Nelly Chiobanu

Nelly Chiobanu

Moldovan singer.
Date of Birth: 28.10.1974
Country: Moldova

Biography of Nelly Ciobanu

Nelly Ciobanu is a Moldovan singer, born on October 28, 1974, in the village of Kanina, Kantemir district, Moldova. She graduated from the Tiraspol Music College and made her first professional stage appearance at the "Morning Star" competition in 1994. At just 19 years old, Nelly won first place at the festival, receiving universal admiration from both the audience and professionals. Renowned musicians predicted a bright future for her.

In 1996, Nelly confirmed her status as the best young pop singer in the country by winning the "Maluri de Prut" competition in Moldova. The following year, she was awarded the third prize at the "Mamaia 97" competition in Romania, gaining recognition for her musical and artistic talents. In 1998, Nelly's silver voice resonated along the entire Black Sea coast in Yalta after she won third place at the "Sea of Friends" festival, capturing the devoted love of the audience for many years.

In 1999, Nelly's energetic performance and poignant voice made her a beloved favorite at the "Voice of Asia" festival, where she secured second place. That same year, she received the first prize at the "Vladimir Ivasiuk" festival, earning recognition from the Ukrainian audience.

In 2000, Nelly caused a sensation at the prestigious "Slavic Bazaar" competition in Belarus, winning the first prize and capturing the enthusiastic applause of the audience. The entire country held its breath as she performed at the "New Wave" festival in Jurmala in 2003, earning her the second prize. Contestants, spectators, and the jury proclaimed Nelly Ciobanu as the true discovery of the festival. She garnered numerous rave reviews, with many praising her southern temperament, deep and pure voice, and open heart. Her songs were said to encapsulate the soul of Moldova, and her heart exuded true patriotism and pride for her homeland.

In the same year, Nelly received the Grand Prix at the "Claudia Shulzhenko" competition. Her career rapidly flourished, and she performed on stage with Western and Russian pop stars. Her concerts were scheduled years in advance, spanning Eastern and Western Europe, China, and Korea. Nelly Ciobanu became the face and pride of Moldova, and wherever her songs were heard, people proudly mentioned the name of the small Eastern European country.

Over the past few years, Nelly has released four albums and is currently preparing her fifth, which will include the song "Hora din Moldova" (Moldovan Hora dance) for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. The music was composed by Viacheslav Danilyuk, with lyrics by Andrei Gadjiu and Nelly herself.

Despite her youth, Nelly Ciobanu is the most respected pop singer in Moldova, as evidenced by her six consecutive VIP awards. In 2001, she was honored with the title of Honored Artist of the Republic of Moldova. Since 2007, she has hosted one of the most popular music programs in Moldova, "Vedete la bis" (Stars Encore), on television. In 2006, Nelly became a happy mother, dedicating her performance at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest to her little daughter, Mirella, who became her biggest fan in the world.

In May 2009, Nelly represented Moldova at the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow, reaching the final and ultimately securing 14th place.