Famous Russian singer and Sochi 2014 Ambassador
“I have been supporting the Olympic Movement since 1988”
Valery Syutkin is an Honoured Artist of Russia, and has won a National "Ovatsia" (Ovation) Award, a "Zvezda" (Star) Professional Award and a national "Zolotoy Grammofon" (Golden Gramophone) Award.
From 1984 to 1988 he was the lead singer of the group Zodchie, with whom he toured the whole country before playing shows in Poland, Germany, Denmark and Vietnam, and then performing for our troops in Afghanistan. The group's songs are constantly to be heard on the TV or over the radio waves. From 1988 to 1990 he led the trio FEN-O-MEN, part of Mikhail Boyarsky's troupe. Valery spent the next stage of his creative career with the group Bravo, where he worked until May 1995. This was a period when he worked hard at developing his own original singing style, which he has maintained to this day. In 1995 Valery started his own group, Syutkin & Co., and his song "7000 nad zemlyoy" (7000 over the Earth) was named the hit single of the year.
From 2001 to 2002 he presented a music-themed TV game show, called "Dva Royalya" (Two Grand Pianos), on the channel RTR. In 2006 he was a contestant in the Channel's One Russia "Zvezdy na ldu" (Stars on the Ice), in which he partnered the figure skater Irina Lobacheva.
Valery Syutkin was named an Ambassador for the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad on May 14, 2011, the day of the "1000 Days to the Games" festivities.