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Biography

Leonid Agutin (Russian: Леонид Агутин; b. July 16, 1968) is a prominent Russian pop musician and songwriter. He has been active since the 1990s. He has released ten albums and three compilation albums.

In 1991, Agutin started touring the Soviet Union with a musical act. He took part in and won the 1992 Yalta international pop music contest, and also won a similar contest in Jūrmala in 1993. Agutin released his first solo album, Bosonogiy Malchik ("Barefoot Boy") in 1994, which was a success and launched his career. The album ascended the charts and he won Russian Grammy awards for "Singer of the Year", "Song of the Year", and "Album of the Year". The album included the hits "Хоп хэй лала лэй" (Hop hey, la la ley) and "Golos visokiy travy" (Sound of the Tall Grass). In 1995, Agutin released his second album, titled "Dekameron". It was another commercial success and, along with Philipp Kirkorov, Valeriy Meladze, and Lubeh, Agutin became one of the most successful recording artists in Russian Grammy balloting.

Agutin released the album Cosmopolitan Life with the guitarist Al Di Meola in 2005, which gained success and worldwide recognition as a result of the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Following the festival, the Austrian directors Hannes Rossacher and Rudy Dolesai made a documentary about the lives of Agutin and Di Meola, called Cosmopolitan Live, released in February 2008.

In 2008 became Merited Artist of Russian Federation.

Discography:
1994 - Босоногий мальчик / Barefoot Boy
1996 - Декамерон / Decameron
1998 - Летний дождь / Summer Rain
1999 - Служебный роман / Workplace Romance
2001 - Леонид Агутин / Leonid Agutin
2003 - Дежа вю / Deja Vu
2005 - Cosmopolitan Life (with Al Di Meola)
2007 - Любовь. Дорога. Грусть и Радость. / Love. Path. Sadness and Happiness.
2012 - Время последних романтиков / Time of Last Romantics
2013 - Тайна склеенных страниц / A Secret of Agglutinated Pages

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