|Birth name||Inessa Danilova|
|Born||3 June 1965|
|Genres||Classical music, Pop|
Assia Ahhatt (Ukrainian: Асія Ахат; born 3 June 1965) is a Ukrainian musician. She plays the violin. She has been a nominee and a winner of many international competitions in Italy and France. She has recorded several songs in which singing and violin were of equal importance.
Ahhatt was born in Kiev, in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. She started to take violin classes at the age of five. She graduated from the National Music Academy in Kiev. She then studied at the Music Academy in Nice, France. She regularly performed in concert halls in Germany, France, Italy and other European countries. She was the soloist of the Ukrainian National Philharmonic. In 1999, she released her debut album Homo Novus, featuring modern instrumental music. In 2000 a nationwide promo tour of Homo Novus took place. Same year, Assia Ahhatt signed a contract with EMI records (Poland). Later Assia signed a contract with Universal Poland, and recorded a song Where are you now? with Polish-born Hollywood actor Bogusław Linda. Linda also starred in the video for the above-mentioned song, which instantly became a hit in several European countries. Assia began her career as a singer in 2002. The same year, Assia Ahhatt was signed to a record label, Universal Ukrainian Records. She released an album Tebe, Anais (Ukrainian: Тебе, Анаис; For You, Anais).
In 2003, she released an album Shokolad (Шоколад; Chocolate), which includes songs in Russian, Polish and French. Her next album was titled Dysha Bolela (Душа Болела; Soul Hurt), and was released in 2005. Same year she founded a group "69", and became it’s producer co-songwriter. Assia released the albums Goryachiy pocelui (Горячий поцелуй; Hot Kiss) and I Like It in 2006. In 2007, she released Ya lychshaya (Я лучшая; I Am The Best).
After this, she took a three-year break from her musical career. She did this to focus on her newly born son, Philip. In 2010, Assia released an album Angeli ne kuryat (Ангелы не курят, Angels Don’t Smoke). In 2011, Assia made some changes in her music career by introducing modern violin music, as her main creative direction.
She performed with musicians such as Kurt Elling and trumpet player Chris Botti, and award-winning music composer Eric Serra. Assia Ahhatt records in the leading studios in Europe and the West Lake Studio in Los Angeles, USA. Studios was recorded her debut U.S. single “If only tonight" (2013) that instantly became a hit in America and headed several U.S. Charts:
- Billboard’s Hot Single Chart (#6 in Billboard’s 2014 - Singles Chart);
- DRT National Airplay Top 50 Independent Chart;
- DRT National Airplay Top 50 R&B/ Hip Hop Chart; and
- Indie Label Report-Rhythmic.
‘If Only Tonight’ remix, made by legendary DJ Ralphi Rosario became an instant hit in all featuring dance clubs and discos from New York to Miami, L.A., and Honolulu, and, also, was in Billboard’s National Dance Club Chart for several weeks in a raw. After the remarkable success of “If Only Tonight” Assia brought her attention to the Latin market.
The next Ahhat’s single, ‘Fiesta in San Juan’, which was recorded ft. Puerto Rican rapper, Wisin, is a dynamic dance composition, infused with the sounds of the wonderful violin solo. ‘Fiesta in San Juan’ was again in Billboard’s Latin Tropical Chart, and its remix rapidly approaches Top 10 in Billboard’s National Dance Club Chart.
Discography[change | change source]
- 1999 — “Homo Novus”.
- 2002 — “For You, Anais”.
- 2003 — “Chocolate”.
- 2005 — “Soul Hurt”.
- 2006 — “Hot Kiss” with band “69”
- 2006 — “I like it…”
- 2007 — “I Am The Best!”
- 2010 — “Angels Don’t Smoke” with band “69”
Filmography[change | change source]
- 2010 - “In-Laws New Year Eve”
References[change | change source]
- Simon, Alex; Keefe, Terry (12 December 2011). "Ukrainian Violinist Assia Ahhatt Shines on the Global Stage". The Hollywood Interview. Retrieved 21 February 2016.