He was born 9 September 1955 in Russia, Moscow. Very talented russian guitar player who plays his own style based on origin orthodoxal music roots. He mixes baltic ideas with some jazz improvisation manner. Also, he combines some very popular old hard rock composition and makes very stylish acoustic arrangements.
By the way, some people note his exterior similirity with Mick Jagger and at the live shows Ivan twisting a little. That's about his actor internals.
Some more info at Ivan Smirnov english page and www.ivansmirnov.com.