The participants

Edita PIEKHA

People’s Artist of the USSR (1988)

Russia

Edita Piekha has more than once participated in the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”. She performed in the gala concerts of masters of arts of Russia, jubilee concerts of well-established singers, was the guest of the “Star Hour” shows together with her creative family: Ilona Bronevitskaya and Stas Piekha who also took part in numerous festival concerts.

In 2007, the Summer Amphitheatre hosted her benefit concert “Half A Century With Songs”.

“I had a dream to celebrate the 50th anniversary of my career in Vitebsk, at this marvelous festival. I was one of the first to perform on stage of the Summer Amphitheatre, when it was the venue of the Festival of Polish Song”, said Edita Piekha.

In 2013, the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko conferred “Through Art to Peace and Mutual Understanding” special award on the singer and her Star was opened on the Walk of Fame in Vitebsk.

 

Edita Piekha was born in Noyelles-sous-Lens, France, on 31 July 1937. In 1946, her family returned to Poland. She finished with honours the Walbrzych State College of Pedagogy(Poland).

In 1955, completing the Russian language course in Gdansk (Poland), she went to study to the USSR and entered the psychology department of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Leningrad State University named after Zhdanov.

In 1956, Edita Piekha became a soloist of the vocal instrumental ensemble “Druzhba” under A.Bronevitsky.

In 1958, she performed a song for the film “Red Leaves”.

In 1962, Piekha won the First Prize of the II All-Union Pop Artists Contest in Moscow.

In 1965, she gave 47 concerts in a row on stage of “Olympia” in Paris (France) with the Moscow Music Hall.

In 1967, she performed at the opening of the Big Concert Hall “Oktyabrsky” in Leningrad.

In 1968, at theWorld Festival of Youth and Students(Sofia, Bulgaria) she was awarded golden medals for the song “Ogromnoe Nebo” (music: O. Feltsman, lyrics: R.Rozhdestvensky) and won the First Prize for the interpretation of the song “Sleduyushchy” (composer: V.Uspensky, lyrics: L.Palei).

In1969, hersoloconcertswereheldin“Olympia”.

In 1970, Edita Piekha received a golden medal at the World Pop Song Festival “Varadero” and the honorary title “Miss Song” (Cuba). She went on to receive the major award at the MIDEM international music market for the record-breaking number of the released records.

Over the 20 years of her creative collaboration with “Druzhba” ensemble she has recorded over 20 disks with smash hits of the Soviet stage.

In 1985, she was the first Soviet pop artist to perform on stage of Carnegie Hall in New York (USA).

Edita Piekha has received numerous recognitions and awards including “Queen of the Song of St. Petersburg” (1994), the “Ovation” Russian National Prize (1996, in the nomination “Living Legend”), Memorable Prize of K.Shulzhenko for the outstanding contribution to development of pop song (1997), “Legend of Music” prize of the TV festival “Song of the Year” (2006), the “Diamond Microphone” music award of the “Russian Radio” (2007), the “Ovation” Russian National Prize (2008, in the nomination “Masters”), the “Goddess of the Air” music prize (2009, as a singer whose songs have been on the air for over 50 years), the Badge of Honor “For Merits for St. Petersburg” (2012).

In 1998, her personal Star was opened on the Star Square at the Concert Hall “Russia” (Moscow).

Edita Piekha is a holder of the Order “For Strengthening of Friendship Among Peoples Through Art” (1969, France), Order of Czechoslovak-Soviet Friendship (1978, Czechoslovakia), Order of Friendship of Peoples (1980), Order of the Red Banner of Labour (1987), “For Merit for the Fatherland of the IV Degree (1997), “For Merit for the Fatherland of the III Degree (2007), “Golden Cross of Merit” (Poland).