Sofia Rotaru is a famous pop singer, conductor, dancer and entrepreneur. In addition to performing on stage, she managed to play in three films and more than 20 musicals. The singer has dozens of awards and prizes.
In her biography there were many ups and downs, however, as in the biographies of many famous people.
So, before you biography of Sophia Rotaru.
Short biography of Rotaru
Sofia Mikhailovna Evdokimenko-Rotaru was born on August 7, 1947 in the Moldovan village of Marshintsy, in the Chernivtsi region of Ukraine.
She had two brothers and three sisters. The love for singing was instilled by Sofia's older sister Zina, who was blind from birth.
Childhood and youth
Sofia Rotaru's musical talent manifested itself in childhood. When she was 7 years old, she sang in the church choir, which is why she wanted to be expelled from the ranks of the pioneers.
In addition to singing, she was also interested in theatrical art. She even attended a local drama club and at the same time engaged in singing. At nightfall, Sophia took the button accordion in her hands and went to the barn to learn songs.
Noticing his daughter's passion for music, his father taught her to sing properly, because he himself had an absolute ear and an extraordinary voice.
In her youth, Sofia was also interested in sports. During her studies, she managed to take 1st place in school on all-round.
In the future, due to her good physical condition, Rotaru herself performed some of the stunts on the set, without the help of stuntmen.
At the age of 15, Rotaru made her first appearance at the district competition, taking 1st place. Then, she won the regional show in Chernivtsi.
After graduating from school, Sophia entered the Chernivtsi School of Music. In 1964, a significant event took place in her biography: she sings in the Kremlin Palace of Congresses, where the metropolitan public very warmly accepts her.Sophia Rotaru in her youth
Soon she was able to perform at the Republican Festival of folk talent, held in Kiev. And victory again!
Gradually, Sofia became more and more popular, and already in 1965 her photo was placed on the cover of the magazine "Ukraine". Soon this photo was seen by her future husband, Anatoly Evdokimenko, who was also a creative person.
Acquainted with the rising star of the stage, he was able to organize an orchestra for her. Since that time, two young people have never parted.
In 1968 Sofia Rotaru became a participant of the 9th World Festival of Youth and Students, held in Bulgaria. And there she was again waiting for success.
She became the best performer of a folk song, receiving positive feedback from members of the jury and sympathy from the audience. In the same year, Rotaru married Evdokimenko.
In this marriage, they had a boy Ruslan. Interestingly, the husband was in no hurry to have a child, because he still continued to learn. However, the birth of a son brought the couple closer together and firmly strengthened their relationship.
At the age of 24, a movie appears in the biography of Rotaru. She starred in the short film "Chervona Ruta", which the public liked very much. The audience was delighted with the singing of a young girl with a beautiful face and slim figure.
Then she began to actively cooperate with the little-known but promising composer Vladimir Ivasyuk. He was able to write for her many songs that brought her great popularity.
Later, Sofia went on tour in the republics of the Soviet Union, and then to foreign countries. Wherever she appeared, a warm welcome awaited her everywhere.
In 1973, Rotaru was awarded the title of Honored Artist of the Ukrainian SSR. This was not the first, but a very important reward in her biography.
Since the beginning of the 70s, songs by Rotaru have often received awards in the TV show "Song of the Year." Many composers and poets of that time sought to cooperate with her.
In 1974 she graduated from the Chisinau Institute of Arts. G. Muzichesku, and soon released the album "Sophia Rotaru".
In 1975, the girl starred in the movie "The song is always with us." In this film there were many episodes taken from Rotaru’s personal biography.
In the same 1975, due to frequent disagreements with the leadership of the Communist Party, she had to move to Yalta. Due to her vocal abilities, she quickly became the leading soloist of the local philharmonic society.
Every year its popularity gained momentum. Rotaru was constantly invited to participate in the New Year's “Blue lights”, where the most famous cultural figures gathered.
The famous poet Andrei Voznesensky was so impressed with her work that in 1977 he devoted her poem "The Voice" to her.
In 1980, Sofia Rotaru confidently won the competition in Tokyo. Then she was in search of a new stage image that would maximally reflect her character.
Once, she decided to go on stage in pants, which previously did not allow any performer.
In the same year, the movie “Where are you, love?” Was released, in which Rotaru sang the song “First Rain”. The film was seen by 22 million Soviet citizens. Soon an album with compositions from this film appears on sale.
In 1983, the singer gave a number of concerts in Canada, and in the same place recorded the album "Canadian Tour 1983". As a result, the Soviet leadership banned her and the team members from leaving the USSR for 5 years.
Interestingly, in the same year, Sofia Mikhailovna was awarded an important title for her biography - People's Artist of Moldova.
A year later, the album "Gentle Melody" was on sale, which became the sales leader on the territory of the Soviet Union. In addition, she was awarded the Order of "Friendship of Peoples".
Sofia Rotaru and Alla Pugacheva
The singer was so famous and in demand that only Alla Pugacheva could compete with her. There is still an opinion that between the two superstar pop stars is a long-standing feud. And for this there are reasons.
According to one of the versions, the prima donna was jealous of her spouse for Rotar. Because of this, she did her best to make her opponent less likely to be invited to music festivals.
A serious incident occurred in 2006. Both singers were invited to one of the concerts. Rotaru was entrusted to sing the final song, which was supposed to close the event.
But suddenly she found out that for the performance of Pugacheva a substantial fee was intended, while she was offered to perform for free. On this basis, a scandal erupted, and Rotaru flatly refused to go on stage.
Europop and hard rock in the works
In the late 80s, Rotaru began to play some compositions in the style of Europop and hard rock.
In 1988, another important event for the biography of any actress took place: she was awarded the title of People's Artist of the USSR for merits in the development of Soviet musical art.
Since then, she increasingly sang in Russian, and therefore began to lose popularity among the Ukrainian public.
In 1991, the album "Caravan of Love" appeared on store shelves. It was attended by the "notes" of heavy rock, which was especially liked by the youth.
Creativity in the dashing 90s
In 1991, Sofia Mikhailovna gave an anniversary concert dedicated to the 20th anniversary of creative activity. In the biography of Rotaru, it can be called one of the most ambitious and iconic.
During the performance various special effects and stunning scenery were involved, which far from all artists could afford.
An interesting fact is that the collapse of the USSR, along with various political unrest, had no effect on the popularity of Rotaru.
In 1997, the debut CD "Love Me" was released, followed by the "Star Series".
Rotaru Leadership in the 2000s
In 2000, Rotaru was recognized as the “Best Ukrainian Singer of the 20th Century” and “Woman of the Year”.
She was still active on TV and released a number of remixes of her old songs. In 2002, the Star of Sophia Rotaru was lit in Kiev with the title of Hero of Ukraine awarded to her.
However, a black line comes in her biography. Creative success and universal recognition was overshadowed by unexpected tragedy. In the fall of 2002, her husband, whom she had loved all her life, and whom she almost never parted with, died of a stroke.
At the time of his death he was only 60 years old.
Rotaru canceled all concert performances and television filming, refused to participate in the filming of the musical "Cinderella", for the first time in 30 years did not participate in the final of the festival "Song of the Year." At the time, she stopped active touring activities.
In 2003, a nominal star was established in her honor in Moscow.
In 2007, Rotaru reached the age of sixty. She received greetings from colleagues, friends, as well as from the mass of fans. From the hands of the President of Ukraine she was awarded the Order of Merit, 2 degrees.
In the summer of 2017, the jubilee concert of the singer was held. On it, she mostly performed her best hits.
On this day, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent congratulations to Rotar, wishing her a long life and creative success.
During the Orange Revolution (2004–2005), which took place in Ukraine, Rotaru dealt with the distribution of food to ordinary people. It is interesting that the actress fed people regardless of their political convictions.
In 2006, a more significant political event took place in Rotaru’s biography. She decided to run for MPs from the Bloc of Lytvyn.
And although in many ways she tried to agitate the people to vote for this party, she was not able to achieve the desired result.
According to some sources, after Crimea became part of Russia, Rotaru was offered a Russian passport, which she refused.
Since before 1940 the native village of Rotaru was part of Romania, her name and surname were often written incorrectly. For example, it is not rarely called "Sofia Rotar".
The final spelling of the surname, Rotaru, was proposed by Edita Pieha.
Rotary's personal life
Sofia Rotaru became the legal wife of Evdokimenko in 1968. Their marriage turned out to be happy. The husband shared with her all the misfortunes and joys, and also helped her in the musical field in every possible way.
He loved his wife so much that he went on tour with her. Together, the couple managed to live more than 30 years, until the death of Anatoly.
Sophia Mikhailovna suffered the loss of her husband, refusing to go on tour and not appearing on television for a long time. Only a few years later she was able to go on stage again.
The first performances, after a long break, the singer dedicated to her beloved spouse.