Ivan Matvienko

Ivan Matvienko

Russian producer
Country: Russia

Biography of Ivan Matvienko

Ivan Matvienko is a Russian producer and manager of his wife, Elena 'Vaenga' Khruleva. He first met Elena while they were both preparing to enter the Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Musical College. Their romance did not sit well with Elena's strict father, and after a fight, she left home and went to live with Matvienko. At that time, the situation in the country was extremely difficult, and Matvienko had to support his family by any means necessary. His job as a watchmaker did not bring in much income, so he began smuggling cars across the border. This dangerous work allowed him to support Elena's career as a singer, as she needed to buy costumes and pay for studio time. Although Elena did not have much fame at the time, her performances were often recognized with diplomas and awards. Matvienko had little time for housework, and their constant moves made it difficult to create a comfortable home. Eventually, Matvienko decided it was time to take Elena's career seriously and declared himself her official producer. Elena took on the stage name Vaenga, in honor of the river on which she was born. Being a producer was not easy for Matvienko, as he lacked the necessary connections in the industry. He initially collaborated with a gypsy music group called "Kabriolet," performing on small stages in front of small audiences. In 1998, Matvienko managed to get Elena's first professional recording on the St. Petersburg radio station "Russian Chanson." The radio management decided to give the young singer some airtime on the program "Night Taxi," and listeners enjoyed her singing. Over time, Elena also broke into the airwaves of "Radio Chanson." Her career began to take off, and she became consumed by the entertainment industry, leaving her with little time for her husband. Most of her concerts and tours required her constant presence in Moscow, where she stayed in hotels. It took some time for Elena to establish herself in Moscow, as her first attempt ended in failure and she returned to St. Petersburg. However, Matvienko convinced her to give it another try, and this time Vaenga was able to solidify her presence in the capital. The constant traveling took a toll on Ivan and Elena's relationship. For a while, Matvienko tried to distract himself by promoting his talented sister, Raisa Otradnaya. However, he was unable to completely forget his sadness. While Elena earns a substantial income from her performances, Matvienko no longer engages in car smuggling and spends more time at home, watching television. Both spouses find it difficult to cope with their forced separation. For example, right before Vaenga's birthday, Matvienko simply left home. Now that Elena no longer needs constant support, Ivan has more time for his hobbies, such as oil painting and taking care of dogs. Despite having free time and no financial problems, the practice shows that it is difficult to live in the most ideal conditions if you don't have someone to lean on.

Ivan Matvienko

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