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 Tamara  Miansarova

Born:   March 5, 1931
Deceased:   July 13, 2017

Famous singer, voice of the 1960s and 1970s, the People's Artist of the RF


Tamara Miansarova was born in Zinovievsk (now the town of Kropivnitsky, Ukraine) on March 5, 1931. Her maiden surname was Remneva. Her father was an actor of the Odessa Musical Drama and Comedy Theater and an artist and her mother was a singer.
During the Great Patriotic War, she stayed with her mother in occupied Minsk. Afterwards she studied at the music school of the Lunacharsky Belarusian State Conservatory (now the Belarusian State Music Academy).
In 1957 she graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory majoring in piano under Lev Oborin. Upon graduation from the Conservatory, Tamara Miansarova was assigned to work as a concertmaster and a vocal consultant at the Lunacharsky Institute of Theatrical Art (GITIS), but after three months she began her solo career on stage.

In 1958 Tamara Miansarova won the 3rd Prize at the All-Union Contest of Variety Performers, where she performed the Johann Strauss waltz to her own piano accompaniment. Following that she toured with the orchestra of Lazi Olah, and then acted in the play "When the Stars Light Up" of the Moscow Music Hall.
From the early 1960s Tamara Miansarova was the soloist of Igor Granov Ensemble. With this band she won the international festivals in Helsinki (Finland, 1962) and Sopot (Poland, 1963) with the songs "Ai-Lyuli" set by Lyudmila Liadova to Boris Brianskiy’s lyrics and "Let there Always be the Sun" by Arkady Ostrovsky to Lev Oshanin’s lyrics.
In 1966, she won four first awards at the pop song contest "Friendship", which took place in the capitals of six countries, namely the USSR, the GDR, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Bulgaria and Hungary.
Subsequently, the singer gained all-Union fame with the popular songs, such as "Black Cat", "Letka-enka", "Ryzhik", "Let's never quarrel", "Top-top", "Golden Key", "Eyes on the Sand" and others.

In 1970, Albert Atakhanov directed the musical film "The Solar Ballad" dedicated to Tamara Miansarova.
In the early 1970s, following her conflict with the leaders of the Culture Ministry, Tamara Miansarova was banned from going abroad, and her shows and performances were no longer broadcast on radio and television. The singer had to resign from MosConcert, and then worked at the Donetsk Regional Philharmonic Society for 12 years.
In the 1980s she returned to Moscow. From 1988 to 1996 she taught vocal at the GITIS and the Youth Creativity House "Na Taganka".
Tamara Miansarova became the People's Artist of the Russian Federation in 1996 and was awarded the Badge of Honor Order and the Order of Peoples' Friendship.
In 2012 the singer authored a book of memoirs under the title In Life and on Stage Alike.
Her first husband was pianist Eduard Miansarov, who became the father to their son Andrew (born in 1956), a pianist and composer. Tatiana’s second husband was composer Leonid Garin and third husband was sound engineer Igor Khlebnikov. Her daughter of the third marriage is Catherine (born in 1971), a poetess. From the early 1980s Tamara Miansarova was married to violinist Mark Feldman.
The renowned singer, who is considered to be “the voice of the 1960s and 1970s”, died in Moscow on July 13, 2017.

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