Valery Leontyev celebrates 70 years today
• Valery Leontyev celebrates 70 years today
March 19 celebrates its anniversary is one of the most famous Russian singer, People's Artist of Russia Valery Leontyev - it's hard to believe, but the idol of the public is 70 years old. In the press from time to time there are news that the singer leaves the scene, but he has repeatedly denied these rumors - in spite of health problems, Leontiev still energetic and not going to stop the concerts.
In the biography of the famous singer many gaps, especially in relation to childhood and youth, because of what is often born the myths that do not match reality. Thus, in some publications indicate that parents were Leontiev Yakut herders and roamed constantly, which is why the boy for a long time did not go to school. the singer's family does not have to do with art - his father, coast-dwellers from Arkhangelsk region, rather than the Yakut, worked as a veterinarian, specializing in deer, and so they often went on business trips for the Far North. Valery was born in the village of Ust-Usa, Komi, and spent his childhood in the city Yurievets. During his studies at the school he was involved in the drama club and was the soloist in the choir, but not even dreamed of a career artist. After unsuccessful attempts to enter the radio engineering technical school after the 8th grade Valery graduated from high school, then suddenly he decided to try his luck in the theater institute. However, an attempt to enter the GITIS was unsuccessful, too.
Before you connect his life with the scene, the future actor tried many professions, and it's not a myth. In his youth, he had the opportunity to work as an electrician, and a postman, and an auxiliary worker in a brick factory, and tesemschikom-greaser to flax spinning factory, and even a tailor. 3 years Leontiev disaccustomed in Mining Institute in Vorkuta, but then dropped out. The first success on stage - in the House of Culture Vorkuta - inspired him to ensure that further progress in this direction, and soon he won the regional competition "We are looking for talent" in Syktyvkar.
For a while Leontiev worked in the Philharmonic in Syktyvkar, performing as a soloist with the collective "Echo" in the houses of culture. For the first time on the big stage, he was released in 1978, and after a successful performance in the concert hall in Gorky, he was invited to work in the local philharmonic. And the first great success came to him after 30, after winning the 16th International Festival of a variety song "Golden Orpheus" in Sopot.
A lot in life Leontief was associated with the Ukraine - his mother was a native of the Zaporozhye region, elder sister Valentina (mother's daughter from his first marriage) spent her life in Zaporozhye, in the same city was born longtime producer of the singer - Nikolai Kara, he for a while he worked in the Philharmonic in Lugansk (Voroshilovgrad) in 1986 acted in Chernobyl liquidators in the village of Cape Verde, and its first title he also received in Ukraine - in 1987, Leontiev was the Honored artist of the Ukrainian SSR.
Pause in creative activity, which sometimes happened in the biography of Leontiev, have been linked to serious health problems. Even in 1982, the singer underwent surgery to remove the tumor and throat for some time did not speak until he regained his voice. Back on the scene helped him Raimonds Pauls, which Leontiev has long cooperated. Recently, the singer sometimes forced to cancel concerts due to health problems - for example, in the autumn of 2018 he was not able to go on stage in Sochi due to pneumonia, and shortly before it overturned speech in Tula from the increased pressure. Nevertheless, on the eve of its 70th anniversary he continued to tour.
And Valery Leontiev looks good in his mature years - he still pulled up, as a young man. Because of this, it is often written about as a sports fan. But it is a myth - he admits he was once really a lot of time devoted to training, but treated them as a boring and exhausting occupation. Now he only performs a complex exercises needed as charging and the main secret of the good physical form and calls the genes chosen profession, which never gives him relax. The two-hour concert replaces him some training, because the singer has always been very active and energetic on stage, taking part in the dance room with his ballet.
The singer often hear reproaches in my address about the quality of the music performed. On this occasion, he said: "If the pop - pop music, then I find it funny trying to distance itself from it when I full halls of Moscow and St. Petersburg to the suburbs. Of course, my music is popular, attracting thousands of people ... I do not need no snobbery or bigotry. I talk to people music that gives them pleasure, and absolutely not ashamed. "
In response to the regular press statements that Leontiev gives a farewell tour, the singer replied: "Do not wait!" He himself has never made statements to the effect that it intends to withdraw from the scene, and his concerts are still going full halls. On the stage, he spent 47 years, during this time releasing over 20 albums, and does not want to dwell on this - by his own admission, he had no profession of his life is simply not.