Ruslana Stepanovna Lyzhychko born May 24, 1973 in Lviv. With 4 years engaged in experimental music school and spoke with their crown numbers in vocal and instrumental ensemble “Horizon”, where it began its career of: microphone has become child’s play, and the scene – the birthplace of the best children’s experiences.
1977 – Ruslana debut – performance on Lviv festival “Golden Autumn” with the band and orchestra, which won its first Grand Prix. With 7 years of professional musical life began filled with concerts, competitions and festivals in the children’s VIA “Smile” under the direction of Arkady Cousin. After the 10th grade school of mathematics and ten-year at the Conservatory (piano) joined the Lviv State Higher Music Institute of Lysenko, the faculty of choral conducting and graduated in 1995.
1993 Ruslana took part in a music competition named after Vladimir Ivasyuka and Ukrainian festival “Taras Bulba” and became the winner of the All-Ukrainian festival of modern song and popular music “Chervona Ruta-93”. Then the singer felt the need to change everything: style, vocal, music – and the first song in a new “image” was the song “You” (dedicated to Alexander Ksenofontov).
In 1994 won the Grand Prix of Ukrainian television festival of popular music “Melody-94”. This year Ruslana became a sound engineer, producer and deputy director of the newly established Lviv specifically for the professional audio advertising production studio “Luxen”.
December 28, 1995 long-term, loyal friendship with Alexander Ksenofontov Ruslana received official status – they married.
February 19, 1996 held a plein air art, which was formed the idea of projects of national scale – “Sonorous Wind”, produced by Ruslana performed. The “Sonorous Wind” (“Windbells”) – shows the share of synthesis of arts, entertainment and mass (a kind of dramatic tale on the synthesis of various historical traditions – medieval ballads and contemporary music, medieval architecture and modern sound-light technology, the traditional symphony orchestra and rock band). As part of the “call of the Wind” was held six large-scale actions, but also created four videos: “While this has not been, or Legends of the” Club Fans of Tea “,” Labyrinth “call the wind” or Mysteries John Heaven, “” Cinderella Olesko castle or The Ballad of the princess, “” Sonorous wind “in Olesko castle” and the television program “Sonorous wind” – Opera “- the final concert of the project” Sonorous wind “and” Journey to childhood” – Christmas music program. 1996. Ruslana participated in the V International festival of arts “Slavonic bazaar” and wins the Grand Prix – at this crucial day so Ruslana sang “Silent night”, rozplakavshys just on stage that all 14 members of the jury rose and applauded enthusiastically to her standing. It was her triumph, because the performance of the highest rated unanimously scale – 140 points!
1999 Ruslana received the prize “Golden Firebird” for the victory in the “Best Song of the Year” – “Dawn” and “Best video of the year” – “Dawn”.
2000 Singer was the winner of the First Ukrainian National program “Person of the Year 2000” in the category “pop star”. In late summer 2001 in Sheshory began shooting massive kinoroboty Ruslana’s song “I know” with its new “Hutsul Project” ( “I know,” was the first in the CIS clip that was shown on the large screen in a network of modern cinemas “Cinema”).
2003 for the album “Wild Dances” awarded Platinum disc association independent record companies (Kyiv, London).
May 15, 2004 in Istanbul Ruslana song “Wild Dances” ( “Wild Dances”) won the 49th European music contest “Eurovision”. That same year she was awarded the honorary title “People’s Artist of Ukraine”. Ruslana is counsel to the young volunteer Prime Minister of Ukraine. Sales of the album Ruslana’s “Wild Dances” in Ukraine has reached the mark of 200,000 licensed copies (which corresponds to Ukrainian music market double “platinum disc”). With the album “Wild Dances” Ruslana won the award “World Music Awards”, within which was first introduced nominated “World Best Selling Ukrainian Artist”. The same 2004 Ruslana became “Man of the Year” and received the award “Prometheus-Prestige” to win in the category “Artist of the Year”. In autumn 2004 takes part in the “Orange Revolution”, and in spring 2006 he became MP of Ukraine.
Just won the Eurovision Song Contest from Ukrainian singer Jamala in 2016
In spring 2007, the singer goes to great charity tour of Germany with a German rock musician Peter Maffay (all collected money transfers to children’s hospitals). In cooperation with the OSCE, Ruslana becomes UN Goodwill Ambassador and begins a campaign to combat modern slavery. In February 2007, the singer performs at the Vienna Forum on human trafficking and presents a single social “Not for sale”, as officially recognized by the UN campaign anthem.
Just Ruslana released a number of English translations of Ukrainian songs and songs in English, such as: Wild Dances (Дикі Танці), Wild Energy, Cry It Out, Not For Sale, Overground.
Ruslana’s music was used in computer game Grand Theft Auto 4, and voiced singer in the game one of the characters.
In general, Ruslan loves mountain rocks Carpathians and extreme sports.