The participants

Valerija ILJIN

Valerija was born on March 10, 1995, in Panevezys, into a family of teachers. She finished music school (violin), the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art. In 2012, she entered the Vilnius Conservatory to study jazz singing.

In 2009, Valerija was a first prize winner at the festivals “Little Stars”, “Steps to Heaven”, “Your chance”.

In 2010, she reached the final of the competition “We are the world”.

In 2011, she gave her first solo concert together with “Jazz-comfort” band, headed by R. Bagdonas, performed as a soloist at the Big Band Festival (Lithuania) and the festival “Tartu” (Estonia), starred in the musical “Mary Poppins” (Panevezys) and got the first prize in the international competitions “Spring Fiesta” and “Jazz Fountain”.

In 2012, the singer was a prizewinner of the contest “The Song of Songs”, and was recognized as the discovery of “The Voice of Lithuania” TV project.

In 2013, she performed as a soloist of the big band of the conservatory and orchestra “Panevėžio garsas”.

In 2014, Valerija presented her first song “Eternity”, founded “Divas & gentlemen” musical group, appeared in the play “The Public”.

After graduating from the Conservatory, she entered the Vilnius Collegium to specialize in “musical theater actor”.

In 2015, Valerija was a member of the jury of the competition “Jazz Fountain”, performed in Lithuania together with T. Alenchik, and studied and worked at the New York Academy of Drama (USA).

In 2016, she won Grand Prix at the International Festival “The League of Music Talent”.