Biography of Leonid Tereshchenko and Music Career

Published At: 25 January 2021 , 06:26 PM

Biography of Leonid Tereshchenko

Russian musician Leonid Tereshchenko - the guitarist of the pop-rock group IOWA, became the author of melodies and lyrics for several popular hits. The guy, born in Belarus, is open to creative experiments, loves his job, and tries to support the projects of talented friends and colleagues.

Childhood and youth

Leonid Tereshchenko was born in November 1982 on the territory of the Byelorussian SSR. The early biography of a typical Scorpio was associated with Mogilev, famous for cinemas, sports grounds, natural parks, and squares.

The boy grew up in a family far from the art world, but this did not prevent him from amazing and delighting his parents with artistic talents and abilities inherited from nature in childhood. In the family circle, the child arranged performances, during which he performed the hits of Mikhail Boyarsky and other pop performers. A broom, taken in hand, quite successfully replaced a concert microphone.

Realizing that the passion for creativity completely captured his son, the father and mother sent him to a secondary educational institution, where teachers with a musical education worked. Lenya enjoyed attending solfeggio lessons, sang in the choir, and took part in amateur art shows.

At a young age, Tereshchenko first attended the performance of a professional team. The virtuoso guitarist performing solo conquered the teenager and radically changed his life.

Friends recalled that the future member of the IOWA group, wherever possible, began to draw Gibson and Stratocaster instruments, and school notebooks were covered with the names of prominent rock bands. They understood that the comrade had set himself the goal of becoming a youth idol.

In high school, Tereshchenko began his path to fame with private lessons in playing the acoustic guitar, and then entered the Mogilev Music College named after I. NA Rimsky-Korsakov and became the pride of teachers. During his student years, he repeatedly participated in competitions and festivals and became a laureate of prizes and awards.

In his early youth, Leonid learned the basics of the art of arrangement and tried to compose instrumental compositions. In the last courses, the Belarusian got a chance to move to the United States of America, but visa problems prevented him from making a career abroad.

I had to move to Minsk, get a job in a thriving production company and engage in creative self-realization.

Soon Tereshchenko began to compose music and make arrangements for metropolitan performers. During the same period, he privately taught beginner guitarists and traveled to neighboring countries as a session musician.


In the late 2000s, Leonid was introduced to the original Belarusian performer Katya Ivanchikova. The girl was looking for like-minded people for the pop-rock team IOWA.

The talented charismatic guitarist immediately interested the vocalist. Over time, young people turned into a full-fledged creative tandem.

At first, at rehearsals, the laconic Tereshchenko was modest and played what other members of the group suggested. Then he composed the song "Spring" and opened a new page in the biography of the group.

Ivanchikova, drummer Vasily Bulanov, pianist Andrei Artemiev, and bassist Vadim Kotletkin, after a resounding success on the Internet, endowed the guitarist with the powers of an author and arranger. With a concert program consisting of original compositions, IOWA arranged a tour of the cities of Belarus and then moved to St. Petersburg in search of a new style.

Difficulties and problems awaited the musicians in the northern capital. Without strong production support, the band members were unable to organize concerts and sign contracts with record companies.

Fortunately, there were subscribers on social networks who liked the work of Tereshchenko and the team. The ascent to the musical Olympus began with the song "Mama", illustrated with a video clip.

In the 2010s, the natives of the Republic of Belarus, striving to be understandable to people of different nationalities, became real stars of "YouTube". The group, which regularly posted photographs and audio recordings on VKontakte and Instagram, was invited to the New Wave festival and named the discovery of the year.