About Myself

"A song is a human soul. It is a necessity. A song expands the heaven in the heart. It gives you brilliance of the sun. The deeper is the song, the purer is the soul."
I. Drach

 

Our life is like an invisible spiral. We come to this world to gain know ledge, we overcome difficulties in order to be able to realize ourselves. Everybody has his/her own way in life – it may be either extremely joyful or painfully bitter – and this way has the length of life.

Ruslana Kalyna – is a multitalented personality, a gifted singer, a strong woman. Her life is full of everything necessary for an unusual individuality who persistently leads to her Parnas.

She reveals to the people the beauty of the Ukrainian word, the soul of the Ukrainian song.

Ruslana Kalyna was born in Lviv, then she studied at schools №70, 80, the musical –pedagogical college named after F. Kolessa, afterwards in State Pedagogical Institute named after I. Franko in Drohobych.

In 1993 she becomes a prize-winner of all-Ukrainian Contest of solo-singers of Klym Chichka-Andriyenko. It was for the first time in the history of the institute that a vocal singer has become a prize-winner (vocal teacher prof. Bohdan Bazylykut). In May of the same year Ruslana gave her first solo-concert. She performed romances of world classics, arias, Ukrainian folk songs.

Another decisive step was made by her when full of great ambition of improvement she entered Lviv Musical Institute named after M. Lysenko, vocal faculty. Her teacher was Prof. Tamara Didyk, people's Singer of Ukraine. This school of singing was based on the traditions of Solomiya Krushelnytska who passed her methodology of singing to her niece Odarka Bandrivska, then it followed to T. Didyk who became a tuitor of Ruslana Kalyna. Besides studying Ruslana studying participated in various musical concerts.

In 1999 she becomes a prize-winner in International contest "Golden Trembita" in Truskavets.

Since 2000 Ruslana became an assistant and a member of jury of the contest.

The next year she had a debut in Lviv Opera (the role of Carolina in the opera "Secret Wedding" after Chimarozo.

In 2000 Ruslana gets a diploma of a specialist in "Academic singing. Chamber and opera singer. Teacher of vocal-singing" in Lviv State Musical institute named after M. Lusenko. Since that time a new page in the life of the singer has opened. It is bound with TV, festivals, search of new unique style. She has to struggle through many difficulties, but she works persistently and hard and creats her own unique manner of performance.

Ruslana never stops at the achieved but gets new prizes at all-Ukrainian and international contests. She is often invited abroad as a member of a jury and an honourable guest of Ukraine.

Contests and festivals:

1993 – All-Ukrainian contest of K. Chichka-Andriyenko (Ternopil)

1999 – International concert "Golden Trembita" (Truskavetsk)

2000 – All-Ukrainian TV contest "Melody" (Lviv)

2004-2005 – International contest " From Heart to Heart" (Budapest, Hungary)

2005 – International festival , " We are of the 21 st centure" (Bulgaria)

2006 – Winner of the grand prize in the nomination "Vocal Teacher", all-Ukrainian festival "Seven-Seven"

2006 – the first album " For You…"

2006 – All-Ukrainian festival "White Sails" (Odesa)

2007 – grand prize at all-Ukrainian contest "White Sails" (Odesa-Stambul) in the nomination of "Vocal Teacher"

2007 – grand prize at All-Ukrainian contest "Seven-Seven" (Kyiv)

2007 – All-Ukrainian contest "On the Wings of Childhood" (Vynnyky), nomination of "The Best Leader" 2007 – Clip of the song "Golden Autumn"

 

A creative moment to have followers and pass her experience to them came when she gained success in her work and study. Thus Ruslana organized a studio of variety and academic vocal singing. It is a unique school of natural singing based on European traditional performance, individual approach to the pupils, choice of repertoire, development of her pupils abilities brings fruitful results. Many times her pupils representet the country and became winners of grand prizes at international and all-Ukrainian contests. Children participate in charity contests (orphanage, houses for disabled and elderly people).

Since 2005 the singer has become a vocal assistant of all-Ukrainian contests "Mini-Miss" in the fashion theatre (leader Lyubov Halas). The same year the book " Famous People of Lviv @ Beauty and Pride of Lviv") published the information about her creative success.

2006 was a special year for Ruslana – her hit "For You…" appeared. " For You…" is a unique combination of opera singing and variety show. The next year the audience saw her clip " Golden Autumn".

Nowadays Ruslana actively cooperates with:

Poets: Nataly Zabrotska, Lesia Horova, Irena Dolya, Nataly May, Nadia Zykova, Halyna Kirdan, Oxana Stetsyshyn, Anatoly Fihlyuk.

Musicians: Irena Kyrylina, Irena Dolya, Volodymyr Yakymets, Vasyl Popovych, Lesya Horova, Nataly May, Ihor Yurkovsky, Oxana Stetsyshyn.

Studios: "UP-Records" – Taras Tertetsky, Vitaly Lityahyn.

Arrangement: Volodymyr Yakymets, Alex, Oles Ilechko, Volodymyr Povaliy, Vitaliy Liityahyn

Designers: Mariana Suduk, Nataly Andrusushun, Nazar Khitsyak.

Stylists: Bohdan Senkonsky, Olena Onyshchuk, Julia, Irena Bondarchuk, studio "Moderline".

Photo: Andrew Honcharenko.

Art Director: Tetyana Panchenko-Bereznichenko.

Music Producer: Oleh Klymovych Everything goes along the invisible life spiral and everyone follows the way length of life to reveal oneself to others…

Ruslana opens us the world full of joy and warmth!