Victor Kalina

Victor Kalina

Belarusian musician, chanson singer, composer and poet
Date of Birth: 03.02.1968
Country: Belarus

Biography of Viktor Kalina

Viktor Kalina is a Belarusian musician, chanson singer, composer, and poet. He was born on February 3, 1968, in the Kostanay region of the Kazakh SSR. At the age of 6, he moved to the city of Borisov with his parents. He attended 4 different schools, but only graduated from one with a music focus. Kalina spent 5 years studying the bayan at a music school and independently learned to play the guitar at the age of 7. He started writing poems and music from a young age.

From the ages of 10 to 16, Kalina was involved in competitive cycling. He achieved significant success in this sport, becoming a candidate for master of sports, a medalist of the USSR, and a champion of the BSSR in the youth category. He later served in the army and then pursued cycling tourism, where he also achieved notable results, becoming a four-time champion of the BSSR and a bronze medalist of the USSR. Despite his achievements, these pursuits did not fully captivate Kalina.

From the ages of 16 to 24, Kalina was passionate about Kyokushin karate and also engaged in unarmed combat. He participated in illegal no-holds-barred fights and attained the title of master of sports and a medalist of the USSR in unarmed combat in 1991. During his military service in the special forces of the internal troops of the Belarusian SSR Ministry of Internal Affairs, he suffered a severe head injury while suppressing mass disorders in the Baltic States, which led to his discharge.

After leaving the military, Kalina continued his involvement in unarmed combat as a coach and instructor in various schools and military units. He occasionally visited conflict zones in the Caucasus by invitation from his fellow soldiers. He then became interested in extreme yoga and achieved several records listed in the Guinness Book of Records. During this time, he also developed an interest in bardic author songs and actively participated in songwriting and author song festivals, where he received multiple awards.

Since 1989, Kalina has been fascinated by Eastern philosophy, theosophy, and parapsychology. He organized his own concerts and actively toured Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia, serving as his own promoter. From 1992 to 2007, he engaged in entrepreneurial activities.

In 1999, he released his new album "Stranger" in an uncharacteristic style for him. A year later, at the invitation of producer and owner of the "Master Sound Records - Russian Chanson" company, Yuri Sevastyanov, Kalina switched to the "Russian chanson" music direction. During this period, he moved with his family to Moscow. In March 2001, the "Russian chanson" company released his first album in the "Russian chanson" style, titled "Forgotten Land." In the fall of 2001, another album, "Prison Romance," was released.

After some time, Kalina terminated his contract with the "Russian chanson" company and continued to work as an independent performer and producer. He later realized that breaking his contract with Sevastyanov was a mistake, as his career declined after leaving him. However, he quickly got back on track and from 2002 to 2004, Kalina wrote and released four albums: "North Wind" (ArturMusic studio), "Bitter Kalina," "Courtyard Generals," and "Woman Trouble" (Classic company).

In addition to his music career, Kalina began working as a producer, overseeing the group of his wife Svetlana called "Noven'kie Murki" and recording two albums for them. His success was recognized by Igor Mikhailovich Luchenok, one of the masters of Belarusian pop music. In the autumn of 2004, due to his son Christian's illness, Kalina and his family were forced to return to Minsk.

Over the next two years, Kalina wrote and released three new albums: "Mischievous Reveler" (2005), "Old Friends" (2005), and "Golden Arrows" (2006). These albums were also released in Russia on the "Soyuz" label, and he produced 10 music videos to accompany his songs.