Nikolay Baskov

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Nikolay Baskov
Николай Басков
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Born Nikolay Victorovich Baskov
(1976-10-15) 15 October 1976 (age 41)
Balashikha, Russia
Alma mater Moscow Conservatory, Gnessin State Musical College
Occupation Singer
Years active 2000–present
Title People's Artist of Russia (2009) People's Artist of Ukraine (2004)
Awards
Website baskov.ru

Nikolay Victorovich Baskov (Russian: Николай Викторович Басков) was born on October 15, 1976, in Balashikha Moscow, Russian SFSR. He is a Russian tenor who performs in both operatic and popular music styles.[1] His honors include commendations as Meritorious Artist[2] and People's Artist[3] of the Russian Federation, as well as People's Artist of Ukraine. [4]

In addition to his career as a vocalist, Baskov is a regular figure on the Russian game show What? Where? When?.

Biography[edit]

Baskov studied at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music and Moscow Conservatory.[5] In 1998, he placed first in the All-Russian Young Singers Competition and placed second in the 1999 Grande Voce competition in Spain.[5] The same year, Nikolay Baskov was invited to the Bolshoi theatre troupe, where he performed the major arias in such operas as Yevgeni Onegin, Prince Igor, Boris Godunov, Traviata, and others.

In 2000, he recorded his first debut solo album, The Dedication. The music video filmed for "In Memory of Caruso" (a cover of "Caruso" written by Lucio Dalla) was aired on Russian TV and increased his popularity. In 2001, Baskov abandoned the Bolshoi to work on his solo career. Though Baskov's repertoire consists mostly of modern arrangements of arias and romances, he performs pop music as well. Nikolay has often performed with pop artists, as well as with classical singers such as Montserrat Caballé. From July 2009 to March 2011, he dated Oksana Fedorova, the former Miss Universe.

Released in 2011, the Nikolai Baskov: Romantic Journey concert performance CD/DVD took place at Moscow’s Hall of the Luzhniki Stadium. Baskov was accompanied by a full orchestra and played to an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 10,000 people. Taped with 24 HD cameras, this is Russia’s most elaborate and expensive performance ever recorded for international television. He performed classic pieces from Tosca, La bohème, Werther, Turandot and other popular songs from his catalogue such as Be My Love, Granada and Back to Sorrento. Baskov is joined by world-renowned soprano, Montserrat Caballé, and her daughter Marti, for several duets.[6]

In early 2012, Baskov embarked on his first American tour[5].

In December 2012, he signed an open letter against a St. Petersburg bill banning "homosexual propaganda," along with pop stars like Philipp Kirkorov and Dima Bilan.[7]

Discography[edit]

Pesnya goda[edit]

Year Final Title in English
2002 Шарманка, Силы небесные "Barrel organ, Hosts of Heaven"
2003 Любовь не знает слова "нет" "Love Does Not Know the Word 'No'"
2004 Ах, эта ночь, Цветет малина, Я буду руки твои целовать "Oh, This Night, Flowering Raspberry, I Will Kiss Your Hands"
2005 Сердце, Отпусти меня "A Heart, Let Me Go"
2006 Я знаю, ты далеко "I Know You're Far Away"
2007 Тебе одной "You're The One"
2008 Внезапная любовь "Sudden Love"
2009 Цветы, Права любовь "Flowers, Love Rights"
2010 Все цветы "All Flowers"
2011 Сохранив любовь "Keeping Love"
2012 Странник, Я найду свою любовь "Wanderer, I'll Find My Love"
2013 Ну кто сказал, Николай "Well, Who Said, Nikolay"
2014 Вишневая любовь "Cherry Love"
2015 Ты мое счастье, Любовь – не слова "You Are My Happiness, Love - Not Words"

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