Krasnodar, 26 March.
Usually someone’s way to music begins in childhood, when the parents who wish all-round development for their kid send him or her to a music school. However, for Yekaterina Krapivkina it was a decision of her own taken in senior classes. One day, her classmates advised her to pass an audition with the vocalism teacher Angelina Arutiunova. That was a decisive day for our heroine.
“She noticed some talent in me and so much intrigued me with this trade that after a month of lessons I could not think of anything else than looking forward to the next lesson and to choosing the song for the next rehearsal,” Katia confesses.
That was the beginning of Yekaterina’s rich artistic life. Upon finishing the secondary school, she entered Shostakovich Novorossiysk Music College, speciality “variety artist.” Then she took a master class of the Chilean tenor, Ignacio Gómez-Urra. Yekaterina has performed in concert halls along the Black Sea coast and in Krasnodar. Now her repertoire includes pieces in 16 languages.
Katia took part in her first competition two months after she had begun taking vocalism lessons – and she won it. Then she had lots of other festivals and singing contests – regional, national, and international, and everywhere she would get one of the top prizes.
The success of every performance depends not only on the performer: it is a hard team work of the singer together with the people behind the scenes: soundmen and electricians, and what is more – the singer’s friends and relatives, whose support is also of a primary importance. If the quality of one’s singing can be a matter of teaching, the artist’s message is a unique thing that cannot be replaced with anything else. The audience wants to see something unique, bright and easy to remember, which is why the life in the art means permanent self-development.
“I believe it is normal that whenever I come upon the stage, I am always a little agitated and excited – because it means that you take your business responsibly and with emotions which are essential for singing.”
“I am constantly short of time. I want a day to have more hours. Do you know the phrase, ‘Success is 1% of talent and 99% of labour’? I sometimes believe that I do not have even this 1% – and then I begin working even more and harder, because I know for sure that it will work,” Katia asserts.
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