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ILLARIA is a young Ukrainian singer with Greek roots and the name that means “bringer of light”. Contemporaries consider her a new vocal phenomenon of Ukrainian stage. She can entrance her audience with mystical images, sensuous songs and amazing voice, with its range reaching three octaves. ILLARIA’s style of performance is notable for high emotionality and eclecticism, while her unique quality of voice carries both archaic energy of earth and cosmic, ultrasonic vibrations in one breath. Ethnic aesthetics and current music trends are delicately blended in creative work of both singer and composer. In the meantime her love for Ukrainian lyrics and folk songs has made her famous as “life of the country”.
ILLARIA is the Master of Fine Arts in Music, she graduated from R. Glier Kyiv Institute of Music and became the prize winner of the honorary award granted by the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine “For personal contribution to the development of culture in Ukraine”. She scored a whole variety of native and foreign commercials; her music can be heard in the movies and theatrical performances. ILLARIA has turned her childhood passion into a profession and a lifestyle. It was in 2007 when the singer came on stage with her first solo project. In as little as three years ILLARIA presented her debut album «³» (‘Free’) that consisted of thirteen original tracks and two Ukrainian folk-songs in her own interpretation. The singer has not only created musical content for the record but also became its producer. Together with musicians of her self-titled music band ILLARIA has sung at music venues of Ukraine, Poland, Kazakhstan and Italy, and has taken part in major international festivals, including “Mazepa Fest”(«-»),“Taras Bulba”(« »), “Gogol Fest”(«Fest»), “Trypilske Kolo”(« »), “four”, “Krayina Mriy”(« »), “Vostochniy Bazar”, “Crimea music fest”…
In the year 2011 ILLARIA and her music band won first prize at the 12th All-Ukrainian festival “Chervona Ruta” in category of “experimental music”. But it was participation in singing reality TV show “The Voice (of Ukraine)” on «1+1» channel that brought her real success. ILLARIA became semifinalist and one of the most outstanding competitors of the second project season. Advice of her musical coach Oleg Skrypka and show producer Konstantin Meladze helped the singer even more powerfully show off her original talent. This brought ILLARIA to receive recognition both from the public and from musical critics as well as from fellow-singers.
ILLARIA and her band have recently held a grand anniversary celebration dedicated to five year performance on stage, meanwhile a long-hoped-for debut video for the song « » (“Angel of Light”) appeared on TV screens, with Dmitry Peretrutov as its director.
In the near term ILLARIA is planning to pursue a concert tour across the cities of Ukraine and release two full-featured albums: one album with her new original songs and the second one with original cover versions of Ukrainian folk-songs.