Member of the International jury of the XVIII International Children Music Contest “VITEBSK-2020”, singer, musician, Honoured Artist of Russia
Alyona Susova (born Tutanova) was born in Balashikha, Moscow Region, on 30 July 1973.
During her school years, she attended a drama society and a choreographic studio in the local house of culture.
In addition to her accordion studies at music school, the singer took lessons in piano and guitar. She was a soloist of an indie rock music band.
The singer gave performances as part of the troupe of the State Variety Theater.
Alyona Susova graduated from GITIS in absentia with a degree in musical theater.
She worked at the State Theater of Variety Performances under Lev Leshchenko.
She pursued her solo career under the stage name Varvara (the name her grandmother).
In 2000, she won Grand Prix of the Kinotavr competition in the special project “Kinodiva”.
In 2002, she made her debut at the “Song of the Year” Festival (Kremlin Palace, Moscow).
In 2004, Varvara represented her country at the Days of Russian Culture in Paris (France), and in the following years took part in similar festivals in London (Great Britain) and Berlin (Germany).
In 2005, her album “Dreams” sold several tens of thousands copies.
In 2010, she made her debut with Silva’s aria in the production of “Die Fledermaus” at the “Helikon Opera” Theatre under Dmitry Bertman (Moscow).
In 2011, the Maly Academic Theater hosted a premiere of the musical play “Origins”. The idea of the show, in which ethnic motives are mixed with the music of medieval Europe, was initiated by the singer’s husband Mikhail Susov. The songs performed by Varvara are in Hebrew, Gaelic, and old Swedish.
In 2013, she became a finalist of the “Universal Artist” musical TV project.
In 2014, Varvara headed the International jury of the International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk” within the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”.
In the same year, Varvara’s composition “Two ways” became the official soundtrack for the series “Chuzhaya Zhizn”, directed by Andres Puustusmaa and released by “Russia-1” Channel.
In 2017, she was the chairperson of the jury of the International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk-2017” within the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazar in Vitebsk”, and also took part in four concert programs.
Varvara has toured in Europe, America and Asia.
Awards and titles: “Song of the Year” award (2002, single “Od-na”), “Silver Disc” award (2003, album “Closer” – best vocal pop album), “Song of the Year” award (2003, single “Dreams”), first place in the song contest of the international club “OGAE” (2004, single “Dreams”), “Song of the Year” award (2004, single “Flew, and sang”), Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (2010), Award for creative implementation of the ideas of friendship between peoples of Belarus and Russia (2011, Special Diploma of the Standing Committee of the Union State, Vitebsk, International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”).
Discography: “Varvara” (2001), “Closer” (2003), “Dreams”(2005), “Higher than love” (2008), “Legends of autumn” (2013), “Flax” (2015), “Golden flax” (2019).