Valery Kipelov

Valery Alexandrovich Kipelov (Russian: Валерий Александрович Кипелов; born July 12, 1958) is a Russian musician and composer who was the vocalist and a founding member of heavy metal band Aria.[1] Since 2002, Kipelov leads his own metal band, Kipelov.[2]

Valery Kipelov
Валерий Кипелов
Kipelov in 2018
Kipelov in 2018
Background information
Birth nameValery Alexandrovich Kipelov
Born (1958-07-12) July 12, 1958 (age 64)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
GenresHeavy metal, hard rock
Instrument(s)Vocals, accordion
Years active1980–present

Early lifeEdit

Kipelov was born in 1958 in Kapotnya, Moscow, Soviet Union.



Kipelov was among the founding members of Aria, alongside Vladimir Holstinin and Alik Granovsky, although he initially played a less active role in songwriting and the development of the band's style than the other two. For the first four albums, he only composed three songs (two of them slow ballads).[citation needed]. After the breakup in 1987, Kipelov and Holstinin were the only two members who remained with their producer Vekshtein.

During the Germany tour 1994, Kipelov's relations with Holstinin and Dubinin became tense. He ceased appearing at Aria's studio and was fired from the band. Then Mavrin refused to play without Kipelov and left the band, too. After participating in a few of Master's concerts, Kipelov tried to form a band of his own, but later returned to Aria following the threat from Moroz Records to sue the band for breach of contract.

In 2002, after the release of 'Himera', Kipelov refused to start recording the new album, already written by Dubinin and Holstinin. He stated his wish to start a solo career.This disagreement broke Aria apart after 'Judgement Day', August 31, 2002.

Kipelov (band)Edit

Kipelov performing with Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish) in 2011

On September 1, 2002, the day after Kipelov left Aria, Kipelov, Terentyev, Mavrin and Maniakin launched a new band named Kipelov (named at Terentyev's suggestion as the bandmembers couldn't come up with any better name). In 2003, they released the live album Put Naverh (Way to the Top), recorded in Saint Petersburg.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Kipelov is married to Galina Kipelova.[citation needed]

Kipelov expressed support of Russia's annexation of Crimea, and said it should've been returned to Russia in 1991.[3] He performed at music festivals celebrating the event in Crimea.[4][5] Kipelov supported the Russian invasion of Ukraine in May, 2022.[6][7][8] In July 2022, Kipelov performed in the hospital in front of the Rosgvardiya servicemen wounded during the war in Ukraine.[9]

He is Orthodox Christian.[10]


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography: Aria". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  2. ^ "RAGE Guitarist To Record And Tour With Ex-ARIA Singer". Blabbermouth. 11 January 2005. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Валерий Кипелов высказался о присоединении Крыма >>". Archived from the original on 2015-01-01.
  4. ^ "Группа Кипелов отправляется в тур по Крыму".
  5. ^ "Чичерина уверена, что еще выступит перед своими фанатами на Украине". 22 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Валерий Кипелов "топит" за Путина: рокер сделал громкое заявление о войне". (in Russian). Retrieved 2022-06-07.
  7. ^ Малай, Катерина (2022-05-28). "Экс-солист Арии Кипелов ответил Шевчуку на фразу о том, что родина – это не задница Путина". OBOZREVATEL NEWS (in Russian). Retrieved 2022-06-07.
  8. ^ Obozrevatel (2022-05-28). "Кипелов на концерте ответил Шевчуку из ДДТ на антивоенные призывы". OBOZREVATEL NEWS (in Russian). Retrieved 2022-06-07.
  9. ^ Валерий Кипелов выступил с концертом в госпитале Росгвардии
  10. ^ "Валерий Кипелов: «Себя считаю крещенным и православным» | ru-news development". Archived from the original on 2014-04-28.