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This is Yury Okhochinskiy!

 

Russian crooner, The velvet voice from Staint-Petersburg

Yury Okhochinskiy was born in St. Petersburg (Russia) into a family of actors. At the age of 5 he joined a boys choir and at 8 he debuted on the professional scene in a musical. At school he formed his first band playing songs mainly from the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Paul Anka, Pat Boone, and Tom Jones.

In 1975, he joined the Drama Department of Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy. After graduating the Academy in 1980, he was invited to the Rock-Theater, where he performed for 2 years playing all leading roles.

In 1982 he began his solo career and in 1985, a media poll saw Okhochinskiy voted “Young Singer of the Year”.

In July 1994 Yuri performed songs at the opening and closing ceremonies of The Goodwill Games, an international sports competition, created by American media mogul Ted Turner, the founder of CNN.

In 1998 Yury collaborated with David Goloschekin, a famous jazz musician, and their cooperation resulted in a series of concerts titled «Tribute to Sinatra» performed in St. Petersburg State Jazz Philharmonic Hall.

He is a regular guest in Russian popular TV music shows «Song of the Year», «Morning Post», «Wider Circle». The Walt Disney Pictures chose Okhochinskiy’s voice for recording the main theme song of the Russian version of «The Emperors New Groove», a 2000 animated family comedy film.

Since 2001 Yury has had a successful show titled «The Stars Fall from the Sky» on radio FM «Silver Rain». Some of his guests throughout the years included Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck, Julio Iglesias , and Lisa Minnelli. Over 10 years his show is one of the most popular programs in Russia.

Yury Okhochinskiy has a sensitive romantic baritone and he is often called «The velvet voice of Russia».