Zara (Russian singer)

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Zara
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Background information
Birth name Zarifa Pashaevna Mgoyan
Born (1983-07-26) 26 July 1983 (age 34)
Leningrad, Russian SSR, Soviet Union (present day Russia)
Genres Pop music
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1997–present
Website http://www.zara.ru

Zarifa Pashaevna Mgoyan (Russian: Зарифа́ Паша́евна Мгоя́н); (born 26 July 1983 in Leningrad, Soviet Union), known as Zara (За́ра), is a Russian pop singer, actress and social activist. Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (2016).

Biography[edit]

She was born in Leningrad to a Yazidi family from Gyumri, Armenia. Her father Pasha Binbashievich Mgoyan, a Candidate of Sciences in Physics and Mathematics, is employed in the machine building industry, and her mother Nadi Djamаlovna Mgoyan is a housewife. Zara also has an elder sister Liana and a younger brother Roman.

Zara attended secondary school No. 2 in Otradnoye of Leningrad Oblast. In 2000, she graduated from Gymnasium No. 56 in Saint Petersburg with a silver medal. Alongside her secondary school studies, she graduated from a children’s music school with honors, specializing in piano.

Artistic career[edit]

In 1995, at the age of 12, Zara met musician and composer Oleg Kvasha, and in 1996, they recorded the songs "The Heart of Juliette", "Just Today", "Right Now…" and "Lullaby (Bye-Bye-Bye)", which got rotations on radio stations, and brought the first fame to the singer.

In 1997, Zara became a finalist of the Morning Star TV contest (Moscow) with "The Heart of Juliette", and won the Grand Prix of the Let the Children Laugh International Festival (Cairo and Port Said, Egypt). In 1998, the singer won the Grand Prix of The Hopes of Siberia contest (Omsk), the Birthday open contest for new children’s song performers, and The Hit of the Year International TV Contest (both in Saint Petersburg). For two years running, Zara received the First Class Diploma and the Grand Prix at The Hopes of Europe contest (Sochi); in 1999, at the Voices-1999 festival in Sochi she got the "People’s Choice Award".

In 2004, she graduated from the Russian State Institute of Performing Arts. During her studies, Zara acted in "The Voices of the Age Gone By", "The Idiot", and "Heavenly Swallows" plays on the stage of the Student Theater on Mokhovaya.

In 2006, the singer made it to the final of the Fabrika Zvyozd on Channel One Russia, which was produced by Victor Drobysh, and in 2009 she was a finalist of the Two Stars project, where her duet with the Honored Artist of Russia, actor Dmitry Pevtsov, won second place. In 2010, Zara took part in the Ice and Fire ice show (Channel One Russia) together with the Olympic champion in figure skating Anton Sikharulidze.

In March 2011, she took part in the Star Factory. Return project.

Since early 2015, Zara is a permanent judge on the New Star all-Russian TV song contest which is held by Zvezda (TV channel) with the support of the Ministry of Defence (Russia).

The singer has recorded nine studio albums, received several Golden Gramophone Award, and diplomas of the Pesnya goda Russian TV festival.

As an actress, Zara is known for her roles in the "Streets of Broken Lights" (2001), "Spetsnaz 2" (2004), and "Favorsky" (2005) TV series, and the feature films "Pushkin. The Last Duel" (2006), "White Sand" (2011), and others.

Zara’s solo concert dedicated to the 20th anniversary of her artistic career was held with success at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on November 24, 2016. The singer’s anniversary concert program included popular songs of various genres: war songs, classical romances, folk songs, international and Russian pop hits, ethnic music, etc. Nikolay Baskov, Stas Mikhailov, Dmitry Pevtsov, Victor Drobysh, and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, with whom Zara sang La Grande Storia duet, also took part in the event. The new "Millimeters" album was released for this concert.

June, 9 in 2017 Zara and Andrea Bocelli got a special award of MUZ-TV Music Awards - "The best international duet".[1] Very soon the singer invited by Bocelli, performed at his annual concert "Il canto della terra" on the stage of Teatro del Silenzio in Toskana, where she sang "Dle Yaman", and then she took part in Bocelli`s Gala concert Celebrity Fight Night in Roman Colosseum.[2]

Bocelli`s words about Zara:

At Zara`s solo concert in the State Kremlin Palace October, 14 in 2017 the French singer Mireille Mathieu performed; together they sang a song "Under the Paris sky". For the first time, Zara and Mireille Mathieu sang together at the musical festival of army "Spasskaya Tower" in 2016 and 2017. Also, this duet performed at the Zara`s solo concert in the UNESCO head-quarters in Paris December, 4 in 2017.[4]

Cultural and social activities[edit]

Zara takes part annually in the International Festival of Arts Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk.[5] In 2014, she received the Union State Award for Artistic Presentation of the Idea of Friendship between the People Of Belarus and Russia.

In late December 2015, the singer visited Latakia with a solo concert at the Khmeimim (air base) to support the Russian troops fighting against ISIL (banned in Russia), and to boost the morale of the Russian Air Force group.[6] On February 28, 2016, she visited Syria for the second time with another solo concert at the Khmeimim (air base) for the Russian troops.[7] On March 25, 2016, Zara received a Participant of the Military Operation in Syria medal for support for the operation of the Russian Armed Forces in Syria.

On December 5, 2016, Zara was designated a UNESCO Artist for Peace by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) for her commitment to the values and ideals of the organization, and shaping and strengthening the idea of peace and understanding between people. The designation ceremony took place at the UN Headquarters in Paris.[8]

Patronated by Zara September, 9 in 2017 the first International ethnic festival Music of our Hearts took place in Kolomenskoye.

December, 27 in 2017 Zara arrived in Syria for the third time to the Khmeimim (air base), where she performed for Russian officers with the group of artists.[9] At the same time, terrorists launched several rockets aimed to the airbase, but they were shot down by the Russian Anti-aircraft warfare.

January, 14 in 2018 Zara became a trustee of Vladimir Putin at the Russian presidential election, 2018.

Zara in TV show Morning at Petersburg – Channel 5, 2016

Charity work[edit]

Zara is a member of the supervisory board of the Step Forward Charity Foundation (Saint Petersburg), which helps people (children and adults) in hardships, as well as children with cancer and cerebral palsy.

Zara also takes part in multiple charity projects by the Answering the Call of the Heart Foundation helping visually impaired children established by pop singer and social activist Diana Gurtskaya. Since 2010, the singer performs at the White Cane Annual Charity Festival aiming to support the rehabilitation of visually impaired young children and adults.

On January 22, 2017, Zara became a special guest at the award ceremony of the X Anniversary We Are Together Festival of Applied Arts presenting the art of children with special needs. The event was held by the Moscow Department of Culture and the Cinematographer Foundation for Social Cultural Initiative Development. The singer opened the grand ceremony with her song "Faith", gave a speech, and also took part in educational workshops.

In the UNESCO headquarters April, 13 in 2017 Zara arranged an exhibition of the Festival laureate works "We are together". She is the Ambassador of the football competition among orphans "Future depends on you", she joined the team of federal ambassadors of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Discography[edit]

Russian name Translation Year
Сердце Джульетты The Heart Of Juliet 1999
Зара Zara 2000
Там, где течёт река Where the river runs 2002
Zara Zara 2003
Не оставляй меня одну Don't leave me alone 2004
Я не та I'm not the one 2007
Для неё For her 2009
В тёмных глазах твоих In the dark eyes of yours 2013
#Миллиметры #Millimeters 2016

Video Clips[edit]

Russian name Translation Year
Где течёт река Where the river runs 2002
Замела зима Snowy winter 2007
Небом на двоих Sky for two 2007
Для неё For her 2009
Недолюбила Not in love anymore 2009
Ничья Nobody`s 2010
Амели Amelie 2011
Любовь на бис Love encore (duet with Alexander Rosenbaum) 2011
Спящая красавица Sleeping beauty (duet with Stas Mikhailov) 2013
Счастье над Землёй Happiness above the Ground 2014
Этот год любви This year of love 2015
Ленинград Leningrad 2016
#Миллиметры #Millimeters 2017
Мир вашему дому Peace to your Home 2017
Я летаю I'm flying 2018

Awards[edit]

Orders, decorations, and medals of Russia[edit]

Ministerial awards of the Russian Federation[edit]

  • 2009 — the Arts Award of the Federal Security Service in the Musical Art category (Third Prize) — for performance of the song "It's Only a War".
  • 2009 — medal For Faith and Goodness of Kemerovo Oblast of the Russian Federation — for active charitable and social activities in Kemerovo Oblast.
  • 2011 — 65 Years of the Legal Service of the MIA of Russia medal.
  • 2015 — honorary title of the Honored Artist of the Karachay-Cherkessia — for many years of artistic work and cultural merit.
  • 2017 — the Medal for a huge contribution into the cooperation of the Russian Federation and the United Nations in questions of education, science and culture (UNESCO).

Awards and emblems of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation[edit]

  • 2016 — medal of a Participant of the Military Operation in Syria of the Ministry of Defence (Russia) (Order of the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation S.K. Shoigu No. 69 of February 8, 2016) — for support for the military operation of the Russian Armed Forces in Syria.

Public prizes and awards of the Russian Federation[edit]

  • 2002 — The National Music Award "The Golden Gramophone" for the song "Color of the Night";
  • 2005 — The National Music Award "The Golden Gramophone" for the song "Blizzard";
  • 2007 — The National Music Award "The Golden Gramophone" for the song "Love-beauty";
  • 2009 — The Award of the Federal Safety Service in nomination "Musical Art" for singing a song "It is just a war...";
  • 2009 — The national Music Award "The Golden Gramophone" for the song "For Her";
  • 2010 — The National Music Award "The Golden Gramophone" for the song "Not in love anymore" (Nedolubila);
  • 2011 — The National Music Award "The Golden Gramophone" for the song "Love for One More Time!" (Lubov na bis!) featuring Alexander Rosenbaum;
  • 2013 — The National Music Award "The Song of the Year" for the song "Sleeping Beauty" featuring Stas Mikhaylov;
  • 2014 — The National Music Award "The Song of the Year" for the song "Happiness Above the Ground";
  • 2014 — The Award of the Union State;
  • 2015 — The National Music Award "The Song of the Year" for the song "This Year of Love";
  • 2016 — The National Music Award "The Golden Gramophone" for the song "Leningrad";
  • 2016 — The National Music Award "Song of the Year" for the song "Leningrad";
  • 2017 — RU.TV Music Award in nomination "Best Video Shot Abroad";
  • 2017 — MUZ-TV Music Award in nomination "Best International Duet";
  • 2017 — Real MusicBox Award in nomination "Charity";
  • 2017 — The National Music Award "The Golden Gramophone" for the song "Millimeters";
  • 2017 — The National Music Award "The Song of the Year" for the song "Peace to Your Home".

International public titles, awards, and prizes[edit]

  • 2014 — winner of the Union State Literature and Arts Award for Artistic Presentation of the Idea of Friendship between the People of Belarus and Russia.
  • 2016 — designation of a UNESCO Artist for Peace — for commitment to the values and ideals of the organization, and shaping and strengthening the idea of peace and understanding between people.

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