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Lili IVANOVA

People’s Artist of Bulgaria, popular singer

Bulgaria

Member of the International Jury of the XXIII International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk”.

People’s Artist of Bulgaria, popular singer.

Lili Ivanova was born in Kubrat. In her early years she taught herself to play the accordion. She went in for artistic gymnastics and was the first at the Republican championship in Ruse in 1952. Her singing talent was discovered when Lili Ivanova attended a school choir under Hr.Ivandzhikov.

In 1959, she finished a medical professional school in Varna, but worked as a nurseonly for one year. Lili was a singer in a pop group at the House of Culture, played the accordion and was a conductor. Her performances in the city were becoming regular and popular.

Her career as a singer begins in the 1960s.In the summer of 1960, she went on unofficial tour, taking a leave and joining a group of strolling musicians. For some time she sang in restaurants, then became a professional singer of the Concert Directorate in Sofia and went on tour extensively.

In 1962, she was included into a group of artists going on international tour to Romania. Lili Ivanova’s performance in the Concert Hall “Bulgaria” was heard by the musician and conductor Z.Radoev, who after the auditions included her into the country’s tour in trio “Southern Rhythms”.

Lili Ivanova gained popularity performing Y.Tsankov’s song “On Saturday Night”. In 1963, her first solo album was released in Romaniaand this album was the first ever LP of a Bulgarian performer. Soon the singer went on tour to the USSR.

Her first international prize was a “Golden Key” at the festival in Bratislava in 1966 for the interpretation of “Adagio” by the Bulgarian composer A.Zaberski. She went on to win the festivals in Poland, Bulgaria, Spain, France, Greece, Brazil, Japan, Chile and many other countries. The singer’s name became Bulgaria’s hallmark.

Lili Ivanova has more than once been awarded with the title “Best Female Singer of the Year in Bulgaria”.

In 2005, her song “Camino” (1968) got into the Sony Ericsson compilation of 40 everlasting world hits.

In 1969, she was given a “Golden Disc” international prize at “MIDEM” in Cannes (France) for the albums “Lili Ivanova” and “Lili Ivanova Sings”, released and sold in over 1 million copies.

In 1969, she was granted the title of the Honoured Artist of Bulgaria, and in 1981 People’s Artist of Bulgaria.

Between 1986 and 1991, Lili lived and worked in Germany.

In 1993, in collaboration with the musician Ch. Vladovsky, she opened a music studio.

In 1997, the International Women Association nominated her one of the most famous women of the 20th century.

In 1998, Lili received the highest award of Sv. Nikolai Chudotvorets (St Nicholas the Miracle Worker) (Russia).

In 1999, President Peter Stoyanov awarded Lili Ivanova withthe highest Bulgarian State Award, “Stara Planina” medal, for her contribution to the Bulgarian pop music.

In 1999, the Mayor of Sofia awarder her with the titled of “Honoured Citizen of the City”, in 2001 the same title was awarded by the Mayor of Kubrat.

In May 2006, her Star appeared on the Walk of Fame in Sofia (Bulgaria).

Since 2006, Lili Ivanova has been working with the music group including Ognyan Enev (piano, sax), Biser Ivanov (guitar), Orlin Tsvetanov (violin).

In 2006, she received the Order of Catherine the Great (Russia).

In 2008, Lili released a CD “One Love” and a double DVD “Golden Collection” with the concert in Sofia in 2007.

In January 2009, she gave a concert in “Olympia” Hall in Paris. She is the only Bulgarian singer to have received this honour.

In April 2009, she gave a solo concert in Moscow in format of the Days of Friendship of Sofia and Moscow.

In 2009, her autobiography “Istinata” was published.

In 2012, Lili starred in a documentary “Goddesses of Socialism”.

On December 22, 2012, she gave a unique four-hour concert for 20 000 audience in Armeets Arena in Sofia.This song marathon gave birth to a new Bulgarian award “Concert of the Year”. Lili Ivanova was the first to receive the award.

In 2013, her solo concert in “Au centre Culturel & Congres de Woluwe Saint Pierre” (Brussels, Belgium) was sold out. She was invited by Ilija Reznik to give a solo concert in the Kremlin Palace (Moscow, Russia), and recorded three new songs with his lyrics.

In February 2014, she presented a new solo program in the Bulgarian National Opera. The show is to be presented in all the largest Bulgarian cities before the end of the year.

Lili Ivanova’s recorded over 600 songs in 35 albums, with many becoming “golden” in Europe.

She’s performed in prestigious concert halls all over the Earth (except Australia) and given more than 10 000 concerts.

Lili Ivanova performed in Vitebsk in 1997 in format of the Days of Bulgarian Culture at the festival of arts “Slavianski Bazaar”.

She was a member of the International Jury of the International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-1997”.