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Leonidov Maxim

Born in Leningrad into the family of artists of the Leningrad Academic Comedy Theater (now named after NP Akimov).

He graduated from the M.Glinka Choral School at the Leningrad Academic Chapel specialty conductor choir, teacher of singing and solfeggio.

In 1979 he entered the Leningrad Institute of Theater, Music and Cinematography in the course of Professor Arkady Katsman and Lev Dodin with a degree in Theater and Cinema Actor. He played the role of Ivan Karamazov in the diploma performance “The Brothers Karamazov”, and was the music director and performer of several musical numbers in the performance-revue “Ah, these stars” in the 80s.

At the end of the theatrical institute he was admitted to the troupe of the Bolshoi Drama Theater n.a. Gorky (now - BDT n. a. Tovstonogov). While studying together with Nikolai Fomenko, Andrey Zabludovsky and Alexey Murashev, he created the Beat Quartet "The Secret". In the mid-80s, he leaves the BDT and is fully committed to working with this team. "The Secret" is very quickly gaining popularity and soon becoming one of the most popular groups in the USSR.

During the existence of the Beat Quartet "The Secret" released only 2 records ("The Beat Quartet Secret" 1987 and "Leningrad time" 1989), but both of them were sold out in millions of copies. In 1989, Maxim plays the role of Elvis Presley in the performance of Regina Lesner’s play The King of Rock and Roll. In connection with the growing disagreements within the "Secret", Leonidov announced his retirement from the group that year.

A year later, he and his family went to Israel. On the promised land Maxim spends 6 long years. Filmed on television, plays in the theater, records 2 discs, and the verses for the first album “Maxim” are written in Hebrew by him.

Since 1994, he has been conducting the “Eh, Roads” program on Russian television together with Andrei Makarevich. In 1995 he released his first solo Russian album "Commander". Such songs from this album as “From St. Petersburg to Moscow” and “Two Dumbbells and One Iron” are gradually becoming popular and broadcast on many radio stations. But real recognition returns to Leonidov later, along with the song "Vision", which suddenly became a mega-hit. Maxim moves to his native St. Petersburg and gathers the Hippoband group, with which he has been successfully performing since 1996.

Further, he participate in several television projects, recording of several albums, filming in movies and television films.

Maxim Leonidov leads an active concert activity, annually releases an album of new songs and leads a solitary lifestyle, devoting a lot of time to his family - wife Alexandra (actress of the Lensovet Theater) and children Masha and Lyonya.