Petr Elfimov was born into a family of musicians on February 15, 1980, in the city of Mogilev, Republic of Belarus. Petr’s father, Petr Elfimov Senior, is a professional musician, a bass in a church choir. His mother, Jeanette Elfimov, is a conductor of a superb choir which won numerous first prizes at international contests. In 2007 she was ruled the best conductor out of 50 participants at an international festival in Poland.
Petr’s stage debut took place when he was six. At fourteen, he became the solo singer of a vocal band called Double W. In 1999 he created the Egoist band, where he was the solo singer and the song-writer. He wrote his first song, If You Only Knew, when he was eighteen. In 2004 he won the Grand Prix at the International Popular Song Contest Vitebsk 2004 within the framework of the International Arts Festival Vitebsk Slavic Bazaar. Then there were triumphs in Estonia, Poland, Serbia.
In 1998 Petr finished the Mogilev Music and Choreography Lyceum. In 2005 he graduated from the Belarus State Music Academy, where he majored in Academic Singing. Since 2007 Petr has been teaching Popular Signing at the Modern Knowledge Institute named after A. M. Shirokov. Currently he is doing a master course at the Belarus State Music Academy, and is hoping to get his master degree this June.
Petr tried his hand at various creative pursuits. In 1999-2003 he was the leading singer in a number of KVN (Merry and Inventive People Club) panel game teams, including the teams of the Belarus State University and the People’s Friendship University of Russia. Petr holds the title of the absolute champion of the International KVN Union.
He has always tried to absorb as much beautiful professional music as possible (classical, jazz, blues, soul, heavy metal) which, no doubt, influenced his creative philosophy – it has "trace elements” of such widely popular music genres as heavy rock and romance.
When he was eleven, Petr heard the famous Queen for the first time, and forever fell in love with rock music with its truthfulness, extraordinariness, sincerity and melodism. He was overwhelmed by the unlikely harmony between the harsh instrumental sound and the incredible vocal polyphony. Later, at fourteen, he turned to the roots of rock music and revealed for himself a constellation of brilliant performers, including The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and Bryan Adams. His admiration with the vocal capabilities of Ian Gillan inspired a spiritual journey into the creative heritage of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Even today Petr cherishes the hope to perform the part of Jesus in the famous rock opera Jesus Christ Super Star. Petr has given more than 50 solo concerts in Belarus. He also extensively tours foreign countries. To date, he has made two solo albums: I Want (2005) and The Bells (2007). Now Petr is working on a new album, Glance Of Love, which will include the track Eyes That Never Lie in the English and Russian languages.
Petr’s concert repertoire also includes such famous compositions as Child In Time (Deep Purple), several songs by the famous Polish composer and singer Czesław Niemen, etc.
Petr is a romantic. His Zodiac sign is Aquarius, and Aquarians are well-known to live on a rainbow!
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