Cheban, Tamara Savel’evna
Born Oct. 9 (22), 1914, in the village of Berezlozhi, in what is now Orgeev Raion, Moldavian SSR. Soviet Moldavian singer (soprano); leading figure in public life and in the world of music. People’s Artist of the USSR (1960). Member of the CPSU since 1953.
Cheban graduated from the Kishinev Conservatory in 1946. She was a soloist with Moldavian Radio from 1944 to 1951. She sang with the Fluerash Folk Orchestra and performed with the orchestra on foreign tours. Cheban began teaching voice classes at the Institute of Arts in Kishinev in 1973, becoming a docent in 1976. Since 1973 she has been honorary chairman of the Music and Choir Society of the Moldavian SSR. She is an outstanding performer of Moldavian folk songs and songs by Moldavian composers.
Cheban was a deputy to the third through fifth convocations of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. She has been awarded the State Prize of the USSR (1950), the Order of Lenin, and two other orders.