The guest of the next edition of the Gorod ON AIR program was the singer and composer Diana Pirags.
About connection with Daugavpils
“A lot connects me with Daugavpils. My father, great uncle, grandfather and grandmother were born in this city. Here my parents met – at that time my mother, Olga Pirags, had already performed and given concerts, studied at the Daugavpils Pedagogical Institute. Soon after that, fame came to her and my mother and my father moved to live in Riga. Already in the capital, my sister was born, and later – me. But in my heart I feel like a “full-fledged” Daugavpilchanka – warm memories connect me with this city ”.
About choosing a path
“The choice of the path is completely logical for me – it seems to me that from the very birth I knew that I would develop in music. When I was 3-4 years old I started to sing, I really liked it. I saw that my mother was surrounded by talented musicians; rehearsals and small events were often held at our home. Mom always asked me to sing at such meetings – but I can’t say that I was forced, rather it was my conscious choice and desire to sing.
When I was 5-6 years old, my mother and I flew to Novosibirsk, where I had my first concert with a wonderful team. This was my first step on the big stage – in Novosibirsk my mother and I worked for about six months. “
About the surname Pirags
“At school they didn’t call me a“ pie ”- but then my surname was different, after my dad. I have always been active, performing, including on television. Everyone said that it was great that my mother was such a famous singer, and that I would have the same surname when I reached the level of my mother. Pirags is not a pseudonym, but the name of my great-great-grandfather. He was categorically opposed to any of the children changing their surname; and he had many children – 3 daughters and 3 sons. That is, when my mother was little, it was already decided that she would not change her surname when she got married. ”
“Lately, due to the pandemic, I have only been doing private lessons. But I really dream of opening a large studio, given that I already have experience in this business – for 5 years my mother kept her vocal studio, which was attended by about 200 students.
It was one of the happiest periods of my life, because I could develop and engage in teaching activities, which I really like. By the way, I graduated from the Pedagogical Academy. Now I teach mainly to children, the age varies from 4 to 12 years old and above. This is a very dynamic and time-consuming job, because new trends and trends constantly appear in vocals, which you need to follow and be in trend. Now children have completely different tastes and different characters – this is no longer the Wolf from “Well, wait a minute!”, So you need to keep up with the times. Not so long ago, my students and I recorded a song and shot a video. “
About plans for the future
“We have a lot of projects and plans now. In a month, on November 28, I will have my birthday. Coincidentally, right now, on my own, I began filming two clips, which will be broadcasted “around” an important date for me – either before or after my birthday.
One of the new songs, based on the music of the famous Korean composer Yiruma, will be sung in English, called Kiss the Rain. In the near future I will have a new Christmas album, the songs of which will create a good, cozy and homely mood. “
Source: GOROD.LV – новости Даугавпилса by gorod.lv.
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