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Elena Frolova

Brief Biography Profile


Born in Riga (Latvia)
1981 Begins to compose songs (at the age of 12)
1984 Begins singing on the stage (at the age of 15)
1988 Wins prizes in the categories of Best Performer and Best Composer in the Second All-Union Festival of the Bard Song in Tallinn and afterwards in numerous other festivals of this kind
1988 Forms the VerLen duo and begins singing with Vera Yevushkina


1989 Becomes an actress of the Moscow Theatre of Music and Poetry headed by Yelena Kamburova
1993 Wins the Vera Matveyeva Prize instituted by the Russian Humanitarian Foundation for Culture
1993 Becomes a founder of and an active participant in the AZiYA artistic alliance
Member of the Literary Union of Russia
Permanent member of juries at various festivals of Russian bard songs, including the V. Grushin International Festival and the Petersburg Chord International Festival
1991 Begins her concert tours singing poems by 20th-century poets and visiting many Russian cities, as well as Belarus, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Germany, Italy, France and Israel
1996 Masters the gusli psaltery and includes Russian spiritual poems and folk songs in her concerts
2002 Participates for the first time in the World Music festivals in France and Belgium
December 2003 Presents in the Youth Cultural Centre in Berne (Switzerland) and in the Maison des Cultures du Monde in Paris her solo album, Zerkalo, recorded by the L'empreinte digitale French studio (Marseilles)
9-11 December 2003 Takes part in the congress On the Historical Experience of the Soviet Communist Totalitarianism: Confrontation with the GULAG, in Milan, with her programme based on poems by V. Shalamov and A. Barkova
2004 Participates with her programme based on V. Shalamov's poems in the Live History seminar in the Shalamov Museum within the framework of Switzerland's Days in Vologda event
March 2004 Represents Russia in the Divas of Eurasia First International Festival in Moscow with a concert programme of Russian folk songs and spiritual poems

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