VIKTORIA TOLSTOY BIOGRAPHY
Viktoria Tolstoy is a highly celebrated and respected international jazz vocalist and her numerous success stories are all a product of this explosive natural supertalent. Viktoria has never taken a single singing class thus she also owns that little perfect difference that delivers her clearly strong and wonderfully untamed, vibrant sound. She'll capture the moment on any given occasion and will outperform herself from one grand evening to the next.
Viktoria reaches all the way and her colorful, spontaneous persona will by all means make one forget to breathe for not only a short moment. Viktoria is already on the very top, yet once again aiming up.
Viktoria has been saluted by media wherever she has landed since she first grabbed that microphone, and rest assure, this show will go on. We suggest you buckle up. Expect a lot.
1994 "Smile, Love and Spice".
Right after being discovered at the age of 19 came her first album. Her great source of inspiration being her father who also wrote some of the songs.
1996 "För Älskad".
Record companies wanted a more pop influenced record in Swedish and this album most definitely made Viktoria Tolstoy a Swedish household name. Many of her songs (written by Mauro Scocco) made it up to the top of the charts.
1997 "White Russian"
Here was the first Swedish album ever to be recorded on classic label "Blue Note". "White Russian" was produced by Esbjörn Svensson and is generally considered her greatest album ever...so far.
2000 "Blame It On My Youth".
A grand compilation of tasteful and interesting standards featuring fabulous interpretations of any- and everything from Costello to Chaka Khan.
2004 "Shining On You".
Music written by Esbjörn Svensson.
2005 "My Swedish Heart".
A journey through Swedish folk and jazz music, with composers such as Lars Gullin, Börje Fredriksson, Jan Johansson etc.
2006 "Pictures Of Me".
Music written by Jacob Karlzon, Lars Danielsson, Prince,
Paul Simon, Seal, Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Van Morrisson, Eric Woolfson & Alan Parsons.
2011 "Letters to Herbie".
The decision to do the music of Herbie Hancock felt so right! He’s created so much great "singable" music. I’ve chosen to focus on his later period - the eighties, with their more funky traits and grooves…
APPEARANCES- Numerous tours in Sweden, Europe and Worldwide.
- Frequently requested for Television and Radio appearances. - Due to her fortunate looks highly engaged for photoshoots. - Participating at many and more special occasions, such as "The Polar Prize Awards", The opening ceremonies at "The World Championships of Track & Field".
- Has also been on the big screen, for instance acting as herself in one successful Swedish movie production.
PLAYED WITH- Swedish Jazz greats such as Svante Thuresson, Putte Wickman, Arne Domnerus, Ulf Wakenius, Jojje Wadenius, Esbjörn Svensson, Nils Landgren etc.
- International stars such as McCoy Tyner, Ray Brown, Toots Thielemans etc.
TRIVIAYes, Viktorias great great grandfather was Leo Tolstoj, the russian author.