Born in New York City to diplomat parents, Elizaveta grew up in Moscow, Russia. She started playing piano and writing songs when she was five years old. Her childhood was full of music, but also shadowed by fears of potential fallout from a major head trauma she received as a baby, which left her with a mild case of synesthesia and prone to dramatic episodes of sleepwalking. When she turned 15, she left home and embarked upon a 3-year journey across Europe. She played piano and sang in seedy European nightclubs, studied herbal alchemy in an Italian monastery, and finished it off by attending the Prague Academy of Music. Her gypsy star then took her to Los Angeles, where she graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in opera and music composition.
In 2011, Elizaveta signed a deal with Universal Republic Records and immediately went into the studio with the multi-Grammy award winner and producer Greg Wells (Adele, Rufus Wainwright, Katy Perry, and Elton John) who helped Elizaveta hone her “opera-pop” vision and style. The result was her 2012 major label debut Beatrix Runs, which featured the iTunes Song Of The Week & single “Dreamer.”
With that debut, Elizaveta distinguished herself as the “5th Element” of pop by mixing opera with electronica, classical and soul. Elizaveta left Universal Republic Records in 2013 and launched her own label ‘Flower Army Records’ later that year. In spring of 2014, the self-titled track “Hero” from her Hero EP was remixed by electronic music duo Pegboard Nerds and featured in the viral video “Superman with a GoPro,” garnering over 18 million views on YouTube.
Since then, Elizaveta’s music has been featured in a cadre of films and numerous television shows, such as “Pretty Little Liars,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Triple Nine,” “Scandal” and “The Affair,” amongst others. She is also the voice of the Tavern Bard in the award winning video game “Dragon Age-Inquisition” and has toured widely both in Europe and the United States, gracing the TED stage numerous times.
Elizaveta has also toured & collaborated with the iconic Russian rock band B-2 – their duet ‘Only Love Will Fix This’ (“Только Любовь Починит”) went to #1 on Russian pop charts in spring 2015. Her single ‘Trap’ is featured in a major Russian 2016 motion picture ‘Призрак’, while a heartbreaking ballad “Higher” (“Выше”) is the emotional centerpiece of the 2016 action blockbuster “Молот” (“Hammer”).
Elizaveta’s latest English language album ‘Messenger’ was released in 2015. She followed it up by another successful collaboration with The Pegboard Nerds on a hit dance anthem “Extraordinary”. After a melodic pop single “S.O.S.”, and a surprising drum n’ bass release “Drifters” with Feint, the rising star of British drum n’ bass, she will release her first single of 2019 on February 14.
She is currently based in Japan.
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“She vaults across multiple octaves effortlessly, performing a jaw-dropping run of arpeggios with a full-bodied, rich tone as she sings about embracing limitless possibilities…a refreshing new talent.”