My vocal voice is very flexible and strong. I can sing classic (opera, cantatas etc), rock, musicals, folk colloring my timbre differently. In the same way I can use with success my actor's voice. My actor's voice is very wide and expressive. But as a whole my acting voice distinguishes a freshness and a youth, a silver or golden timbre and the deep chest resonator. Nevertheless I consider that the actor's voice has to answer first of all to psychological tasks for me by director of the project. My actor's voice in the same moment can be deaf, cracked, different - depending on a psychological state of my heroines. My vocal voice is strong and ringing, and my actor's voice sounds differently. But both my voices are very flexible and successfully carry out any task of directors.
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Katerina Ksenyeva (NYC, USA) actress, singer, composer, author, journalist.
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Graduated as an actress from the St. Petersburg Theatre Academy.
Katerina Ksenyeva planned to become an opera singer and laboriously studied vocal singing since her school days. At the same time, she also studied choreography.
She enrolled in the Department of Opera Vocals at the Musical College at the Bishkek Conservatory, where she studied for a year under Vladimir Mukovnikov, and then took lessons from Bulat Minzhilkiev; both her teachers are renowned opera singers.
In 1994, she enrolled in the drama department at the Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy.
In 1998, she graduated from the master workshop of the actor and director Yuri Tomoshevsky, an honored art worker of the Russian Federation. Her diploma role was the part of Elvira in Max Frisch's play "Santa-Cruz" at the Comedian's Refuge State Theater ("Priyut Komedianta").
While working on Elvira's role in this play, Katerina Ksenyeva began to study modern jazz dance with Natalya Kasparova and took master-class lessons from the Broadway choreographer Phil LaDuca. The ingenious choreography of the theatrical choreographer Sergey Gritsay, who worked with the director Yuri Tomoshevsky, demanded "nervous" control of her body, which reveals the internal breakdown of the heroine.
Since 2013 Katerina Ksenyeva prepare her own performance “The Joys Of Loving Joyce” with famous American actor Eric Thal, this performance Katerina dedicated to the Russian Intelligentsia perished and killed in concentration camps and prisons in the time of communistic regime.
Ksenyeva's played a naïve 1960's bride in the film "Gorko!" (1997).
She played the cross-eyed romantic journalist Masha in Yuri Mamin's TV series Grim Tales From Russia (TV series) (2000–2003), which was created as a satirical analogue of the American X Files planted on Russian soil.
In 2004, Katerina Ksenyeva took part in TV series "Cops", in the episode "Sniper", playing the part of actress Zoya, who killed a rapist with a sniper rifle.
In the film "Don't Think About White Monkeys" (2009), Katerina Ksenyeva plays the leading role of Dasha, a destitute young suicidal Russian woman who finds herself in a humiliating situation and struggles to survive. Dasha escapes from a psychiatric hospital and returns with her friend to his attic, where they are discovered by Vova, a successful barman and businessman. At first, Vova dreams of using all three of them for cheap labor, but then Vova's life changes under the influence of these destitute, restless, non-conformist and talented people. When he betrays them and ruins their lives, Vova understands that his life is devoid of meaning.
The film "Don't Think About White Monkeys" received numerous international and national awards, including the grand prize at the The End of the Pier International Film Festival (2009) and the grand prize at the International Film Festival in Rabat, Morocco (2009).
Katerina Ksenyeva was shocked by what she considers the treason committed against the crew of the submarine Kursk and the lack of assistance for the perishing sailors. In 2006 she released the rock ballad "Lullaby for a Man", which was top-rated by the listeners of the Moscow Radio Maximum in 2007 and was received with delight by a number of famous foreign musicians.
Ksenyeva is also the writer and composer of other songs and instrumental compositions. In 2008, she wrote the English lyrics and music for her song "New York, New Life, New Love".
In 2012 the American Trade Unions of Musicians approved of the working O-1 visa for Katerina Ksenyeva. Her creative work has been highly appreciated by well-known musicians and producers such as Seth Riggs, Ivan Bodley, Haim Cotton, Denny Diante, David Quinones, Tristan Dell, Yury Mamin, Bernard Stollman, and many others.
In 2013 Katerina Ksenyeva moves to the USA. In 2014 her first author's vocal American album in English "New York, New Life, New Love" will release. Katerina Ksenyeva works over this album with great American musicians as well as Haim Cotton, Richie Cannata, Gospel Artists from Holly Ground Music and IMOK Gospel Music and others.
Work in theater: (Phone hidden). Comedian's Refuge State Theater ("Priyut Komedianta") in Saint Petersburg, led by Yuri Tomoshevsky. Leading tragic role of Elvira in Max Frisch's play "Santa-Cruz".
1997: "Gorko!" ("Wedding Kisses"), romantic comedy directed by Yuri Mamin. Ksenyeva plays the role of a 1960's romantic fiancée.
(Phone hidden): Grim Tales from Russia, 18 satiric TV series, directed by Yuri Mamin. The leading role of Masha Palkina, a young squint-eyed journalist.
2003: "The Sniper", episode in the detective TV series "Cops", directed by Kirill Kapitsa. The role of Zoya, a revengeful actress.
2009: Don't Think About White Monkeys, a tragicomedy directed by Yuri Mamin. The leading role of Dasha, a penniless Bohemian intellectual.
Prizes and awards
Grand prize at the All-Theater Contest of Romance Singers, 1995 (while being a 2nd year student at the Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy)
Second place winner of the International Singer Contest AYUM-97, 1997
Special International Jury Diploma for best actress and Moritz de Hadeln's special remarks at the International Film Festival in Rabat, Morocco, 2009
Saint-Petersburg Theatrical Academy
Shure Beta 58 or others
Computer & Software
since a few minutes till one day
I am unique. That is it.
My career as a Russian film director started in the late 1980s, during Mikhail Gorbachev's Perestroika. Before this period, I worked as a stage director and as an assistant technical and casting director in a film studio. Thus, when I started directing my own films, I already had a solid experience of working with actors. My films (Neptune's Holiday, The Fountain, Bakenbardy (Sideburns), Window to Paris, Don't Think About White Monkeys) had great success in Russia and received many awards at international festivals."FOUNTAIN" FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT AND DEVELOP CINEMATOGRAPHY
I recommend Katerina Ksenyeva, an outstandingly talented actress whose work. Katerina has a rare gift: her temperament and timidity empower her performance of tragic roles with great passion, such as Elvira's role in Max Frish's play Santa-Cruz, which she played in Saint Petersburg Comedian's Refuge State Theater and the role of Dasha, a poor destitute model who ran away from a psychiatric clinic, in the film Don't Think about White Monkeys. This great actress is also capable of embodying such bright eccentric characters as Masha Palkina, a funny cross-eyed journalist in the TV series Grim Tales from Russia.
Besides her talents as an actress, she is also a singer with an outstanding voice who composes, arranges and performs her own songs.
Katerina Ksenyeva graduated from the Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy, but she always wanted to improve her acting skills and continued to study in famous art studios. Besides her talents as an actress, she is also a singer with an outstanding voice who composes, arranges and performs her own songs.
Yuri Mamin, film director
I have been working with Katerina Ksenyeva as a speech coach and accent reduction specialist for her upcoming theatrical production in New York City, “The Joys of Loving Joyce.” From the moment I met Katerina, her passion for creative expression and excellence was clear. I was immediately impressed and inspired by her work as a writer, an actor and a singer, both in our personal dealings and in seeing her work on screen. Before we even met, I saw a video of her song “New York, New Life, New Love,” and was inspired by the uplifting rhythms and melody, matched beautifully with the heart-felt lyrics.ERIC THAL STUDIO
Katerina is extremely passionate and dedicated to her work. She has already proven herself as an actress and singer, but as a true artist, she continues to have a great desire to learn and to be exposed to as much knowledge as possible. She would be a wonderful addition to any acting program. She is thoughtful, kind, and compassionate. Her creative works seem to have a common thread of uniting and bringing different people together harmoniously.
While I have been exposed to a wide variety of music, seen thousands of music videos, and produced music myself, Katerina’s video presentation of her work (including “New York, New Life, New Love”) was exceptional, and like nothing I’ve seen before. It shows her directing musicians with her producer in a studio in New York City, listening and watching a drummer as she records a track, and then cuts to a cathedral in Russia, where a choir performs the chorus live. This video to me represent her great potential. I believe that given the right opportunities she will make an invaluable artistic contribution to the world.
I give her my highest recommendation.
Actor; Director; Acting and Accent Reduction Teacher
I am Haim Cotton, composer and pianist. I came to the United States from Israel at age twenty-two, having already played on fifteen records with many of Israel's most renowned recording artists. Here, I begun composing and arranging, and my works have been licensed in commercials and films worldwide. As musical director for the singer Ofra Haza, I played on her final solo album Kyria, and appeared with her on “The Tonight Show” and in festivals around the world, including the Montreux Jazz Festival. I have been teaching jazz at The New School For the past twenty two years and select students from the New York Piano Academy since I cofounded with Dr. Ronn Yedidia in 2005, while remaining committed to recording and live performance. In recent years I have concentrated on production and my latest works include the saxophonist Danny Lerman's “Meow Baby”, which has been hailed as a "breakthrough release,” and Jeffrey Wilgus's “Signature”, which critics have praised for its outstanding production. In 2007, I founded the group Project Grand Slam with my long time collaborator Robert Miller. Our debut album, ”Play”, was produced by Grammy-winning producer Frank Filipetti and nominated for 8 Grammy awards. Several tunes from the album were featured in the NBC Primetime television series “Lipstick Jungle”, and the group appeared in one of the episodes. I also released a solo piano album “Mending Sparks” in December 2009. In 2011 I formed “Secret of The Sages” with whom I performed on the prestigious stage of Symphony Space.HAIM COTTON STUDIO
It is my pleasure to reference Katerina Ksenyeva as an artist of extraordinary abilities and talent whom I met about a year ago. Katerina learned of my work through watching the web cast of the “Secret of the “ concert. She did everything she could to reach me from Russia where she was leaving at the time and asked if I’d contribute to the production of her song New York New Life New Love. I was utterly impressed by the magnitude of the production which featured many talented musicians and two great choirs. As soon as she arrived to the USA I started working with her on a classical version of an old Jewish song TS’MA LESHA NAFSHI which will feature her fabulous voice with piano and 24 piece strings orchestra. While working with Katerina Ksenyeva (a/k/a Ekaterina Mamina) I was surprised to discover that she is also a very talented Arranger and composer as well. This collaboration excited me so much that as a voting member of the Recording Academy I intend to submit the final recording to be considered for a Grammy nomination this year!
After seeing her work work in the movie of her father, great film director Yuri Mamin "Don't think about White Monkeys", I became determined to use her in my own musical projects. The film shows her vast talent not just as a singer but as an extraordinary actor of with a truthful and deep personality.
I completely support the status of the visa of Extraordinary Ability for Katerina Ksenyeva (Ekaterina Mamina) so she can further contribute to the work of leading figures in film and music and my future projects, as well facilitate her endeavor as an art model which will enable her to support herself in a related field while pursuing a career in film and music here in the USA.
Sincerely, Haim Cotton
Voice Over Clients
Eric Thal (New York)
Yuri Mamin (Saint-Petersburg)
Haim Cotton (New York)
Richie Cannata (New York)
Eduard Train (Westport, Connecticut)
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