For other uses, see Pelageya (disambiguation).

Pelageya performs in Crocus City Hall, Moscow, Nov. 17, 2012
Background information
Native name Пелагея
Birth name Pelageya Sergeyevna Khanova
Born (1986-07-14) 14 July 1986
Novosibirsk, Russia
Genres Folk rock, folk, art rock
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active late 90's – present
Labels FeeLee Records, Soyuz, Misteria Zvuka

Pelageya Sergeyevna Khanova (Russian: Пелагея Серге́евна Ханова) or Pelageya, (born 14 July 1986), is а Russian singer. She sings folk-songs from different nations in different languages, romances and compositions written by the members of her group, mostly in rock arrangements.

Life and career

Pelageya's mother, Svetlana Gennadiyevna Khanova (Russian: Светлана Геннадьевна Ханова), formerly a jazz-singer, theatre director and performing arts instructor, is now a producer and art director of her daughter's band. Pelageya's father is unknown. Her last name Khanova is the surname of her mother's last husband. At the age of eight Pelageya entered the musical school attached to Novosibirsk Conservatoire. At nine she was awarded the title "Best folk-singer of Russia in 1996" at a television contest. And at ten she signed a contract with FeeLee Records label and the family moved to Moscow. At the age of 14 she completed her school education through correspondence and entered Russian Academy of Theatre Arts, from which she graduated with honours in 2005.

In 1997 she sang at Moscow's 850th Anniversary Pageant concert, was the sole performer at the Heads of Government of Three States Summit (Jacques Chirac, Helmut Kohl, Boris Yeltsin) and participated in KVN TV show as a member of Novosibirsk State University team.

In July 1999 she was invited by Mstislav Rostropovich to a musical festival in France alongside Evgeny Kissin, Ravi Shankar, B.B. King. In an interview to a French newspaper Galina Vishnevskaya - Rostropovich's wife - called her then "a future of the world's opera". In 2000 Pelageya assembled a band under her name.

In 2009 Pelageya was awarded the title "Best female soloist of the year" according to Nashe Radio. In January 2010 she took part in Bobby McFerrin's project Bobble.

In 2012-2014 Pelageya has been one of the four coaches in the Russian reality talent show The Voice, and also she has been one of the three coaches in the junior version of this show – The Voice Kids.

During the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, she performed the Russian folk song Oy, to ne vecher (Ой, то не вечер).

After the birth of her daughter, she returns to music by taking part in the anniversary concert of Nikolay Rastorguyev, the leader of the band Lyube, where she performs the song Конь (Horse) in duet with him.

Personal life

In 2010 Pelageya married Dmitry Efimovich, a television director. They divorced two years later. She is now married to Russian hockey player, Ivan Telegin. They have a daughter Thaisia (Russian: Таисия).


Band members

  • Pelageya Khanova — vocals
  • Pavel Deshura — guitar, back vocals, arrangement
  • Svetlana Khanova — producer, lyrics, arrangement, audio mixing
  • Dmitry Zelensky — drums
  • Alexander Savinykh — bass guitar, back vocals
  • Anton Tsypkin — bayan (accordion), keyboards
  • Sergey Poluboyarinov — sound director

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