Mikhail SmirnovFrom making the final of 'The Voice. Kids' to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Mikhail Smirnov is no stranger to performing on big stages.
The 12-year old from Moscow is already a multiple prize winner in Russia and abroad at competitions and festivals for young singers. He is also an actor at the Ivanhoe Musical Theatre in his home city.
Mikhail's success as a singer is no less impressive considering his family background - born to parents who are mathematicians, who both graduated from the Maths & Mechanics faculty at the Moscow State University. When he was three years old, Mikhail suddenly began to stutter and his parents sent him to singing lessons as part of the therapy. There, his first vocal coach noticed that Mikhail not only had a good ear for music but also a wonderful voice. His mother, who also graduated from music school and plays piano, cultivated Mikhail’s love of music throughout his childhood.
Gradually gaining skills, Mikhail began not only performing at various competitions, but also winning prizes. At the age of eight he moved studios, and hit professional level by winning many prizes in his new environment. Despite his young age, Mikhail has a large number of titles to his name from both Russian and international competitions. He does say, though, that his biggest success to date was getting to the final of "The Voice. Kids" in Russia - and being chosen to represent his country in Sofia, of course!
A very versatile young man, Mikhail also acts professionally in a musical theatre - most recently playing Jim Hawkins in the play “Treasury Island”. When he's not singing or acting, Mikhail enjoys playing football, writing poetry, and shooting his own mini-videos.