Born December 27 in the North-Yenisei village, Siberia.
His fate is a vivid example of loyalty to a vocation, striving for a dream, and creative self-realization: from a small Siberian village, Igor reached Broadway. Today he is a famous singer, a successful artist and a welcome guest in many countries around the world.
He tells about himself: “I became an artist because I was born practically on the stage. My father was a wonderful singer, a wonderful lyric tenor. Mom sings great too. How much I remember myself - I was always on the stage - both in the kindergarten and at school … I was a member of the children's ensemble "Youth of Krasnoyarsk" from the first grade. During the 8th grade, I gathered a rock group with his friends, we called it "Beetles" in imitation of the Beatles. I got the first salary as a vocalist at the age of 15, since then singing has become my profession. ”
Igor Portnoy is a graduate of GITIS (faculty of musical theater actors), a winner of a television competition in Jurmala and the winner of the All-Russian competition of vocalists "Magic Crystal". After graduation, he was invited to the Mossovet Theater to play the part of Judas in the musical "Jesus Christ - Superstar." At the same time he recorded the main part in the original album of the musical “Gelsomino”.
He toured in Canada with the musical “Russians on Broadway”, 9 months he performed with his show in the theater “La Kafkan” in Montreal. He sang with the Canadian National Opera and the Toronto Operetta Theater. In 1997 he became a citizen of Canada. He played in Canadian musicals "The Phantom Of The Opera" and "Ragtime", and his role as Master in the musical "Master and Margarita" in Vancouver is considered to be one of the most famous at the time.
He released two solo albums, “Russian On Broadway” in New York and “Let’s Get Together” in Toronto. In 2002 he received the American Green Card for his achievements in the world of art (Extraordinary ability in arts).
Igor starred in two Hollywood movies - Hit the Dutchman and Dick. He had solo concerts in more than 80 countries, but he never forgets about his homeland.
Igor is a frequent guest of Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and Moscow International House of Music. He is regularly filmed in the program "Romance of Romance" on the channel "Culture". The artist played many bright roles in prominent Russian musicals, is a director and artistic director of the show of leading actors of Russian musicals "Stars of Broadway." In his voice, cartoon characters from Disney studios, Warner Brothers and others sing and talk.
On June 6, 2018, Igor performed as a lead and soloist at the Montserrat Caballe concert dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the singer at the State Kremlin Palace.
About work in the musicals of the Triumph Production Center Igor Portnoy responds with love and warmth: “I love the characteristic roles, I like to play negative characters. I like the musical material with which I work here, and the brightness, singularity, specificity of my characters! ”