Sophia Rotary (Cофія Ротару)

Sofia Rotaru is a HYPERLINK
«» \o «Soviet Union» Soviet
HYPERLINK «» \o «Ukraine» Ukrainian
singer from an ethnic HYPERLINK
«» \o «Moldovan» Moldovan family.
She has sung songs in HYPERLINK
«» \o «Russian language»
Russian , HYPERLINK «»
\o «Ukrainian language» Ukrainian and HYPERLINK
«» \o «Romanian language»
Romanian languages, which were equally popular throughout the world.

Her songs have become the classics of HYPERLINK
«» \o «Soviet Union» Soviet
and post-Soviet stage. Sofia was cast in several HYPERLINK
«» \o «Musical film» musical
films , her debut being in 1971 in «Червона рута». She played the main
roles in films «Where are you, love” 1980 and «Soul” 1981. She has
performed in concerts in the HYPERLINK
«» \o «United States» United
States , HYPERLINK «» \o «Asia» Asia
, HYPERLINK «» \o «Europe» Europe
, HYPERLINK «» \o «Australia»
Australia . Sofia has got dozen of prizes, awards and medals.

Rotaru Sofia Mihailivna was born on the 9th of August, 1947 in the
village Marshintsi, Chernigov region, in a large family, with many
children. She was brought up in the atmosphere of folk songs, she knew
all the melodies, broadcast on the radio. She began to sing when she was
at the first grade — in school chorus and church choir, though the
latter wasn’t welcomed. In her youth she took part in the dramatic
group, sung folk songs in the amateur theatricals, won in regional and
republican competitions. She made up her mind to become an actress, in
1964 she entered the Chernigov music school and in 1968 she graduated
from it.Tnen she appeared on the stage of The Kremlin Congress Palace.

After the acquaintance with her future husband Anatoly Evdokimenko,
the student of Chernigov University and at the same time the
trumpet-player of the student pops orchestra, the singer decided to try
herself as a solo singer of a pops orchestra. Of course, she went on
singing folk songs which still take a significant place in her
repertoire. In 1968 Sophia Rotaru became the laureate of the IX World
Youth Festival in Sophia, Bulgaria, she got the gold medal for the
Ukrainian folk song. Nobody hesitated in star future of young actress.
At that time Rotaru began to teach theory and solfeggio in Chernigov
cultural and educational school, and in 1974 she graduated from the
correspondence department of Kishenev State University of Arts.

1971 Rotaru played a leading role in a music film “Chervona Ruta”,
called so after a soundtrack from this film by the talented composer

V. Ivasuk, with whom Rotaru had a productive creative cooperation.

It also became the name of vocally-instrumental consort, formed by
Rotaru and Evdokimenko in the Chernigov Philharmonic Hall ( Anatolij,
who later graduated from the producer faculty of Kiev University of
Arts, became then the producer of all concerts of Sofia).

Musical and acting talent of Rotaru is confirmed by different awards
and prizes.1973 in Bulgaria at the competition Golden Orpheus Rotaru won
the first prize .1973 she became the Honoured artist of Ukrainian Soviet
Socialist Republic, in 1983 – People’s artist of the USSR. She was
awarded a medal Mark of Order (1980), Friendship of Nations (1985),
Honorary Award and St. princess Olga. Now the whole world respects
Rotary for her songs.

According to Sofia Mihailovna, her soul is in her songs. “ The song
for me is a short story with its own world of feelings, dramaturgic
system, characters….” Such short stories for her became the songs of V.

( “Водограй”, “Два перстеня”, “Пісня буде поміж нас”).

In HYPERLINK «» \o «1986» 1986
, she was the first female pop singer to be given the prestigious title
\o «People’s Artist of USSR» People’s Artist of USSR «. Former
«President of Ukraine» President of Ukraine HYPERLINK
«» \o «Leonid Kuchma» Leonid
Kuchma and HYPERLINK
«» \o
«President of the Russian Federation» President of Russia HYPERLINK
«» \o «Vladimir Putin»
Vladimir Putin gave awards to Sofia Rotaru in August 2002 (for her 55th
birthday), bestowing upon her the high rank of the HYPERLINK
«» \o «Hero of Ukraine»
Hero of Ukraine for her «outstanding personal merits in the sphere of
art», and the Russian HYPERLINK
«» \o «Order
(decoration)» order «For merits before the Nation», respectively.

While Mrs. Rotaru commonly goes by this last name, her official
last name is Yevdokymenko-Rotaru. Yevdokymenko was the last name of her
late husband. Following several months of mourning, Rotaru resumed her
feverish concert and recording activity and again topped the Russian and
Ukrainian charts.


















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her neck surrounded by a bunch of beads, and she wore a cute apron with
national ornaments on her hips. In a word, it was the loved and
respected popular Ukrainian singer… Her repertoire was reasonably well
chosen. The audience took up her songs right form the first words.

The audience joined in singing the song “Raspberry wine” with a
particular enthusiasm.

The competitor told that Sophia Rotaru’s image was not accidental:
“Rotaru is my favourite singer. Not only does she conquer the audience
with her stunning energy, but also with love that always wins in her
songs”. According to the competitor, not the victory but the
participation is the most important for him. He thinks out his dresses,
hair-style and make-up on his own.

All of her hard work paid off. She has come a long way from her
tragic marriage and seems to be pleased with her life now.Sophia Rotary
seems always be yong and beautiful and will continue to charm the world
with her beaytiful smole and voice.

Sophia Rotary



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