Biography of Maria Pakhomenko

Maria Pakhomenko - Soviet and Russian singer, People's Artist of Russia (1998). In her style of performance, she combined folk style with pop vocals, was loved by the audience for the heartfelt singing and soft timbre of her voice.
In the photo: Maria PakhomenkoIn the photo: Maria Pakhomenko

Childhood and adolescence

The future singer was born in a small Belarusian village with a musical name Lute, where at that time her parents were teachers. Soon the family moved to Leningrad, where Maria went to the first class. From an early age, the girl had a beautiful voice and an absolute ear for music, sang in the choir and even organized a music quartet with her classmates.
Maria Pakhomenko in her youthMaria Pakhomenko in her youth
In addition to singing, Masha was seriously interested in learning French and, after graduating from school, dreamed of entering the translation department. However, life made its own adjustments to its plans, and after the ninth grade, Maria decided to get a working specialty and took the documents to the radio engineering college, which, being creative in nature, graduated with difficulty.
Later, Maria nevertheless began to do what she loved - she graduated from a music school, got a job at a school as a singing teacher, and devoted all her free time to creativity, speaking in an amateur art club at the local Palace of Culture.
Maria Pakhomenko and Alexander Kolker got married two years after they metMaria Pakhomenko and Alexander Kolker got married two years after they met
Once a girl came across an ad about recruiting vocalists in a musical ensemble that could not but interest her. Masha came to audition with her school quartet and sang a few songs. Members of the selection committee were completely fascinated by their performance and unanimously accepted the guys in the team. One of the founders of the Leningrad pop music ensemble was a young composer Alexander Kolker, who two years later became the husband of Pakhomenko.

Musical career

It was Kolker who persuaded Maria to leave the ensemble after a few years and go on a solo voyage. In 1964, Alexander wrote the music for the song “Shakes, Swings”, which was used in the play “I Am in a Thunderstorm” based on the novel by Daniil Granin. Kolker suggested to Maria to write down the lyric composition for the radio.Success surpassed all their expectations - they talked about Pakhomenko as a new pop star, the songs performed by her began to sound on radio and television.
Maria Pakhomenko - "Shakes, shakes"
In 1964, the first records began to be released with songs by Pakhomenko to the music of Kolker. For several years, thanks to such a fruitful creative union of Alexander and Maria, there were records with the songs “I Feel Happiness” (1964), “Beautiful Words” (1965), “Quench My Sorrow” (1966). The most popular song of that period was, of course, “Girls Stand”, released in 1967.
Maria Pakhomenko - “Girls are standing”
The singer quickly gained recognition not only from the audience, but also at competitions and festivals. So, in 1964, Pakhomenko won the contest of the radio station "Youth", singing the song "Again ships are sailing somewhere." Records of Pakhomenko came out in millions of copies and immediately became the hits that the whole country sang. This was confirmed in 1968, when the popular singer received the “Jade disc” in Cannes for selling 2.5 million of their records.
Songs of Maria Pakhomenko instantly became hitsSongs of Maria Pakhomenko instantly became hits
In addition to Kolker, the music for the gentle mezzo-soprano Pakhomenko was written by such eminent Soviet composers,like Alexandra Pakhmutova (“My Beloved”) and Oscar Feltsman (“Waltz by Candle”). Maria also “resurrected” the forgotten popular songs of the past years - “There is no Better That Color” by Matthew Blanther and “To us in Saratov” by Mark Fradkin. A great success was brought by Pahomenko duets with such popular performers as Edward Gil and the VIA Singing Guitars.
Maria Pakhomenko - “My beloved”
For twenty years of her brilliant career, Maria traveled the whole Soviet Union on tours, visited many foreign countries, became the owner of Golden Orpheus (1971) for her performance of Alexandra Pakhmutova's song “My Beloved” and other prestigious music awards. In 1976, the singer was awarded the high titles of Honored Artist of the USSR. In 1982, the singer conducted her own music program “Maria Pakhomenko Invites” on Leningrad television.
Maria Pakhomenko with the Golden Orpheus awardMaria Pakhomenko with the Golden Orpheus award
Along with Lyudmila Senchina and Valentina Tolkunova Pakhomenko, for many Soviet listeners, she became an example of a touching and heartfelt performance of lyrical songs. But in the early nineties, the popularity of the singer began to decline, replaced by Pakhomenko came more modern performers: Alla Pugacheva, Sofia Rotaru, Edita P'eha.Maria did not accept new trends in culture, spoke negatively about new pop and rock music and did not want to change her repertoire to please the public.
Maria Pakhomenko. Interview with Oksana Pushkina in the program "Female Look"

The personal life of Maria Pakhomenko

Maria and Alexander Kolker got married in early youth, when the girl was barely nineteen and her chosen one was twenty-three. In his youth, Kolker conquered Mary with his music, and the young singer at first sight charmed Alexander with her voice and charm. For all fans, this pair was one of the most harmonious in the Soviet stage. They lived together for more than fifty years, brought up daughter Natasha.

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