Diana Gurtskaya

Diana Gurtskaya was born in 1979 in Abkhazia, which is one of two Georgian breakaway regions and “frozen conflict zones.” In 1995 she successfully graduated from the Tbilisi School for Blind People. She was still an elementary school student when Irma Sokhadze, Georgian singer, put Gurtskaya on the stage of the Big Hall of Tbilisi Philharmonics. It was Sokhadze, who first introduced Gurtskaya to wider audience.

In 1995 Gurtskaya competed in a musical contest “Yalta-Transit-Moscow” and was awarded a special prize from honorable jury. The same year she met Igor Nikolaev, Russian composer and took her first steps with him on Russian stage. Gurtskaya also performed before an American audience at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York. In 2000, Gurtskaya entered the Gnesina Musical Insitutte, Vocal Department and graduated from it as an intern in 2003.

In 2000 Gurtskaya’s first album entitled “You are Here” saw the light. The second album “You Know Mother” was released in spring of 2003. In 2004, Gurtskaya was enrolled at the Russian Academy of Theatre and Arts. She is in her fourth year for the time being.

In 2005, Gurtskaya was awarded St. Barbara Medal by head of the Ukrainian church. The same year, she was also awarded Rukhnama gold medal by Turkmenistan President Saparmurat Niyazov. In 2007 Vladimir Putin, Russian Federation’s President gave her the title of a Russian Honorable Artist.

In 2007, Georgia’s president Mikheil Saakashvili granted her with Medal of Honor. Gurtskaya has a number of important prizes and awards to her credit. She has recorded duets with various well-known foreign singers including Ray Charles, Toto Cutugno and Demis Roussos. Gurtskaya’s has her third album already ready.

Gurtskaya is married and has one son by the name of Konstantine.

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