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Vladimir MULYAVIN
   Belarus

Vladimir Mulyavin (1941 – 2003) and the Belarusian State Ensemble “Pesnyary”

Vladimir Mulyavin, People’s Artist of the USSR (1991), People’s Artist of the Belarusian SSR (1979), Merited Worker of Culture of Poland (1980), member of the Union of Composers of the USSR

The vocal instrumental ensemble “Pesnyary” has given over 20 concerts in Vitebsk. It took part in the first edition of “Slavianski Bazaar” in 1992.

Vladimir Mulyavin, the director of the ensemble, headed the jury of the I International Contest of Young Performers of Pop Song in 1992. The following year he was a co-chairperson of the jury of the International Contest of Young Performers of Pop Song.

He was invited to the “Rendezvous With A Star” program many times.

Mulyavin and “Pesnyary” performed in the gala concerts of the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the festival, the gala concerts of masters of arts of Belarus (1995, 1996, 2000, 2001).

Mulyavin joined the International Jury of the contest again in 1998, 2000.

In 1994, the festival program featured his jubilee concert “Pesnyary – 25”.

In 2002, “Pesnyary” took part in the International Festival of Arts without Vladimir Mulyavin.

In 2003, in honour of the merits of the artistic director of the ensemble “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” presented the gala concert of masters of arts of Belarus paying tribute to Vladimir Mulyavin.

At the XII International Festival of Arts the Mulyavin Special Prize was established for the best implementation of the national theme and high artistic performance.

The XIII International Festival of Arts presented the program “Creative Legacy of the People’s Artist of the USSR Vladimir Mulyavin”.

In 2010, his name and the Belarusian State Ensemble “Pesnyary” were eternalized on the Walk of Fame and the special award “Through Art to Peace and Mutual Understanding” of the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko was awarded.

Vladimir Mulyavin was born in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg) on 12 January 1941. He studied string instruments at Sverdlovsk Musical College. He worked for regional philharmonic societies in different cities of Russia, later for the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society.

During his service in the armed forces of the USSR (near Minsk) he founded a vocal quartet, took part in the foundation of the ensemble of the Belarusian military district.

After his discharge from the army he returned to the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society and in 1968 founded “Lyavony” ensemble. In 1970, the ensemble was renamed as “Pesnyary” and was headed by Mulyavin.

In October 1970, “Pesnyary” had great success at the V All-Union Pop Artist Contest in Moscow.

In 1972, the group recorded its first disk with hit songs “Kasiu Jas Kaniushynu”, “Oi, Rano Na Ivana”, “Ti Mne Vesnoi Prisnilas”, “Rushniki”, “Aleksandrina” and others.

Vladimir Mulyavin and “Pesnyary” are prizewinners of international festivals including the International Festival in Sopot (1971, Poland), the XX World Festival of Youth and Students (1973, Berlin, the German Democratic Republic), the “MIDEM” international music market (1975, Cannes, France), “Varadero” (1983, Havana, Cuba), the festival of spiritual unity (1994, Arizona, USA), the international festival “Millennium” (2001, New York, USA).

In the late 1970s, Mulyavin started working in large music forums uniting folklore and modern music. Basing on the traditional Belarusian songs, the composition “Pesnya o Dole” (Song of Fate) was created.

In the mid 1990s, “Pesnyary” recorded a number of disks: “Pesnyary”, “Song With No Limits”, “Belovezhskaya Pushcha”, “Red Rose”, “Vologda”, “Lyavonny”, “Drozdy”, “Aleksandrina”, “My Native Land”, “Birch Juice”, “Rushniki”.

Vladimir Mulyavin is Cavalier of the Order of Frantsisk Skorina (2001).

In January 2001, the Star of Vladimir Mulyavin and “Pesnyary” was opened on the Walk of Fame in Moscow.

On 14 January 2002, Mulyavin had a car accident and, suffering its results, died on 26 January 2003. He’s buried in Minsk.

In May 2013, the Star of Vladimir Mulyavin and “Pesnyary” was opened on the Square of Stars in Yekaterinburg.