Peter Nalitch

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Peter Nalitch
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Peter Nalitch on radio Echo of Moscow in December 2007
Background information
Native name
Пётр Налич
Birth namePiotr Andreevich Nalich
Born (1981-04-30) April 30, 1981 (age 37)
Russian SFSR, USSR
GenresPop, comedy
InstrumentsVocals, accordion, classical guitar
Associated acts"Peter Nalitch's musical collective" (Музыкальный коллектив Петра Налича; Muzykalny kollektiv Petra Nalitcha, MKPN) also known as "Peter Nalitch and Friends"

Peter Andreyevich Nalitch (Russian: Пётр Андре́евич На́лич, IPA: [ˈpʲɵtr ɐnˈdrʲejɪvʲɪtɕ ˈnalʲɪtɕ] also spelled as Petr Nalich or Pyotr Nalich, is a Russian singer and composer who represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo. In the final on May 29, he came 11th with his song "Lost and Forgotten".

Personal Info[edit]

Peter Nalitch was born on 30 April 1981 in Moscow, Russia. His grandfather Zahid Nalić, was a Bosnian opera singer from Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Peter graduated from the Moscow University of Architecture (MARHI) and studied music at Orfei Studio directed by Irina Mukhina. He has worked for two years as an architect. He has a son from his first marriage and a daughter from the second.


Peter Nalitch has become famous in Russia after the publication in 2007 on YouTube of the clip of his song "Gitar" (where he makes fun of himself with broken English lyrics and dubious film editing qualities).[1] In about three years, more than 4,000,000 people had watched it. Interviews and articles about Peter followed in some Russian papers. The song "Gitar" is most popular in Greece, Germany and Slovakia.[citation needed]

Peter Nalitch and Friends[edit]

Peter Nalitch on stage
Peter Nalitch's musical collective
Peter Nalitch (centre)


In 2007, Peter already had about 40 songs written down, all available on his website for free.[2] Fans archived them, they can still be found on the web. It is with these songs that Peter gave his first concert, on November 9, 2007, in the club "Apshu" ("Апшу") in Moscow.

After the success of this first concert (a lot of people had been unable to enter the first crowded venue), articles were written on blogs and in newspapers. Peter then gathered a band of musicians, with whom he gave two more concerts during the winter of 2008 in the club "IKRA" ("Икра"), in Moscow. Tickets were sold out several months before the event.

The band took the name Peter Nalitch's Musical Collective - "Muzykalny kollektiv Petra Nalitcha" ("Музыкальный коллектив Петра Налича") or more simply "MKPN" ("МКПН").


Over the following two years, in addition to the Moscow venues, MKPN went on tour, performing in Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod and other large Russian cities. The band released their first album in 2008 - "Radost Prostykh Melody" ("Радость простых мелодий" - translated as "The Joy of Simple Melodies" on their website). They also released a DVD of the footage of a concert in Moscow – "MKPN v B1 Maximum" ("МКПН в Б1 Maximum" – "MKPN at the B1 Maximum") and an EP, "More" ("Море" – "The Sea"). In 2009, the band was one of the headliners at the "Sfinks" festival in Antwerp (Belgium).[3]

Nalitch is self-produced.[4]

Eurovision 2010[edit]

Peter Nalitch and Friends was chosen[5] to represent Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, in Oslo, with the song Lost and Forgotten.[6] The final, on May 29, saw the song finishing 11th.

Musical style[edit]

Peter Nalitch on stage

Peter Nalitch sings in Russian, English (the latter with a Russian accent, which he refuses to hide), Italian ("Santa Lucia"),[7] French ("Il pleut toujours", on the EP "More") and Baburi, an invented language.

The lyrics of his songs are often humorous and can sometimes be compared to child songs ("Yeti" - «Йети», is a song about a lonely yeti). MKPN also did covers of Russian romances and Cossack songs. All albums and songs are available for free on the band's official website, with the mention "Pay what you will", even though the album and the EP have been released. Peter Nalitch had declared in an interview that they were not really making money from album sales, only from the concerts given in Russia.

In the wake of this idea of self-promotion on the web, the band has given, on September 17, 2009, an acoustic concert from their own flat, broadcast live on RuTube (a local videohosting and live broadcasting site).[8] On October 30, 2009, they broadcast another show live on RuTube, this time a real concert in Moscow.[9]

Band members[edit]

  • Peter Nalitch – voice, guitar, piano, accordion
  • Yura Kostenko – saxophone, flute, piano
  • Sergei Sokolov – domra, guitar, voice
  • Kostia Shvetsov – guitar
  • Dima Simonov – bass
  • Denis Marinkin – drums



  • 2008 – "Radost prostykh melody" ("Радость простых мелодий" - "The Joy of Simple Melodies")[10]
  • 2010 – "Vesyoliye Baburi" ("Весёлые Бабури" - "Jolly Baburi")

Live Albums[edit]

  • 2009 – "Kontsert MKPN v B1 Maximum" ("Концерт МКПН в Б1 Maximum" - Concert of MKPN at the B1 Maximum")[11]

Singles, EP[edit]

  • 2007 – Single of summer 2008 (with the magazine "Afisha" ("Афиша"))
  • 2009 – EP "More" ("Море" - "The Sea")[12]

International releases[edit]


  1. ^ "Gitar on Youtube". 2007-04-24.
  2. ^ " - official site, in English and in Russian".
  3. ^ "Peter Nalitch and Friends at Sfinks". Peter Nalitch. Archived from festival the original Check |url= value (help) on 2010-05-31.
  4. ^ Talmazan, Yuliya (2010-04-18). "'Lost and Forgotten' Peter Nalitch – Russia's Eurovision 2010 Attempt At Avant-Garde". YT Files - Blog by Yuliya Talmazan. Archived from the original on 2010-06-30.
  5. ^ " - Russia: Not lost and not forgotten". 2010-03-07.
  6. ^ "Lost and Forgotten mp3". 2010-03-18. Archived from the original on 2010-05-31.
  7. ^ "MKPN at the B1 - Santa Lucia live". 2009-03-18.
  8. ^ "September 17th: The online concert". Archived from the original on 2010-03-14.
  9. ^ "News". Archived from the original on 2010-03-14.
  10. ^ "MKPN - Radost' prostykh melodii - first album online". Archived from the original on 2010-02-16.
  11. ^ "Peter Nalitch and Friends in B1 Maximum". Archived from the original on 2010-03-14.
  12. ^ "MKPN - More - EP online". Archived from the original on 2010-02-18.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Anastasia Prikhodko
with Mamo
Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Alexey Vorobyov with Get You