Biography of Konstantin Meladze
Konstantin Meladze is a well-known composer who has earned the fame of one of the brightest and most talented producers of our time. His hits are heard on many radio stations in the CIS countries, and therefore, today, probably everyone knows his name. But what else do we know about this multifaceted and special composer?
What lines of fate led him to the world of Ukrainian and Russian musical art? We will try to collect detailed information about the life of a famous Georgian today.
The early years, childhood and family of Konstantin Meladze
Konstantin Meladze was born on May 11, 1963 in the Georgian resort town of Batumi. As noted in most Internet sources, in childhood, our today’s hero was a very calm and even quiet guy. That is why they and his younger brother Valery Meladze were often opposed to each other. Valera was a hooligan, and Kostya constantly admonished him. From time to time, something similar happens today.
In addition to the younger brother, the now famous composer also has a sister, Liana, who is also currently working fruitfully in the world of Ukrainian show business. However, today we will leave this question outside the brackets.
Konstantin Meladze with his brother Valery Meladze
As for the love of music, it appeared in the life of a young guy quite unexpectedly. After watching the film Oginsky’s Polonaise, Kostya firmly decided for himself that he wanted to connect his life with music. At first he tried to learn how to play the violin, but some time later, after his mother sent him to a music school, he decided to try the piano as well.
However, at first nothing happened with either one or the other instrument. Moreover, the teachers of the music school, as one, said that the guy had no hearing and no sense of rhythm. That is why at some point the classes had to be abandoned.
The young guy decided to turn to music again after a guitar appeared in his house. Konstantin nevertheless mastered this instrument, and therefore very soon began to play often for friends and acquaintances. His musical skills were once noted by one of his friends. So, our today’s hero ended up in the April student group, which became for him the first step to the world of musical art.
Subsequently, Konstantin said that it was this period in his life that allowed him to understand what he wants in life. Trying to develop in his chosen profession, Konstantin Meladze worked on himself for a long time, learning the basics of musical literacy and mastering new instruments.
In 1989, Konstantin and his brother Valery began to perform together. As part of a joint project, they managed to make several semi-professional recordings of their songs, which soon fell into the hands of the famous composer Kim Breitburg. He became interested in their work and soon invited the guys to his group “Dialogue”. Subsequently, Konstantin and Valery took part in the recording of one of the albums of this musical group. The disc became quite popular, however, despite this, in 1993 the Meladze brothers left the Dialog group.
From that moment on, Konstantin and Valery began to work on their own project again. Our today’s hero wrote music and lyrics, and his younger brother performed all this from the stage.
Star Trek by Konstantin Meladze
While writing songs for his younger brother, Konstantin Meladze took part in the recording of several of his solo records. The project turned out to be very successful, and therefore very soon both brothers became quite famous in the world of Ukrainian and Russian show business.
However, real success came to Konstantin Meladze a little later – in 2000. During this period, our today’s hero began to work fruitfully on the creation of songs for the Ukrainian group “Via Gra”, the creator of which he was. Together with this team, the composer created a huge number of wonderful hits. Over time, the composition of the group changed, its status on the post-Soviet stage, but only one thing remained unchanged – the corporate style of Via Gra, which the group owed precisely to Konstantin Meladze.
Subsequently, our today’s hero proved to be excellent also in some other industries. In 2001, Konstantin Meladze acted as the author of songs presented as part of the musical Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka. This project of the Ukrainian channel “Inter” became very popular in Ukraine, and then was also shown in Russia and other CIS countries. After that, our today’s hero began to work frequently as a songwriter for television musicals.
Over the years, our today’s hero wrote many songs for the musicals “Cinderella”, “Sorochinsky Fair”, as well as some others. In addition, Konstantin Meladze also worked fruitfully as a songwriter for cinematographic films. His track record includes music for the films Stilyagi, The Irony of Fate-2, Cinderella and the television series The Thaw.
Konstantin Meladze today
In addition to everything else, the famous Ukrainian-Georgian composer also worked as a producer on such projects of Ukrainian TV channels as Zirok-3 Factory, Voice of the Country, Ukraine Does Not Believe in Tears, Voice. Children”, as well as over the Russian “Star Factory-7”.
Over the years, such Ukrainian and Russian groups and solo performers as Vera Brezhneva, Yin-Yang, BiS, Sofia Rotaru, Anastasia Prikhodko, Verka Syurdyuchka and some others turned to his services.
In 2013, the project “I Want to Via Gru” was launched in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, within the framework of which a new composition of the popular girl group was formed. Meladze again acted as the producer of the show. The show was a success, and a year later, Konstantin launched his “boy” counterpart, “I want to Meladze.” As a result of the musical reality, the MBAND group was created, thanks to the skillful production of Meladze, it became the most popular boy band in the post-Soviet space.
Personal life of Konstantin Meladze and other facts
In 1994, Konstantin Meladze married a woman named Yana Summ. As part of this union, three children were born – daughters Alice and Leah, as well as son Valery. Despite the fact of having three children together and nineteen years of living together, in 2013 Konstantin and Yana decided to leave. The composer left for Moscow, his ex-wife stayed with the children in Kiev.
Konstantin Meladze with his wife and children
One of the possible reasons for the gap is the incident that occurred in December 2012. As a result of an accident on the Kiev-Obukhov highway, a famous composer knocked down a thirty-year-old woman who died right on the spot. Subsequently, it was found that the victim was crossing the road because of the minibus, and the producer did not have enough time to slow down.
As a result, the case was closed due to lack of corpus delicti. However, the producer undertook to support her minor children until the age of majority.