Leonid Agutin and Anzhelika Varum
July 16, 1968 |
Moscow, Soviet Union
|Genres||Pop, Jazz, Bossa nova|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, composer, poet|
|Instruments||vocals, piano, guitar|
Leonid Nikolayevich Agutin (Russian: Леонид Николаевич Агутин; born July 16, 1968) is a Russian pop musician and songwriter, Meritorious Artist of Russia (2008). He has been active since the 1990s. He has released ten albums and three compilation albums.
His family was Jewish. Agutin was born in Moscow in July 16, 1968. His father was Nikolai Petrovich Agutin, a musician, and his mother was Lyudmila Leonidovna Shkol'nikova, an elementary school teacher. His father was a singer in the Soviet band VIA "Golubiye Gitary" (Blue Guitars) and worked as a manager for the popular Soviet musical groups "Veseliye Rebyata" (Happy Kids), "Poyuschiye Serdtsa" (Singing Hearts), and "Pesniary" (Songsters).
Along with receiving a regular school education, the young Agutin also completed a course of musical study on the piano at the Moscow Jazz school "Moskvorechie". He later served in the army on the Russia–Finland border.
In 1991, Agutin began to tour former Soviet republics as an opening act for other performers. Two years later, he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of Culture. In 1997, Agutin married the stage performer Anzhelika Varum, his second marriage.
Agutin has two daughters, Elisaveta with Varum, and Polina with the Russian ballerina Maria Vorobyeva. Away from music, he enjoys collecting crosses and playing billiards. He is also a self-avowed believer in the predictions of astrologists.
In 1991, Agutin started touring the Soviet Union with a musical act. He took part in and won the 1992 Yalta international pop music contest, and also won a similar contest in Jūrmala in 1993. Agutin released his first solo album, Bosonogiy Malchik ("Barefoot Boy") in 1994, which was a success and launched his career. The album ascended the charts and he won Russian Grammy awards for "Singer of the Year", "Song of the Year", and "Album of the Year". The album included the hits "Hop hey, la la ley" and "Golos visokiy travy" (Sound of the Tall Grass). In 1995, Agutin released his second album, titled "Dekameron". It was another commercial success and, along with Philipp Kirkorov, Valeriy Meladze, and Lubeh, Agutin became one of the most successful recording artists in Russian Grammy balloting.
Following the festival, the Austrian directors Hannes Rossacher and Rudy Dolesai made a documentary about the lives of Agutin and Di Meola, called Cosmopolitan Live, released in February 2008.
|Босоногий мальчик||Barefoot Boy||1994|
|Летний дождь||Summer Rain||1998|
|Служебный роман||Workplace Romance||1999|
|Леонид Агутин||Leonid Agutin||2001|
|Дежа вю||Deja Vu||2003|
|Cosmopolitan Life (with Al Di Meola)||2005|
|Любовь. Дорога. Грусть и Радость.||Love. Path. Sadness and Happiness.||2007|
|Время последних романтиков||Time of Last Romantics||2012|
|Тайна склеенных страниц||A Secret of Agglutinated Pages||2013|
- УКАЗ Президента РФ от 29.12.2008 N 1875 "О ПРИСВОЕНИИ ПОЧЕТНОГО ЗВАНИЯ "ЗАСЛУЖЕННЫЙ АРТИСТ РОССИЙСКОЙ ФЕДЕРАЦИИ" АГУТИНУ Л.Н."
- "The Interest in Jewish History Rose after Wedding" (in Russian). Jewish.ru. 2008-07-16. Retrieved 2008-11-08.
- "Agutin Leonid Biography". RussiansAbroad.com. Retrieved 2008-11-08.
- ""Cosmopolitan Live" DVD" (PDF). Leonid Agutin's official website. Retrieved November 8, 2008.