Valeria Lesovskaya

Valeria Lesovskaya

Date of Birth: 13.10.1975
Country: Russia

Biography of Valeria Lesovskaya

Valeria Lesovskaya was born under the sign of Libra on October 13th. Her mother, Tatiana Alexeevna, is an engineer-architect from Kursk, while her father, Valery Markovich, is a volleyball master from Tula. Her parents met during their studies in Dnepropetrovsk, where Valeria was born. Despite being born there, she always considered Russia her homeland.

Valeria Lesovskaya

Valery, her father, named her. However, he did very little for his daughter, as her parents divorced just four years later. Valeria and her mother moved to Ukraine to live with her grandmother in Dneprodzerzhinsk. It was here that Valeria's musical abilities began to manifest and develop. Both her grandmother and mother were talented singers who enjoyed performing folk and pop songs. Valeria especially adored Anna German and Alla Pugacheva.

Even at a young age, Valeria had a desire not only to sing well-known songs but also to create something unique. However, she lacked an instrument to learn how to play. Piano was considered a luxury at the time. Fortunately, a neighbor had an old German piano at their home. Under the pretense of playing dolls, Valeria would go over to her friend's house to learn music. Without knowing how to read sheet music, she would play songs by ear. Her first achievement was learning to play the simple melody of the song "Sunny Circle, Sky Around..."

However, Valeria's music lessons did not last long. After a year and a half, her mother was transferred to Donetsk for work. It was there that Valeria's first songwriting abilities began to surface. At the age of seven, she wrote her first poem, "Spring," and at eleven, her mother managed to scrape together enough money to buy a piano, allowing Valeria to write her first song, "Falling Leaf..."

Valeria went on to study piano at a music school, but she felt it was not enough. She quickly became bored of solfeggio and music theory, so she requested to join a composition class as an additional elective. By this time, she had already written several songs and had the idea to create a school ensemble to perform not only for her friends but also for a larger audience. However, instead of forming an ensemble, she was assigned to handle public work at school. Nevertheless, the school recognized her songwriting abilities, and she was sent to a Young Composers' competition.

Valeria experienced her first victories and began appearing on television. On her thirteenth birthday, she asked for a guitar as a gift. After learning just three chords, she immediately started composing songs. Within six months, she received a diploma at the Spoyemte, Druzya! Bard contest. However, her greatest joy came from the fact that her songs started to resonate with her friends. They would play well-known songs on a bench in the evenings, while Valeria performed her freshly written hits, which quickly spread among songbooks.

Before finishing school, Valeria had to move again, first to Snekush (Lithuania) and then back to Dneprodzerzhinsk. And once again, luck was on her side. While vacationing at a pioneer camp in Yalta and playing her songs on the guitar, Valeria caught the attention of a photojournalist from a regional newspaper. He believed her songs and vocal abilities had great potential. Upon returning home, he introduced her to a producer who organized many rock festivals. After listening to Valeria's performance, the producer decided to venture into the teenage pop scene and organize the international competition Teen Wave. Valeria took an honorable first place, second only to a Polish group, and was immediately dubbed the First Lady of Teen Wave music. This brought her more television appearances, newspaper coverage, and concerts.

After completing school, Valeria easily enrolled in a music college for conducting. Everything was going well until her producer decided to send her to Moscow for the Morning Star competition. During the qualifying round, Valeria heard the professionally made backing tracks of the other contestants and realized that the provincial pop scene was far behind the capital's standards. This thought sparked the idea of moving to Moscow, as she would rather be the last in the city than the first in the village (a Russian saying).

After her return from Moscow, Valeria severed ties with her producer, who did not approve of her decision. She decided to take matters into her own hands. Without completing her music college education (she had one year left), Valeria organized a rehearsal for her admission to the Gnesin Russian Academy of Music. Arriving at the entrance exams without a college diploma, she could only hope for a miracle. And a miracle happened! The admission committee, consisting of well-known musicians such as Kobzon, Velikanova, Leshchenko, and Bril, was impressed by Valeria's performance and accepted her into the academy.

It is difficult to describe the joy Valeria and her mother felt. Her mother, who had once dreamed of attending Gnesin, saw her dream fulfilled in her daughter. The year was very challenging, as Valeria had to juggle her studies at the college and the academy simultaneously. However, she managed to graduate from college with honors and achieve good results in the academy. Her mentors, Velikanova and Kobzon, were pleased with her progress.

Leaving behind her "provincial life," Valeria moved to Moscow at the age of nineteen, and it turned out to be a permanent move. She faced difficulties trying to break into the Moscow music scene, as no one awaited her arrival with open arms, especially with her Ukrainian accent. She had to offer her services as a background vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter in order to make a name for herself. In 1996, a young singer decided to perform one of Valeria's songs, "Don't Say You Love Me," which instantly became popular. However, Valeria remained unknown and unrecognized, and she even had not been paid royalties for her song! Once again, her provincial assertiveness came to her rescue. Valeria marched into the offices of the Soyuz music publishing company and demanded her royalties. They paid her and offered her a position as a songwriter for the company, as well as a soloist in a newly formed group.

After a year of working in the group, singing pop songs on plywood stages, Valeria decided to pick up her guitar again. And you know the rest of the story!