Yuliy Chersanovich Kim (Russian: Ю́лий Черса́нович Ким, Korean: 율리 킴; born 23 December 1936, Moscow) is a Russian bard, composer, poet, and songwriter of Korean descent. His songs, encompassing everything from mild humor to biting political satire, appear in at least fifty Soviet movies, including Bumbarash, The Twelve Chairs, and An Ordinary Miracle, as well as the songs "The Brave Captain," "The Black Sea," "The Whale-Fish," "Cursed Lips," "Captain Bering," and "Baron Germont Went to War." Since 1998, he has been living in Israel and has made periodic tours throughout Russia, Europe, and the United States.
Yuliy Chersanovich Kim
Юлий Черсанович Ким
|Born||December 23, 1936|
Moscow, Soviet Union
|Citizenship||Soviet Union (1936–1991) → Russia (1991–present), Israel (1998–present)|
|Alma mater||Moscow State Pedagogical University|
|Known for||his songs and human rights activism|
|Movement||dissident movement in the Soviet Union|
|Parent(s)||Kim Chersan and Nina Valentinovna Vsesvyatskaya|
|Awards||Medal Defender of a Free Russia|
Parents of Kim were victims of the Great Purge of 1937 and 1938, in which his father was executed and his mother was sentenced as a "family member of a traitor of the Motherland" to five years in a labor camp and three years of exile, so that Kim didn't see her until age 9. She was rehabilitated during the Khrushchev Thaw period in 1958, but before that, she was under the "101st kilometer" law and could not live in Moscow, so Kim's family settled in Maloyaroslavets, Kaluga Oblast. In 1951, the family moved to Turkmenistan. Kim returned to Moscow in 1954 to enter the Moscow State Pedagogical Institute.
In 1959, Kim graduated from the Department of History and Philology of Moscow State Pedagogical University. During his student years, he began writing poems and setting some of them to music. Upon graduation, he was sent to teach in the village of Il'pyrsky, Kamchatka, near Anapka, where he taught for three years. He taught history, literature, geography, and other subjects, and also directed a number of musical plays with the schoolchildren. Since then, the sea has become one of the main themes of his songs.
In 1969, he signed An Appeal to The UN Committee for Human Rights.
After returning to Moscow, Kim worked as a school teacher, and at the same time participated in the Soviet dissident movement, which cost him his job in 1968. Subsequently, Kim earned a living by writing songs for plays and movies as well as publishing plays under the pseudonym Yu. Mikhailov, which he used until 1986. At the same time, while he was barred from giving concerts, he continued his singing underground.
With the advent of glasnost, Kim was finally able to perform legally. Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, he has been acclaimed throughout the Russian-speaking world and has performed in numerous locations in Russia, Europe, and the United States. He has received numerous awards, such as the Bulat Okudzhava Prize of the Russian Federation.
Today, Yuliy Kim's discography includes over 20 titles on CD, audio and video tape, and DVD. His songs have been included in almost all anthologies of author’s song as well as many anthologies of modern Russian poetry.
His first wife was Irina Yakir — granddaughter of Red Army commander Iona Yakir. They married in 1966, and in 1998 they immigrated to Israel. After Irina's death in 1999, Kim married Lidia Lugovaya, Irina's close friend since school days. He currently splits his time between Jerusalem and Moscow.
|1963||Newton Street, House 1||Улица Ньютона, дом 1||Lyrics, vocal, actor (uncredited)|
|1969||By the Lake||У озера||Lyrics|
|1976||The Twelve Chairs||12 стульев||Lyrics|
|1977||About Red Riding Hood||Про Красную Шапочку||Lyrics|
|1978||Cabbages and Kings||Короли и капуста||Lyrics, vocal|
|Five Evenings||Пять вечеров||Lyrics|
|An Ordinary Miracle||Обыкновенное чудо||Lyrics|
|1979||Very Blue Beard||Очень синяя борода||Lyrics|
|1982||The Story of Voyages||Сказка странствий||Lyrics|
|Along Unknown Paths||Там, на неведомых дорожках...||Lyrics|
|1984||Pippi Longstocking||Пеппи Длинныйчулок||Lyrics, vocal|
|Formula of Love||Формула любви||Lyrics|
|Make the Clown Laugh||Рассмешите клоуна||Lyrics, vocal|
|1985||After the Rain, on Thursday||После дождичка в четверг||Screenplay, lyrics, actor (uncredited)|
|1987||A Man from the Boulevard des Capucines||Человек с бульвара Капуцинов||Lyrics|
|1988||One, Two — Grief Is No Tragedy!||Раз, два — горе не беда!||Screenplay, lyrics, actor|
|Heart of a Dog||Собачье сердце||Lyrics|
|1991||Shadow||Тень, или Может быть, всё обойдётся||Lyrics|
|2002||The Unwilling Doctor||Лекарь поневоле||Music, lyrics and vocal|
|2010||The Ugly Duckling||Гадкий утёнок||Lyrics|
- He Couldn't Stand Judophobia Since Childhood // Booknik, 23 December 2012 (interview, in Russian)
- Vsesvyatskaya Nina Valentininovna biography at the Sakharov Center website (in Russian)
- Yuliy Kim: Following the Life Pass interview in the Lekhaim magazine, June 2005 (in Russian)
- Yuliy Kim: Every time I went to protect our children interview at Pravoslavie and World, 26 February 2014 (in Russian)
- Yuliy Kim, a happy son of Gulag, Novaya Gazeta
- Yakobson, Anatoly; Yakir, Pyotr; Khodorovich, Tatyana; Podyapolskiy, Gregory; Maltsev, Yuri; et al. (21 August 1969). "An Appeal to The UN Committee for Human Rights". The New York Review of Books.
- While Everyone's at Home // Channel One Russia, 21 December 2008 (interview at Kim's apartment)
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