Peter Nalitch

Peter Andreyevich Nalitch (Russian: Пётр Андре́евич На́лич, pronounced [ˈpʲɵtr ɐnˈdrʲejɪvʲɪtɕ ˈnalʲɪtɕ]), also spelled as Petr Nalich or Pyotr Nalich, is a Russian singer and composer who represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo. In the final on May 29, he came 11th with his song "Lost and Forgotten".

Peter Nalitch
Пётр Налич
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Peter Nalitch on radio Echo of Moscow in December 2007
Background information
Birth namePiotr Andreevich Nalich
Born (1981-04-30) April 30, 1981 (age 41)
Russian SFSR, USSR
GenresPop, comedy
Instrument(s)Vocals, accordion, classical guitar [1]

Personal InfoEdit

Peter Nalitch was born on 30 April 1981 in Moscow, Russia. His grandfather Zahid Nalić, was a Bosnian opera singer from Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Peter Nalitch has become famous in Russia after the publication in 2007 on YouTube of the clip of his song "Gitar" (where he makes fun of himself with broken English lyrics and dubious film editing qualities).[1] In about three years, more than 8,000,000 people had watched it. Interviews and articles about Peter followed in some Russian papers. The song "Gitar" is most popular in Greece, Germany and Slovakia.[2]

Peter Nalitch and FriendsEdit

Peter Nalitch on stage
Peter Nalitch's musical collective
Peter Nalitch (centre)


In 2007, Peter already had about 40 songs written down, all available on his website for free.[3] The band took the name Peter Nalitch's Musical Collective - "Muzykalny kollektiv Petra Nalitcha" ("Музыкальный коллектив Петра Налича") or more simply "MKPN" ("МКПН").


Over the following two years, in addition to the Moscow venues, MKPN went on tour, performing in Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod and other large Russian cities. The band released their first album in 2008 - "Radost Prostykh Melody" ("Радость простых мелодий" - translated as "The Joy of Simple Melodies" on their website). They also released a DVD of the footage of a concert in Moscow – "MKPN v B1 Maximum" ("МКПН в Б1 Maximum" – "MKPN at the B1 Maximum") and an EP, "More" ("Море" – "The Sea"). In 2009, the band was one of the headliners at the "Sfinks" festival in Antwerp (Belgium).[4]

Nalitch is self-produced.[5]

Eurovision 2010Edit

Peter Nalitch and Friends was chosen[6] to represent Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, in Oslo, with the song Lost and Forgotten.[7] The final, on May 29, saw the song finishing 11th.

Musical styleEdit

Peter Nalitch on stage

Peter Nalitch sings in Russian, English (the latter with a Russian accent, which he refuses to hide), Italian ("Santa Lucia"),[8] French ("Il pleut toujours", on the EP "More") and Baburi, an invented language.

In the wake of this idea of self-promotion on the web, the band has given, on September 17, 2009, an acoustic concert from their own flat, broadcast live on RuTube (a local videohosting and live broadcasting site).[9] On October 30, 2009, they broadcast another show live on RuTube, this time a real concert in Moscow.[10]

Band membersEdit

  • Peter Nalitch – voice, guitar, piano, accordion
  • Yura Kostenko – saxophone, flute, piano
  • Sergei Sokolov – domra, guitar, voice
  • Kostia Shvetsov – guitar
  • Dima Simonov – bass
  • Denis Marinkin – drums



  • 2008 – "Radost prostykh melody" ("Радость простых мелодий" - "The Joy of Simple Melodies")[11]
  • 2010 – "Vesyoliye Baburi" ("Весёлые Бабури" - "Jolly Baburi")

Live albumsEdit

  • 2009 – "Kontsert MKPN v B1 Maximum" ("Концерт МКПН в Б1 Maximum" - Concert of MKPN at the B1 Maximum")[12]

Singles, EPEdit

  • 2007 – Single of summer 2008 (with the magazine "Afisha" ("Афиша"))
  • 2009 – EP "More" ("Море" - "The Sea")[13]

International releasesEdit


  1. ^ "Gitar on Youtube". 2007-04-24. Archived from the original on 2021-12-15.
  2. ^ Sophia Kishovsky (February 22, 2008). "A new Moscow Music Sensation: Peter Nalitch Plays "Gitar"". The New York Times. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  3. ^ " - official site, in English and in Russian".
  4. ^ "Peter Nalitch and Friends at Sfinks". Peter Nalitch. Archived from the original on 2010-05-31.
  5. ^ Talmazan, Yuliya (2010-04-18). "'Lost and Forgotten' Peter Nalitch – Russia's Eurovision 2010 Attempt At Avant-Garde". YT Files - Blog by Yuliya Talmazan. Archived from the original on 2010-06-30.
  6. ^ " - Russia: Not lost and not forgotten". 2010-03-07.
  7. ^ "Lost and Forgotten mp3". 2010-03-18. Archived from the original on 2010-05-31.
  8. ^ "MKPN at the B1 - Santa Lucia live". 2009-03-18.
  9. ^ "September 17th: The online concert". Archived from the original on 2010-03-14.
  10. ^ "News". Archived from the original on 2010-03-14.
  11. ^ "MKPN - Radost' prostykh melodii - first album online". Archived from the original on 2010-02-16.
  12. ^ "Peter Nalitch and Friends in B1 Maximum". Archived from the original on 2010-03-14.
  13. ^ "MKPN - More - EP online". Archived from the original on 2010-02-18.

External linksEdit [2] Official website] (in Russian and English)

Preceded by Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by