Irina Ponarovskaya

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  • Name: Irina Ponarovskaya ( Irina Ponarovskaya )
  • Date of birth: 12 March 1953
  • Age: 63 years
  • Place of birth: Saint Petersburg
  • Growth: 166
  • Activity: the Soviet and Russian jazz and pop singer, movie actress, TV presenter
  • Marital status: married

    Irina Ponarovskaya : biography

    At the time, singer Irina Ponarovskaya was considered to be a style icon. She imitated, she was loved and adored by many fans. But there were also opponents, who considered it shocking and «non-Soviet». But indifferent to the person «Lady of stars» as it was called by the journalists, was not. Few people know that in early childhood recognized beauty seemed ugly duckling. Overweight, with astigmatism and strabismus the film was nothing like the Irina Ponarovskaya, which after fifteen years of whirlwind burst onto the national stage.

    Irina Vitalyevna Ponarovskaya was born in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad) in March 1953. She is called, was destined to be a singer. The girl’s parents made a good career in music. Mama Nina Arnoldi worked at the Leningrad Conservatory as an accompanist. For the work of her accompanist repeatedly awarded with diplomas of the international competitions of classical music. Dad Vitaly Ponarovskaya was artistic Director and conductor of jazz orchestra.

    Irina, though, and grew up in a musical atmosphere, but never dreamed of becoming a singer. She was just doing what she liked. 6 years old began to play the piano. Together with the secondary school she attended a music Conservatory where he learned to play the harp and piano.

    For the first time serious attention on the vocal abilities of a granddaughter drew grandma Irene Charlotte Arnoldi. She insisted that the girl showed a good vocal coach. Parents took Ira to the famous Lina Borisovna Arkhangelskaya, which many worked on voice capable of 15-year-old girl.

    In 1971 Irina Ponarovskaya has successfully passed the examinations at the Leningrad Conservatory.


    The creative biography of Irina Ponarovskaya was started immediately after admission to the Conservatory. Just at that time, the country began to appear the first vocal and instrumental ensembles. In one of them VIA «Singing guitar» – urgently needed a soloist. Father Ponarovskaya was familiar with the leader VIA. He listened to the girl and immediately approved it.

    Ponarovskaya was a soloist «Singing guitars» from 1971 to 1976. The girl seemed that she wears a Royal title. Because never before she did not have to be the center of attention.

    In 1975 on the basis of the VIA, which sang Irina Ponarovskaya, Director mark Rozovsky has put the first Soviet rock Opera called «Orpheus and Eurydice». For a soloist entrenched the role of Eurydice. The rock Opera was a huge success. Musicians invited to an international festival in Germany. In Dresden Ponarovskaya arrived in new image: she is very short hair cut. While women are «boyish» haircuts were not. Perhaps it was then that the singer felt that the shocking is the path to success.

    In Germany, a beautiful Russian singer, what is called, worn on the hand. Irina Ponarovskaya sang two songs: «Love» and «Get on the train of their dreams.» The last song was sung in German. Standing ovation and the first prize instantly turned the girl into a star.

    In 1976 Irina Ponarovskaya continued his rapid career rise. In the Sopot International song festival, she sang the heartfelt song, «Prayer». Singer 9 times called «encore» and was allowed to sing again, though this violated the rules of the festival.

    Abroad Ponarovskaya adored. All the magazine covers came out from her huge portrait. In Sopot she was given a personal «Mercedes» in whose room was the name of the singer. Wherever she appeared, her crowds of fans. «Frau Festival» – the so-called Leningrad singer in Dresden. «Miss focus» – referred to in Sopot.

    When Irina Ponarovskaya returned home, she was offered the job of singer in a Moscow jazz orchestra, the legendary Oleg Lundstrem. But Conservatory training, the singer didn’t quit.

    In these years the rising star first appeared on the screen. Out the film-concert under the title «Irina Ponarovskaya. Singing soloist of the ENSEMBLE «Singing guitar».

    Soon Ponarovskaya saw in the film «not my problem». This is a psychological detective story in which Irina was entrusted to a prominent role. Directed by Herbert Rappaport decided to invite a girl to your project after seeing her photo on the cover of one of the German magazines.

    Then Ponarovskaya starred several times. In the musical film «the Nut Krakatuk» she got the lead role, and the criminal farce «Robbery at midnight» played a beloved of the protagonist. But probably the most remembered actress after the screens Comedy musical «Trust, which burst». In the role of a night butterfly that is issued for the great Sarah Bernhardt, Ponarovskaya was wonderful. But this cinematic biography of Irina Ponarovskaya was completed. After a disastrous picture, «He will get his», which was released in 1991, the artist has focused on performing activities.

    But if on the movie the singer has put an end, on television she has appeared regularly. And as a participant in the programs «Morning mail», «Blue light», «Music kiosk» and «Theatre meetings», and as a leading. As such, the audience saw Ponarovskaya the program «Alarm clock» and «Meeting friends». And she led the author’s program «Fitness class Irina Ponarovskaya» and created a collection of clothes «I-ra». The same name wore the Atelier singer in Moscow.

    Fancy charm Russian star was appreciated even in France. In 1998, the fashion House «Chanel» made Ponarovskaya the face of the company and awarded the title of «miss Chanel of the Soviet Union.»

    But the main was still performing career. The singer recorded several albums. Her solo concerts were held in the best concert halls of the country. Her hits were sung by millions.

    But in the early 2000s, the creative career of Irina Ponarovskaya began to decline. Everything about her written less, and then completely stopped.

    Personal life

    The star has been married several times. First husband Ponarovskaya was Gregory Clamis – head VIA «Singing guitar». But life together lasted only a year and a half.

    The second marriage was longer. 7 years personal life of Irina Ponarovskaya was associated with black jazz musician, Weiland Hospital. To this Union was born the only son of singer Anthony. He appeared in 1984. But living together with a Weyland also ended in divorce. Rumor has it, a jealous singer has repeatedly raised his hand to his wife.

    Some time Irina Ponarovskaya lived in a civil marriage with Soso Pavliashvili, what then «rattled» all the tabloids.

    The third official husband of star – Dr. Dmitry Pushkar, was a member of the Presidium of the Russian society of urology. The couple lived together for 11 years, but in 1997 I got divorced.

    In 2010, the star most of the time in Norway, where her son is an artist.


    • 1976 — «Sings Irina Ponarovskaya»
    • 1976 — «Irina Ponarovskaya»
    • 1977 — «So goes my life»
    • 1997 — «Woman is always right»
    • 2003 — «Orpheus and Eurydice»
    • 2008 — «Sings Irina Ponarovskaya»


    Irina Ponarovskaya

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