011)
- Lenin Komsomol Prize (1989)
- Order of Friendship (27 August 2004)
- Order of Merit for the Fatherland of the 4th class (28 July 2009)
- Order of Merit for the Fatherland of the 3rd class (21 July 2014)
- Е. В. Коровкина Кто есть кто в мире: 1500 имен 2003 p754 (Lengthy article in Russian Who's Who)
- magazine "Российская Федерация сегодня, Issues 13-24 2007 "Живет Игорь Крутой в Майами. Между прочим, лауреат премии Ленинского комсомола"
- "Игорь Крутой биография". Biographer.ru. Retrieved 2013-02-23.
- Заголовок:. "Биография/Крутой, Игорь Крутой". Peoples.ru. Retrieved 2013-02-23.
- "Игорь Крутой: биография, новости, фото - Игорь Крутой". Uznayvse.ru. Retrieved 2013-02-23.
- "Алла Баратта". Allabaratta.tripod.com. Retrieved 2013-02-23.
- "Presenters / Kanal Ukraina". Kanalukraina.tv. Retrieved 2013-02-23.
- Сергей Фролов & Валерий Щëлкин Легенды ВИА 2007 p81 "Композитор Игорь Крутой, сегодня крутой глава продюсерского центра «Арс»"
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
- ""Нпеюмдю-Мнбнярх": Йскэрспю / Хцнпэ Йпсрни Ярюк "Мюпндмшл Юпрхярнл" Сйпюхмш". Oreanda.ru. 2011-08-25. Retrieved 2013-02-23.
- "Игорь Крутой Получил Орден Дружбы". Intermedia.ru. Retrieved 2013-02-23.
- "Игорь Крутой награжден орденом "За заслуги перед отечеством" IV степени". Svpressa.ru. Retrieved 2013-02-23.