Marina Vinogradova is a Russian-American singer, songwriter and arranger. She was born in Saratov, Russia. She grew up in a musical atmosphere as both of her parents were classical musicians. She graduated from music school in Satarov and also studied in the Theater department of Saratov Conservatory. Marina then moved to Moscow where she entered The Moscow College of Improvised Music. After graduating she stayed there as a vocal coach and worked there for 5 years.
She also performed as a solo and background vocalist in many Russian towns and cities including Moscow, Saratov, Yaroslavl, Samara, Saint Petersburg and took part in many Jazz Festivals, (Yaroslavl Jazz Festival, Moscow "Usad'ba Jazz" Festival, Django Reinhardt Festival) had concerts in Sardinia, Italy where she took part in the Festival, "Music and Cinema of Russia in 1930-50s". In 2010 she toured with her band in France and Israel finally returning to Russia where she was a vocalist/arranger in two a cappella groups.
As a vocalist she studied with:
Seth Riggs (vocal coach of Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury and many others)
Gabrielle Goodman (Professor of Berklee College of Music, Songwriter for Chaka Khan Band)
Donna McElroy (Grammy Nominee 1993).
JD Walter-NYC Vocalist and educator
In 2014 was accepted in Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where she was awarded the full tuition scholarship and graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor Degree in Performance and Jazz Composition.
Marina was featured frequently at Berklee and on the East coast of the US as a solo vocalist, background vocalist, arranger and conductor including The Newport Folk Festival, Cambridge Jazz Fest, Berklee Commencement Concert, Tribute to Paul Simon, Tribute to Bob Dylan, International Folk Festival, Fisk Jubilee Singers Choir Concert in Boston Symphony Hall, Middle-Eastern Festival, Berklee Trustees Christmas Party, New York Voices Workshop.
In 2016 she won the Outstanding Jazz Vocalist award.
Today Marina is in demand as a singer, arranger and composer. In March 2019 she was invited to tour in Morocco where she performed and conducted her compositions and arrangements with the National Jazz Orchestra. In May together with The Lotus Sound group she performed at one of the most prestigious a cappella festivals, Moscow Spring A Cappella, and later was invited to tour in Mexico together with the UNIVOZ A Cappella Group.
In September 2019 she released her first EP Keep Yourself For Another Day on the American label Townhill Colony Records. The EP is available on all digital platforms (iTunes, Spotify, Yandex Music, Google Play, YouTube etc.)
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«Marina Vinogradova is a performer of top rank and reckless creativity. Having been the part of the international music scene for years, I have collaborated with quite a variety of musicians. Every now and then you come across a musician that has something unique, artistic and deep, something that sets them apart, and Marina definitely is one of a kind. She has got a distinct musical voice and her performance style makes her stand out».
- Peter Eldridge, New York Voices
«Marina Vinogradova is a very talented and competent arranger. Besides that, she is a great singer, accompanist and conductor. You won't find a person like that in everyday life.»
- Nikolay Didenko, soloist of «Novaya Opera» (Moscow) and
«Metropolitan Opera» (New York, US)
«Marina Vinogradova is a performer of very high level. Not every day you can meet an artist of her caliber. She is incredible both as a solo artist and as a choir member. She has an outstanding musicality and a fantastic stage presence. I truly admire her!»
- Donna McElroy, Grammy Nominated Singer