Ed Shulzhevskiy was born in an artistic family in Krasnodar, Russia. As a singer, he was making his first steps at the very childhood under supervision of his own father. Later, Ed shared his time between the studies in a musical school and piano lessons. Among the other causes of the singer's career was a passion for professional dances: After the 9th year in school Shulzhevskiy joined the Choreographic lyceum at University of Culture of Krasnodar. The first performances in vocal festivals brought the singer to a level of personal success.Read More
At the age of 17, Shulzhevskiy moved out in Moscow in order to apply for the continuing education. Despite the experience of the older friends who failed the entrance examinations he took the risk and filed his papers to several institutions at once. As a result, Ed was accepted to the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (Russian: ГИТИС), while for his brilliant interpretation of the aria from the musical Notre-Dame de Paris in French he went directly to the second year grade.
Shortly after joining the Academy Ed received the invitation to the auditions for the musical Metro, but gave up the idea to continue his studies. In the third year Ed decided to pass from theory to practice and took part in several auditions. He received a number of offers immediately, but he chose Notre-Dame de Paris. His unique voice charmed Ekaterina von Gechmen-Valdek and Alexander Vainshtein. During the same day, the producers of the musical approved Shulzhevskiy as captain Phoebus.
At the same time Shulzhevsky received offers from producers regarding his career as pop-singer but rejected them all : the condions of contracts were quite severe, the projects themselves were not considered as a long-termed ones but were aimed only at financial result. “They began to overflow me with phone calls, offering job in their projects – tells Shulzhevskiy – I’ve already been thinking about solo career, but I didn’t want to squander my talents on trifles and to become nonce-artiste”.
In 2004, after the closure of the Notre-Dame de Paris, Ed was invited to take part in the auditions of Romeo and Juliette. After his outstanding debut as captain Phoebus, Russian media immediately baptized him as the main Russian Romeo.
Ed’s solo career started in 2006 with a record of two songs Снег (lyrics and music by Ed Shulzhevskiy) and Странная жизнь (lyrics and music Ed Shulzhevskiy), – both compositions were in rotation lists of Russian radio stations. Ed began recording on his own by spending on that the money he has been paid in theater. However, the fate brought the singer with a man who offered to try recording together in the name of a stage.
The first serious success came to Ed with the record of songs Я и ты (lyrics by Lara d’Elia, music by A. Lunev) and My baby (lyrics by O. Tomashevskiy, music by A. Lunev). The tracks were picked by director Georgiy Toidze to become video clips, while MTV and Muz-TV put them on the playlist. During the filming of My baby the singer got acquainted with the guys from Vacuum – Swedish composers and producers Mattias Johan Borje Lindblom and Anders Wollbeck (Alcazar, Rachel Lauren Stevens, Monrose). In May 2008, the musicians composed a song Good Things (Я научу тебя летать in Russian, lyrics by Karen Kavaleryan) and later recorded it in Stockholm.
Back in the beginning of 2008, Shulzhevskiy performed with a live rock-quartet for the first time. The performance took place at the party of Yes! magazine in the club B1 Maximum. As a band on the stage, Ed comes along with Sergey, Vladimir, Alexander and Dmitriy.
Sergey was born in Ivanovo. The band's solo guitarist is a graduate of Chemist-technological University in Ivanovo. Sergey's full name in Russian is Сергей Колчин, Sergey's date of birth is 08.06.78. He perfected his skill as guitar-player in various collectives, such as Сарафанное радио, Динамит, and the Band recreation centre. Sergey collects expensive guitars and all its equipment (wires).
Vladimir was born in Moscow. The band's keyboardist is a graduate in such institutions as the Musical school of Dunaevskiy, the jazz branch at Culture Institute and the jazz branch of Academy of Majmonid. Currently, he is a postgraduate student, an admirer of Daniel Kharms and collector of phraseological units. Vladimir's full name is Vladimir Luizo, Vladimir's date of birth is 11.08.81. He was a laureate of numerous Moscow and International jazz competitions.
Alexander was born in Rostov on Don. The band's percussionist is a graduate of The Rostov School of Arts and a graduate in pop-jazz branch of the Rostov Conservatory of S.Rahmaninov. Alexander's full name in Russian is Александр Худяков, Alexander's date of birth is 01.05.71. He has been noticed working with such well-known artists and groups as: Phonograph Jazz Band, Батырхан Шукенов (Батыр), Штар, Динамит, Алсу, and Джанни Родари. In 2005, Alexander organized ЕМ, half-electronic and half-acoustic house project without being a resident in any club of Moscow.
Dmitriy came from Severouralsk. The band's bass guitarist finished the musical school of his native town, studied in Ekaterinburg School of Music of Chaykovskiy and became a student of the Art Academy of Gnesinyh. Dmitry's full name in Russian is Дмитрий Белоусов, Dmitry's date of birth is 21.07.82. He masters the musical notation, but as a real Ural chap never uses it. Dmitriy doesn't recognize authorities but values Юрий Шевчук.
Shulzhevskiy’s first solo Black&White Concert program took place at the concert hall Crystall in May, 2008. The honorable guests of the evening and numerous representatives of the Russian show-business have highly estimated the artist, while those who came to see a “one-song hero” were quite surprised by the high level of performance.