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Popular singer


Member of the International Jury of the XII International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk-2014”

Popular singer

Zara (Zarifa Mgoyan) was born in Leningrad into a family of the natives of Armenia. She has been singing since she was 12. The first compositions “Just Today, Right Now”, “Heart of Juliet” and “Lullaby” (Bye-bye-bye)”, rotated by radio stations and bringing her fame, were recorded in collaboration with the composer O.Kvasha.

In 1997, Zara reached the finals of the “Morning Star” TV Contest (Moscow, Russia) and won the Grand Prix of the International Festival “Let the Children Laugh” (Cairo and Port Said, Egypt).

In 1998, she won the Grand Prix of the “Hopes of Siberia” contest (Omsk, Russia), the Open Contest of Children Song Performers “Birthday”, and the International TV Contest “Hit of the Year” (both in Saint-Petersburg, Russia). At the contest “Hopes of Europe” (Sochi, Russia) she got the first prize and Grand Prix. In 1999, at the festival “Voices-99” she received the Audience Award.

In 1999, Zara was awarded the “Prometeus Star”, the prize given to science and culture figures in Saint-Petersburg and established by Academician D.Likhachev.

In 2001,she became the prizewinner of the I Saint-Petersburg Contest for Young Performers “Spring of Romance”. She went on to get the “Hope of Russia” award for her victories in international contests and pop music festivals in 1998-2000 from the Coordination Council of Artist Unions and the Academy of Public Relations.

In 2004, Zara graduated from the Saint Petersburg State Theatre Art Academy.

In 2006, the singer took part in the music TV show “Star Factory 6” and signed a contract with the corporation of Viktor Drobysh.

In 2007, she recorded a song “Sky For Two” for the movie “The Apocalypse Code”.

Zara received the “Golden Gramophone” award for the songs “Color of the Night” (2002), “Snowstorm” (2005), “Beautiful Love” (2007), “For Her” (2009), “Didn’t Love To the Full” (2010), “Ameli” (2011), “Love Encore” (with A. Rozenbaum, 2012).

She performed the lead female part in the rock opera “Orpheus and Eurydice”.

She gave five solo concerts in the Oktyabrsky Concert Hall to the accompaniment of a symphony orchestra.

In 2008, the charity public foundation “Kind People of the World” awarded Zara a Silver Order “Service to the Art”.

In 2009, she was awarded by the FSB in the nomination “Music Art” for the interpretation of the song “It’s Just War”.

Zara is a participant of numerous TV projects and shows, including “Two Stars” (2009), “Star Factory. Return” (2011). She’s also a regular participant of the project “DOstoyanie REspubliki”, widening her repertoire with the songs by the Soviet composers.

Music videos: “Where the River Flows” (2002), “Winter Storm” (2007), “Heaven For Two” (2007), “For Her” (2009), “Didn’t Love To the Full” (2010), “Nobody’s” (2010), “Ameli” (2011), “Love Encore” (with A.Rozenbaum, 2012),”I Will Love You Forever” ( with Stas Mikhailov, 2013).

Albums: “Heart of Juliet” (1999), “Zara” (2000), “Where the River Flows” (2002), “Zara” (best songs, 2003), “Don’t Leave Me Alone” (2004), “I’m Not Like I Used to Be “ (2007), “For Her” (2009), “In Your Dark Eyes” (2013).

She starredin TV series “Named Baron…” (2001), “Russian Special Police 2”(2004), “Favorsky”(2005), “Life and Death of Lyonka Panteleyev” (2006), in the feature films “Pushkin. The Last Duel” (2006), “Small Tragedies” (2009), “White Sand”, and in short films by Irina Evteyeva “Demon”, “Ariadna” and “Theseus”.

Zara is a recipient of the National Music Award “Song of the Year -2013” for the composition “I Will Love You Forever” ( with Stas Mikhailov, 2013).

In 2014, she recorded the tracks “Remember Me”, “Love Is Like Weather”, “One Love From Million”, “Caroll’s Song” and others.

She performs pop music, ethnic compositions and romances.

In 2008, she performed on stage of the Summer Amphitheatre in the gala concert of the Masters of Arts of Russia in format of the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”.

In 2009, Zara performed with Stas Piekha the song “It Has Come, This Good Day” (lyrics by R.Kazakova, L. Derbenev, music by A.Zatsepin) on stage of the Summer Amphitheatre, took part in the gala concerts of Masters of Arts of Moscow and the Closing Ceremony of the festival.

In 2010, she participated in Raimond Paul’s recital and the gala concert of the Closing Ceremony of the International Festival of Arts.

In 2011, Zara performed with D.Pevtsov on stage of the Summer Amphitheatre the Russian folk song “The Broad Steppe” in the jubilee program marking 100 years of the Pyatnitskiy State Academic Russian National Chorus. She also took part in the Closing Ceremony of the International Festival of Arts.