Ó÷àñòíèêè

  • Mariinsky Theatre Symphonó Orchestra
    Artistic director and conductor – Valery Gergiev 

    The Mariinsky theatre symphonó orchestra is worthily regarded as one of the best musical groups of our times. Even in the largest world opera houses a theatre symphonic orchestra rarely gives independent and such successful concerts. This collective from St. Petersburg manages quickly most complicated scores, masters all possible and impossible palettes of genres of symphonic music, has enough flexibility to work with different conductors and soloists – all this, added by an extraordinary tense schedule of tours, makes the group one of the most multipurpose orchestra in the world. In 2008 based on the opinion of world leading musical critics from largest European, American and Asian magazines it was included in the top 20 world orchestras. If the critics had taken into account that the question was about a theatre troupe with continuously renovated repertoire and daily concerts and flights they would have recognized this orchestra the best one.

    This is a collective of a high culture fostered by many generations of musicians. During two centuries of this orchestra’s history outstanding Russian artists played in it and such persons as Hector Berlioz and Richard Wagner, P.I. Tchaikovsky and S. V. Rachmaninov, Gustav Mahler, Hans von Bulow, Jean Sibelius, Richard Strauss, Arnold Schoenberg stood at its conductor’s desk. The Mariinsky orchestra was the first to bring to the public’s judgment compositions that later became the gold pool of European classics.

    The history of one of the oldest Russian music bands goes back to the beginning of the 18th century, to the foundation of the court orchestra. Two outstanding musicians were at the sources of this troupe – Catarino Cavos had been leading it for almost 50 years then followed by Konstantin Lyadov. The “golden age” started when Eduard Napravnik came to the theatre. Thanks largely to his efforts in the last quarter of the 19th century the orchestra worked up the reputation of one of the best in Europe. During his 53-years tenure Napravnik hold rehearsals and staged 79 operas and was the conductor of 30 more prepared by other maestros. In Soviet times the brilliant traditions were continued by such conductors as Vladimir Dranishnikov, Ariy Pazovsky, Yevgeny Mravinsky, Konstantin Simeonov, Yuri Temirkanov. The orchestra had the honour to be the first to play many opera and ballet works by Tchaikovsky, operas by Glinka, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, ballets by Shostakovich, Khachaturian, Asafiev.

    Since 1988 the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra has been led by maestro Valery Gergiev. When he took on the conduction the repertoire of the orchestra expanded. Besides operas (first of all, the tetralogy The Ring of the Nibelung and all Wagner’s operas from Lohengrin and further performed in German, all operas by Prokofiev and Shostakovich, main part of the opera’s heritage left by Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky, both author versions of Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky, operas by R. Strauss, Janacek, Mozart, Verdi, Berlioz, Puccini, Donizetti and others) the repertoire was enriched by a huge number of symphonic works. They played all the symphonies by Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, works by Stravinsky, Messiaen, Dutilleux, Henze, Schedrin, Tischenko, Gubaidulina, Kancheli, Karetnikov, Raskatov and others. The opening of a new concert hall in 2006 contributed much to innovation of the repertoire and fast development of the musicians’ technical skills. It became the central venue where large-scale symphonic projects of maestro were carried out. Under command of Gergiev the orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre collaborate with most prominent world opera stages and concert halls including the Metropolitan, the Kennedy Center, the Carnegie Hall, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Carlo Felice theatre, the San Francisco opera, La Scala, the Israel New Opera, the Chatelet theatre, the concert hall Pleyel, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Salzburg and Edinburgh festivals.

    The anniversary season 2012–2013 was opened by a number of important tours: the National Grand Theatre in China (the Mariinsky troupe opened this stage in 2007), the Gergiev festival in Rotterdam, a week tour around Russia that started from a charity concert in flood-devastated Krymsk. Next day after finishing the local tour the troupe opened a new 230th season by Khovanshchina with Olga Borodina. On September, 25, the birthday of Dmitri Shostakovich, the orchestra together with Denis Matsuev presented a programme compiled of the composer’s works in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. In October they had an intense tour in Canada and the United States culminated by a concert in the New York Carnegie Hall. During this tour the orchestra played fragments from The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky – one of the favorite works of maestro Gergiev. This execution coincided with the 100-years anniversary of this breakthrough piece of music. The American premier of the orchestral work Chute d’Étoiles. Part 1 by young German author Matthias Pintscher was dedicated to the same event. It was written by order of the North Carolina Performing Arts Center and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival. The Chute d’ Étoiles was conceived as a kind of tribute by its composer to The Rite of Spring and its brilliant creator. There was one more American premier – the mono-opera Cleopatra and the Snake by Rodion Shchedrin (in December the Mariinsky musicians presented it on the Moscow festival hinged on the 80th anniversary of Shchedrin).

    In November the Mariinsky Orchestra visited Asia: first, the Seoul Center of Arts, then 10 concerts in Japan cities. The Land of the Rising Sun loves and always welcomes the artists from St. Petersburg. Maestro Gergiev in his turn included in the autumn programmes such spice as Lucia di Lammermoor with Natalie Dessay and the luxurious Sibelius Concert for the violin with Leonidas Kavakos. The far-east tour was finished in China by a programme of works by Sergei Prokofiev played in partnership with the virtuoso pianist Lang Lang.

    The Mariinsky Orchestra opened the year 2013 by music by Shostakovich played in Paris and Toulouse and by a large Spain tour. Then there will be a spring circle of tours in France, Italy, the Netherlands and Austria dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. It will be followed by concerts in Moscow and Russian regions within the programme of the Moscow Ester Festival, performance of the Symphony No. 6 by Mahler in partnership with the orchestra of the Munich Philharmonic, concerts on the festival in Mikkeli (Finland), on the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and on the Baltic Sea Festival.

  • Mariinsky Theatre Stradivarius Ensemble
     

    The Mariinsky Theatre Stradivarius Ensemble is a group of musicians who play unique in tone and early string instruments created by masters of Cremona school. The ensemble was created by Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre Valery Gergiev. Leading soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra play in Stradivarius Ensemble. Popular and favorite classical compositions performed by the ensemble sound quite different then in usual concerts due to the richest and most beautiful timbre of the instruments made by Amati, Stradivari, Guarneri, and Guadagnini, Goffriller.

  • Ildar Abdrazakov
    Bass 

    Ildar Abdrazakov has quickly established himself as one of opera’s most sought-after basses. Since making his La Scala debut in 2001 at only 25, the Russian singer has become a mainstay at leading houses worldwide, including the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, and Vienna State Opera. His powerful yet refined voice coupled with his compelling stage presence have prompted critics to hail the two-time Grammy Award-winner as a “sensational bass…who has just about everything – imposing sound, beautiful legato, oodles of finesse” (Independent).

    Ildar Abdrazakov is the recipient of the first-prize of the XVII International Glinka Competition (Moscow, 1997), a prize-winner of the I Irina Arkhipova Television Moscow Grand Prix Competition (1997), the III International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition (St Petersburg, 1998), the I Elena Obraztsova International Competition (St Petersburg, 1999), the V International Maria Callas Television Competition Nuove voci per Verdi (Parma, 2000).

    Ildar Abrdazakov began his singing career in the Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre.The title role in Le nozze di Figaro was the vehicle for Abdrazakov’s 1998 house debut at St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theater. Among his other signature roles are both the title character and Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni; Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust and Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust; Oroveso in Bellini’s Norma; Selim in Rossini’s Turk in Italy, and Assur in his Semiramide. As well as for his Attila, the Russian bass is noted for other Verdi roles: Banquo in Macbeth, Walter in Luisa Miller, and the title character in Oberto.

    Abdrazakov has appeared with virtually every major opera company in the world. In addition to those already mentioned, he has sung on the stages of Barcelona’s Teatre Liceu, Madrid’s Teatro Real, Paris’s Opera Bastille, the San Francisco Opera, the Washington National Opera, and the Los Angeles Opera. He has given concerts with such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Bayerische Rundfunk, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, and Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Among the noted conductors with whom he has collaborated are Riccardo Muti, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Gianandrea Noseda, Bernard de Billy, Riccardo Frizza, Riccardo Chailly, and Antonio Pappano.

    In addition to his Grammy Award-winning recording of Verdi’s Requiem with Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Abdrazakov has recorded unpublished arias by Rossini with Chailly and the Symphony Orchestra of Milan Giuseppe Verdi for Decca and Cherubini’s Mass with Muti and the Bayerische Rundfunk for EMI Classics. For Chandos, he has recorded Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo and Rachmaninov’s The Miserly Knight, both with Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic. The bass’s DVD releases include Moïse et Pharaon from La Scala, Oberto from Bilbao, Norma from Parma, and Lucia di Lammermoor from the Metropolitan Opera.

    Since making his Met debut in 2004 in Don Giovanni under James Levine, Abdrazakov has appeared there regularly: in 2008-09 he headlined a new production of Verdi’s Attila, and in 2011-12 he made his role debuts as King Henry VIII in the Met’s season-opening production of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and as Dosifei in Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina.

    The 2012-13 season Abdrazakov began with the participation in Mozart’s operas. He appeared in Don Giovanni at the Washington National Opera and Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera. Other opera engagements include The Barber of Seville in Munich, Don Giovanni with the Vienna State Opera, Don Carlo at the Torino Opera. Also Abdrazakov took part in performance of Prokofiev’s cantata Ivan the Terrible with the Deutsche Symphony Orchestra in Berlin and was a special guest performer at Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s 50th birthday gala in St. Petersburg.

  • Yevgeny Akimov
    Tenor 

    Honoured Artist of Russia, Yevgeny Akimov graduated from the vocals faculty of the Leningrad State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (class of Lev Morozov). He was a soloist with the Zazerkalye Children’s Music Theatre from 1991 to 1996. Yevgeny Akimov joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 1996. At the Mariinsky Theatre his repertoire includes over 40 parts of the tenor’s golden repertoire, such as: Bayan (Ruslan and Lyudmila), Simpleton, Pretender, Shuisky (Boris Godunov), Prince Andrei Khovansky, Prince Vasily Golitsyn (Khovanshchina), Vladimir Igorevich (Prince Igor), Berendey (The Snow Maiden), Indian Merchant (Sadko), Ivan Lykov (The Tsar’s Bride), Lensky (Eugene Onegin), Young Gypsy (Aleko), Fisherman (Le rossignol), Mephistopheles (The Fiery Angel), Pierre Bezukhov (War and Peace), Zinovy Borisovich (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), Flogged Monk, Prince, Magnetiser, Old Man in the Woods, Storyteller (The Enchanted Wanderer), Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), Alfredo (La Traviata), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Idomeneo (Idomeneo, rè di Creta), Froh (Das Rheingold), Narraboth (Salome), and others. The singer’s concert repertoire includes the tenor roles in Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony and Rachmaninov’s vocal-symphonic poem The Bells.

    Yevgeny Akimov is a prize-winner of the I International Pechkovsky Competition (St Petersburg, 1994), a recipient of Russia’s Golden Mask theatre prize (1997, 2002), a diploma-recipient of the Golden Sofit, St Petersburg’s most prestigious theatre prize (2001, 2004).

    Yevgeny Akimov has taken part in co-productions of the Mariinsky Theatre and the San Francisco Opera (Betrothal in a Monastery) and La Scala (Boris Godunov); he has also sung at the Metropolitan Opera (New York), the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (London), the Opera de Paris, the Teatro Regio (Turin) and the National Grand Theatre of China (Beijing). Yevgeny Akimov has worked with many outstanding musicians of the present day. These include singers Giuseppe Giacomini, Placido Domingo and Ferruccio Furlanetto, and conductors Lorin Maazel (The Enchanted Wanderer, Avery Fisher Hall, 2002), Mstislav Rostropovich (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, 2002) Esa-Pekka Salonen (Boris Godunov, Hollywood Bowl, 2007). Jukka-Pekka Saraste (Rachmaninov’s The Bells, Finland, Norway and Sweden, 2009), Gianandrea Noseda (Le rossignol, Betrothal in a Monastery, Don Giovanni, Francesca da Rimini, Aleko, Teatro Regio, Turin) and Semyon Bychkov (Boris Godunov, Florence, 2006; The Bells, Cologne, 2008) to name but a few.

    In 2009 Yevgeny Akimov was awarded two medals by the Sergei Rachmaninov Foundation for his performance in the opera Francesca da Rimini and the poem The Bells.

  • Khachatur Badalyan
    Tenor 

    Khachatur Badalyan was born in Ordzhnikidze (Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia). He graduated with distinction in 2004 from the Don State University have specialised in international economics and subsequently trained at the Rostov State Rachmaninov Conservatoire. He was a soloist with the Rostov Regional Philharmonic (2004-2006). Since 2007 he has been a soloist with Mosconcert and the New Opera in Moscow. Since 2008 he has been a guest soloist with the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia and the Novosibirsk State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. He has been a soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre since 2012. His repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes: B.F. Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Foresto (Attila), Hoffmann (Les contes d'Hoffmann), and tenor part in the stage version of Verdi's Requiem. Since 2005 he has been a grant-recipient from the Dunaevsky Foundation (directed by Alla Lander). He also performs such roles as Vladimir Igorevich (Prince Igor), Vaudémont (Iolanta), Charles VII (The Maid of Orleans), Sinodal (The Demon), Young Gypsy (Aleko), Lohengrin (Lohengrin), Alfredo Germont (La traviata), the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), Cassio (Otello), Ismaele (Nabucco), Macduff (Macbeth), Fenton (Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor), Rodolfo (La bohème) and the tenor role in Scriabin’s Symphony No. 1.

    Khachatur Badalyan is a recipient of the special prize of the Riccardo Zandonai International Young Opera Singers’ Competition (Riva del Garda, Italy, 2007), the 1st prize of the International Tenors’ Competition in Memory of Luciano Pavarotti (Elena Obraztsova Foundation, St Petersburg, 2008), the 1st prize of the III Galina Vishnevskaya International Opera Competition (Moscow, 2010), the 2nd prize of the I Marcello Giordani International Opera Singers’ Competition (Italy, 2011).

    The singer has improved his technique and skills at master-classes given by such singers and conductors as Richard Bado, Diane Zola (Houston Grand Opera Association), Lenore Rosenberg (Metropolitan Opera, New York), Veriano Luchetti, Mietta Sighele (Riccardo Zandonai Opera Festival, Riva del Garda, Italy) and Michael Paul Gibson (USA).

    Has appeared under conductors including Mikhail Pletnev, Antonello Allemandi, Keri-Lynn Wilson, Teodor Currentzis, Marco Boemi and Eri Klas to name but a few. He has taken part in projects run by Irina Arkhipova.

  • Maria Bayankina
    Soprano 

    Maria Bayankina was born in the Sverdlovsk Region. She graduated with distinction in 2009 from the vocals faculty of the Russian Gnesins’ Academy of Music (class of Professor Sheveleva). Then she was a post-graduate student at the Russian Gnesins’ Academy of Music (class of Professor Sheveleva). Since 2007 she has been a leading soloist with the Petit Opera Creative Group (Board of the Open Stage project of the City of Moscow Department of Culture). Since 2010 she has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers. At the Mariinsky Theatre she has performed in the opera La Traviata as Violetta.

    She is a prize winner of the Festos Moscow Student Art Festival (2004), the International Festival and Competition (Ruza, 2009), the I International Young Opera Singers’ Competition in Memory of Maxim Mikhailov (Cheboksary, 2010), the I All-Russian young vocalists’ competition “The Future of Musical Theatre” which marked one hundred and ten years since the birth of the composer Vissarion Shebalin (Omsk, 2012).

  • Gennady Bezzubenkov
    Bass 

    Gennady Bezzubenkov is the People’s Artist of Russia, Honoured Artist of the RSFSR. He was awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation and the Order "For Services to the Fatherland", 2nd Degree.

    Gennady Bezzubenkov was born in Staraya Vitelevka, Ulyanovsk Region. Graduated from the Leningrad State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in 1979 (class of Boris Lushin and Nadezhda Velter). He has been a soloist with opera troupe of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1989. The singer is a recipient of the Casta Diva Prize (2004), the Baltika Prize (2002), Russia's national Golden Mask theatre prize for the role of Gurnemanz in the opera Parsifal ("Best male role in opera", 1998), St Petersburg's most prestigious theatre prize the Golden Sofit for the role of Gurnemanz in the opera Parsifal ("Best role in musical theatre", 1997).

    Gennady Bezzubenkov has over sixty roles, including: Ivan Susanin (A Life for the Tsar), Farlaf, Svetozar (Ruslan and Lyudmila), Varlaam, Pimen (Boris Godunov), Ivan Khovansky, Dosifey (Khovanshchina), Konchak (Prince Igor), Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Narumoff (The Queen of Spades), The Sea King, Duda, Varangian guest, Luka Nazarievich (Sadko), Vasily Sobakin (The Tsar's Bride), Prince Yury Vsevolodovich (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia), Chamberlain (the Nightingale), The King of Clubs, Herald, Chelio the Magician (The Love for Three Oranges), Faust (The Fiery Angel), Tkachenko (Semyon Kotko), Balaga, Marshal Davout, Kutuzov, Yermolov (War and Peace), The Doctor (The Nose), Boris Timofeyevich, Priest and Old Convict (Katerina Ismailova), Zosima (The Brothers Karamazov), The King of Egypt, Ramfis (Aida), Coppelius (Les contes d'Hoffmann), Pope Clement VII (Benvenuto Cellini), Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte), Orator, Zarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Landgrave (Tannhäuser), Heinrich der Vogler (Lohengrin), King Marke (Tristan und Isolde), Donner, Fafner (Das Rheingold), Hunding (Die Walküre), Fafner (Siegfried), Gurnemanz (Parsifal), and others.

    The singer's concert repertoire includes the bass parts in Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn's Die Schopfung, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Dvorak's Stabat Mater, Stravinsky's The Wedding, Sviridov's cantata St Petersburg, Penderecki's Utrenja No. 2 and Utrenja No. 3, Sofia Gubaidulina’s St John’s Passion, and Karetnikov's Mysteries of the Apostle Paul.

    Gennady Bezzubenkov has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company in Germany, France, Scotland (the Edinburgh Festival), Israel, the USA (Metropolitan Opera), Finland, Italy, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, Portugal, Luxembourg and Turkey. He has appeared as a guest soloist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London), La Fenice (Venice), La Scala (Milan), the Metropolitan Opera (New York), the Rome Opera House and the Los Angeles Opera House. He has also taken part in opera festivals in Edinburgh and Savonlinna.

    Gennady Bezzubenkov has worked with outstanding contemporary musicians, including conductors Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Yury Temirkanov, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Maris Janssons and Gintaras Rinkevicius, and singers Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Deborah Voigt, Olga Borodina, Sergey Larin and Dmitry Khvorostovsky. His audio and video recordings with the Mariinsky Theatre include War and Peace, Ruslan and Lyudmila, Iolanthe, Sadko, The Fiery Angel, The Tsar’s Bride and The Maid of Pskov (with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev for Philips Classics and NHK).

  • Andrei Bondarenko
    Baritone 

    Andrei Bondarenko graduated from the National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music of Ukraine in 2009. In 2005-2007 he was the soloist of the National Philharmonic of the Ukraine. In 2007 he joined the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers. Roles performed at the Mariinsky Theatre include: The Third company officer (The Carriage), Proletov (The Lawsuit), Podkolesin (The Marriage), Minsky (The Station Master), Silvano (Un ballo in maschera), Guglielmo (Cosí fan tutte), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande). He was the first performer of the role of Minsky in the world premiere of Alexander Smelkov's opera The Station Master, staged at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre in 2011.

    He is a prize-winner of the International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition (St.-Petersburg, 2006), the All-Russian Nadezhda Obukhova Young Opera Singers’ Competition (Moscow, 2008), the International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition (Warsaw, 2010), a finalist of the Plácido Domingo's Operalia Competition (Milan, 2010), BBC Cardiff Singer of the World finalist and Song Prize winner (Cardiff, 2011). The singer has toured to Italy, France, the UK, Switzerland, Finland. In 2009 Andrei Bondarenko has participated in the programme for young opera singers at the Salzburg Festival, where he made his debut as Gregory in Romeo and Juliet by Gounod in 2010. In 2011 he made his debut at Carnegie Hall with a programme dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the hall. In 2012 he made his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival as Marseille in La Bohème.

  • Alla Brosterman
    Concert Mistress 

    Born in the Primorsky Krai. Graduated in piano studies from the Moldovan Conservatoire in 1966. From 1968-1976 she worked with the Moldovan Theatre of Opera and Ballet. In 1976 she joined Leningrad's Maly Theatre of Opera and Ballet (now the Mikhailovsky Theatre), where she worked on productions of the operas Eugene Onegin, The Snow Maiden, The Queen of Spades, Boris Godunov, Khovanshchina, The Golden Cockerel, The Taming of the Shrew, Madama Butterfly, Don Carlo, Tosca and Don Giovanni.

    Since 1989 she has been a concert mistress with the Mariinsky Theatre, working on productions of the operas Don Carlo, Otello, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, The Miserly Knight, La forza del destino, Aida, Turandot, La traviata and Samson et Dalila, Nabucco, in addition to concert performances of the operas Norma and Simon Boccanegra. Has appeared at major concert venues both in Russia and abroad with such singers as Maria Bieshu, Lyubov Kazarnovskaya, Vladimir Galuzin and Larisa Diadkova.

    At the Mariinsky Theatre, she works with soloists including Olga Borodina, Tatiana Novikova, Larisa Diadkova, Irina Gordei, Irina Mataeva, Tatiana Pavlovskaya, Irma Dzhigolaty, Vladimir Galuzin, Alexander Gergalov, Nikolai Putilin, Edem Umerov, Gennady Bezzubenkov, Sergei Alexashkin, Ildar Abdrazakov, Mikhail Petrenko, Yevgeny Nikitin and Alexei Markov. She has worked with Olga Borodina on the solo roles of Sergei Prokofiev's oratorio Ivan the Terrible and the Alexander Nevsky cantata, as well as with Olga Borodina and Ildar Abdrazakov together on the solo roles in Hector Berlioz' Roméo et Juliette symphonie dramatique and his opera La Damnation de Faust.

    In 1996 she worked for Tel Aviv's Vocal Arts Institute on a production of the opera Iolanta. Has toured with the Mariinsky Theatre to the USA, the UK, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Israel.

    She is the Honoured Artist of Russia.

  • Larisa Diadkova
    Mezzo-soprano 

    Larisa Diadkova was born in Zelenodolsk (Tatarstan). In 1978 she graduated from the Leningrad State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (class of I. P. Levando-Timanova). Larisa Diadkova joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 1978. Among parts that she performed on a scene at the Mariinsky Theatre we can name: Vanya (Ivan Susanin), Ratmir (Ruslan and Lyudmila), Marfa (Khovanshchina), Konchakovna (Prince Igor), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Lyubov (Mazepa), Polina, Countess (The Queen of Spades), Nezhata (Sadko), Alkonost (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia), Kashcheyevna (Kashchei the Immortal), Mother Superior (The Fiery Angel), Duenna (Betrothal in a Monastery), Korobochka (Dead souls), Azucena (Il trovatore)

    Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera), Amneris (Aida), Mistress Quickly (Falstaff), Fricke (Das Rheingold, Die Walküre), Waltraute (Götterdämmerung), Herodias (Salome).

    Larisa Diadkova’s repertoire also includes the roles of Marina Mnishek (Boris Godunov), Jezibaba (Rusalka), The Princess (Suor Angelica), the mezzo-soprano parts in Bach's cantatas, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Mozart's Requiem, Dvořák's Stabat Mater, Verdi's Requiem, Mahler's Symphonies No. 2 and No. 3, Tchaikovsky's cantata Moscow, Scriabin's Symphony No. 1, Prokofiev's cantata Alexander Nevsky and vocal cycles by Mahler, Wagner and Shostakovich.

    She is a prize-winner of the Glinka All-Union Vocalists’ Competition (2nd prize, Moscow, 1984), a recipient of St Petersburg’s highest theatre prize the Golden Sofit (1998), the Casta Diva Russian opera prize (2001), the Baltika prize (2000). She was awarded the Order of Friendship of Peoples (2010).

    People’s Artist of Russia, Larisa Diadkova has appeared at the world's most renowned opera houses, among them the Wiener Staatsoper, L'Opéra Bastille (Paris), the Arena di Verona, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London), La Scala (Milan) and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has also taken part in international music festivals in Salzburg, Bregenz and Glyndebourne. Since 1996 Larisa Diadkova has been a guest soloist at the Metropolitan Opera (New York), where she has performed the roles of Azucena (Il Trovatore), Amneris (Aida), Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera), Marfa (Khovanshchina), Herodias (Salome) and Fricke (Die Walküre).

    Has performed with many renowned orchestras, such as the New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Cleveland Symphony Orchestras, the Berliner Philharmoniker and the New York Philharmonic; she has worked with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Mstislav Rostropovich, Yuri Temirkanov, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Antonio Pappano and James Conlon.

    Larisa Diadkova's discography includes CD recordings of the operas Ruslan and Lyudmila, Boris Godunov, Sadko, Kashchei the Immortal, Mazepa, Iolanta, The Fiery Angel, Betrothal in a Monastery and Love for Three Oranges (Mariinsky Theatre productions, recorded by Philips Classics and NHK), Mazepa (Deutsche Grammophon), Il Trovatore (EMI, 2002), Falstaff (DGG, 2001) and Rusalka (TDK, 2002) as well as Brahms’s Two Spiritual Songs (Op. 91) for mezzo-soprano, viola and piano (conducted by Yuri Bashmet), Brahms's songs (BMG,1996), Borodin's songs (Chandos, 1993), Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 (conducted by Eno de Var, 1996) and Shostakovich’s cycle From Jewish Folk Poetry (RCA, 1995).

  • Roman Dyachkovsky
    Àlto 

    Roman Dyachkovsky was born in Saint Petersburg in 2000. Currently he studies at the Saint Petersburg Gavrilin Children’s School of the Arts. He is a member of the Cantabile Vocal Ensemble, was a prize-winner at the Youth of the Planet International Festival in 2010 and 2011 and won the Silver Orpheus International Competition in 2011. Roman is a soloist of the Artistico Vocal and Drama Studio, where he has performed the roles of D’Artagnan in the opera “D’Artagnan and the Three Musketeers” and Lel in the opera “The Snow Maiden”. In 2011 he made his debut at the Mariinsky Theatre as the Boy Genius in the opera “Die Zauberflöte”.

    At the Mariinsky Theatre he has performed such parts as: Tsarevich Fyodor (“Boris Godunov”), Mustardseed (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”), Gherardino (“Gianni Schicchi”), a Ghost (“Macbeth”), Trishka (“War and Peace”), Miles (“The Turn of the Screw”),

    Yniold (“Pelléas et Mélisande”). At the XX Stars of the White Nights International Music Festival he appeared in a performance of Alexander Raskatov’s “Three Angels Sang”. His repertoire also includes Neapolitan songs, opera arias, romances and songs by Russian and European composers.

  • Zhanna Dombrovskaya
    Soprano 

    Zhanna Dombrovskaya was born in Pyatigorsk. She graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (class of Professor Svetlana Gorenkova) and the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers in 2000. She was a soloist with the St Petersburg State Musorgsky Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (2001–2003). Zhanna Dombrovskaya has been a Mariinsky Theatre soloist since 2003. At the Mariinsky Theatre she performs such roles as Antonida (A Life for the Tsar), Lyudmila (Ruslan and Lyudmila), Iolanta (Iolanta), Volkhova (Sadko), Oxana (Christmas Eve), The Queen of Shemakha (The Golden Cockerel), Podtochina's daughter (The Nose), Sofia (Semyon Kotko), Adina (L'elisir d'amore), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Norina (Don Pasquale), Gilda (Rigoletto), Musetta (La bohème), Ascagne (Les Troyens), Micaëla (Carmen), Elettra (Idomeneo), Donna Elvira, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi, Despina (Così fan tutte), Freia (Das Rheingold in concert), Antonia, Giulietta, Olympia's Voice (Les contes d'Hoffmann) Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as well as soprano roles in Rachmaninoff’s vocal-symphonic poem The Bells, Pergolesi's and Rossini’s Stabat Mater. Her repertoire also includes: Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), Violetta (La traviata), Donna Anna, Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Concepción (L'Heure espagnole) and the soprano roles in Stravinsky's cantata Les Noces, Orff's Carmina Burana, Bach's Johannespassion, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Handel's Judas Maccabaeus.

    Zhanna Dombrovskaya has toured to New York (Metropolitan Opera), Rome, Madrid (Orquesta Philharmonic), Moscow (Bolshoi Theatre) and Baden-Baden as well as to cities throughout Germany, South Korea, Italy, Japan and Switzerland. She has taken part in master classes with Renata Scotto (Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome, 2004; Operatic Academy of Westchester Conservatoire, New York, 2005). She has a busy concert schedule of solo concerts in cities throughout Russia. In the 2009-2010 season she took part in a performance of The Infernal Comedy featuring John Malkovich.

  • Vladimir Felyauer
    Bass 

    Vladimir Felyauer graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire where he also completed his post-graduate studies (class of Prof. Nikolai Okhotnikov, People’s Artist of the USSR). In 2006 he joined the St Petersburg Chamber Opera Company. In the 2010-2011 season he became a Mariinsky Theatre soloist. The roles performed on the famous St. Petersburg’s stage include: Kochubei (Mazepa), Duda (Sadko), The Governor (Dead Souls), Narumov (The Queen of Spades), Attila (Attila), The King of Egypt (Aida), Count Rodolfo (La sonnambula in concert), Priam (Les Troyens in concert), Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Il Marchese di Calatrava (La forza del destino), Cesare Angelotti (Tosca), Titurel (Parsifal in concert), Traveler (Siegfried), bass parts in Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No.8, Handel’s oratorio The Messiah and Stravinsky’s Mass.

    The singer’s repertoire also includes the roles of Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Pimen (Boris Godunov), Mendoza (Betrothal in a Monastery), Colline (La boheme), Raimondo Bidebent (Lucia di Lammermoor), Sparafucile, Count Monterone (Rigoletto), Dr. Grenville (La Traviata), Simone (Gianni Schicchi), Peter I (Il falegname di Livonia, ossia Pietro il grande, Kzar delle Russie) and the bass parts in Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s Matthäus-Passion.

    In 2011 he appeared in performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in Ljubljana and Zagreb (conductor – Valery Gergiev). In the 2011–2012 season Vladimir Felyauer toured to Rotterdam, London, Cardiff and Birmingham together with the Mariinsky Opera Company.

  • Anastasia Kalagina
    Soprano 

    Anastasia Kalagina is a prize-winner of the International Vocalists’ Competition in China (2005), the V International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition (St Petersburg, 2002, 1st prize), recipient of the special Stanisław Moniuszko Prize at the International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocalists’ Competition (Warsaw, 2001).

    Anastasia Kalagina graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. In 1998 she joined the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers. Anastasia Kalagina has been a Mariinsky Theatre soloist since 2007.

    Among the parts that she performs at the Mariinsky Theatre we can named: The Snow Maiden (The Snow Maiden), Prilepa (The Queen of Spades), Ninetta (The Love for Three Oranges), Natasha (War and Peace), Louisa (Betrothal in a Monastery), Anyuta (The Story of a Real Man in concert), Lolita (Lolita in concert), Madame Cortese (Il viaggio a Reims), Adina (L'elisir d'amore in concert), Norina (Don Pasquale), Gilda (Rigoletto), Teresa (Benvenuto Cellini), Ilia (Idomeneo, re di Creta), Susanna, the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Antonia (Les contes d'Hoffman), Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande), and others. The singer’s concert repertoire includes the soprano parts in Mendelssohn's Elijah, Mahler’s Symphonies No. 2, No. 4, No. 8, Mozart's Requiem, Fauré's Requiem, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Dvořák's Stabat Mater and Orff’s Carmina Burana.

    Anastasia Kalagina has frequently toured throughout Europe and the USA as well as to Israel and Japan. In 2007 she appeared as the Snow Maiden at Carnegie Hall (New York). In 2008 she performed the solo in Henri Dutilleux’ Correspondances. The same year, she was awarded the Montblanc New Voices prize. In the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons she participated in the performance of The Infernal Comedy featuring John Malkovich.

  • Anna Kiknadze
    Mezzo-soprano 

    Anna Kiknadze was born in Tbilisi. She graduated from the Tbilisi State Saradzhishvili Conservatoire in 1999. In 1997 as a fourth-year student she was invited to join the Tbilisi Paliashvili Opera House, where her repertoire included Lyubasha (The Tsar’s Bride) and Carmen (Carmen). In 2001 she represented Georgia at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and was a finalist.

    Anna Kiknadze has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers since 2000. She joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 2009. At the Mariinsky Theatre she performs such roles as Laura (The Stone Guest), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Polina, Countess (The Queen of Spades), Korobochka (The Dead Souls), Antonio (Cleopatra), Marchesa Melibea (Il viaggio a Reims), Amneris (Aida), Meg Page, Mrs Quickly (Falstaff), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Carmen (Carmen), Dalila (Samson et Dalila),

    The Beautiful Dulcinee (Don Quichotte), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Grimgerde (Die Walküre), Flosshilde, First Norn (Götterdämerung), Klingsor’s Flower Maiden (Parsifal), Spirit (Dido and Aeneas), Dryad (Ariadne auf Naxos), Ježibaba (Antonín Dvořák's Rusalka), and others.

    She is a diploma-recipient of the I Republican Competition of Young Performers (Tbilisi, 1999) and the IV Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition (prize “For artistry and musicality”, St Petersburg, 2000), a prize-winner of the Operalia competition for young opera singers, established by Placido Domingo (Paris, 2002), and the International Moniuszko Competition (Warsaw, 2001). The singer has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company to the USA, Great Britain, Austria, Finland, Germany, Japan, Korea, Denmark, France and Brazil as well as performing as a guest soloist at various theatres in Sweden, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands.

  • Dmitry Koleushko
    Tenor 

    Dmitry Koleushko was born in Donetsk (Ukraine). Graduated from the Donetsk State Prokofiev Academy of Music Donetsk in 2006 (class of Prof. Gennady Kalikin). In 2003-2006 he solos with the Solovyanenko Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in Donetsk. Since 2006 he has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers.

    At the Mariinsky Theatre he performed such parts as: The First Guest (The Stone Guest), Strelets Chief (Khovanshchina), Master of Ceremonies (The Queen of Spades), The Prince (The Love for Three Oranges), The First Croupier (The Gambler), Pavlushka, Manilov’s Father, Priest, President of Chamber (The Dead Souls), Ivan Ivanovich (The Opera of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarrelled with Ivan Nikiforovich), Don Luigino (Il viaggio a Reims), Torquemada (L’Heure espagnole), Juan (Don Quichotte), The Orator, Monostasos (Die Zauberflöte), Hector (Das Stumme Waldmädchen), Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia, semistaged version), Scaramuccio, the Dancing Master (Ariadne auf Naxos), The Forester (Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka), Snout (A Midsummer Night's Dream), and others.

    His repertoire also includes: Lensky (Eugene Onegin), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Òàminî (Die Zauberflöte), Monsieur Vogelsang (Der Schauspieldirektor), Edward Milford (La cambiale di matrimonio), Lykov and Bomely (The Tsar’s Bride), Normanno, Arturo (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Ernesto (Don Pasquale).

    He has taken part in concerts by the Academy’s soloists with Larisa Gergieva in Russia (Moscow and Sochi) and abroad (Italy, France and Finland) as well as a festival commemorating two centuries since the birth of Nikolai Gogol, the Moscow Easter Festival and the Larisa Gergieva Invites festival (Vladikavkaz). Frequently performs in recital. Has taken part in contemporary music festivals in St Petersburg, including St Petersburg Spring and From the Avant-Garde to the Present Day. He has toured with the Mariinsky Opera to Germany, Finland and Norway.

  • Violetta Lukyanenko
    Soprano 

    Violetta Lukyanenko was born in Minsk. In 2003 she entered the St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy (course of A.V. Petrov, teacher - T.V. Groznova). She was invited to the Mariinsky Theatre to participate in the production of the operas Rusalka (Olga) and Faust (Marguerite).

    Violetta Lukyanenko works at the "Looking Glass" Children's Musical Theatre where she performs such parts as The Snow Maiden (Snow Maiden by Rimsky-Korsakov), Emma (Khovanshchina by Mussorgsky), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi by Puccini), Adina (L'elisir d'amore by Donizetti) Gerda (The Story of Kai and Gerda by Banevich), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte by Mozart), Micaëla (Carmen by Bizet), Musetta and Mimi (La boheme by Puccini), Bess (Porgy and Bess by Gershwin), Antonia (Les contes d'Hoffmann by Offenbach), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus by Strauss), Mary (West Side Story by Bernstein), Anastasia and Polenka (The Serf by Strelnikov).

  • Anna Markarova
    Soprano 

    Honoured Artist of Russia, Anna Markarova graduated from the Rostov State Rachmaninov Conservatoire (class of Prof. M.N. Khudoverdova). She trained at the Stuttgart Akademie under Prof. Ingeborg Wamser (Germany). She has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers since 2006; a soloist with the Mariinsky Opera Company since 2010. She has performed at the Mariinsky Theatre in such parts as: Princess Clarice (The Love for Three Oranges), Korobochka (Dead Souls in concert), Grusha the Gypsy (The Enchanted Wanderer), Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly), Aida (Aida), Leonora (La forza del destino), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), Prima Donna and Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos), and others.

    Her repertoire also includes: Liza (The Queen of Spades), Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), Yaroslavna (Prince Igor), Turandot (Turandot), Tosca (Tosca), Abigaille (Nabucco), Carmen (Carmen), Katerina Ismailova (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk).

    Anna Markarova is a recipient of the special prize “For the best performance of an aria by Mascagni” at the XVIII International Valsesia Musica Competition (Varallo, Italy, 2002), the 1st prize and special prize “For the best performance of a work by Rimsky-Korsakov” at the VII International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition (St Petersburg, 2006), the 1st prize at the All-Russian Schubert Competition (Moscow). She is a prize-winner of the VI International Elena Obraztsova Competition (St Petersburg, 2007).

    The singer’s concert repertoire includes the soprano roles in Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Orff’s cantata Carmina Burana.

    Anna Markarova has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company throughout Russia and abroad. Regularly performs at the Easter Festival and at the Stars of the White Nights music festival. She has appeared at Symphony Hall in Birmingham, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Philharmonic Hall in Dublin, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Gulbenkian Centre in Lisbon and in various towns throughout France, Spain, Switzerland, Finland and Austria.

    Under the baton of Valery Gergiev she has appeared at the Red Sea Festival in Israel as Marina Mnishek (Boris Godunov), Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana in concert) and Cassandre and Didon (Les Troyens). In December 2010 together with Ildar Abdrazakov she appeared in a recording of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Attila for the Mariinsky label (conducted by Valery Gergiev). In the 2011-2012 season together with the Mariinsky Opera Company she has taken part in festival in Mikkeli (Finland) and the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam (Netherlands).

  • Mikhail Makarov
    Tenor 

    Mikhail Makarov was born in the Republic of Komi. In 2001 he graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (class of M. Yegorov, Honoured Artist of Russia). He was a soloist with the Mikhailovsky Theatre. Mikhail Makarov has been a guest soloist with the Mariinsky Theatre since 2008. He joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 2012. At the Mariinsky Theatre he performs such roles as Finn (Ruslan and Lyudmila), Sadko (Sadko), Vakula (Christmas Eve), Nozdryov (Dead Souls), Mitya (The Brothers Karamazov), Arturo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Uldino (Attila), Messenger (Aida), High Priest and Arbace (Idomeneo). His repertoire also includes: Canio (I pagliacci), José (Carmen), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Gherman, Chekalinsky (The Queen of Spades), Vaudémont (Iolanta), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Lykov (The Tsar’s Bride), Vladimir Igorevich (Prince Igor), Alfredo (La traviata), Lensky (Eugene Onegin), the Pretender (Boris Godunov), Turiddu (Cavalleria rusticana), Antonio (The Duenna), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), tenor part (Mozart's Requiem), Mozart (Mozart and Salieri) and the Young Gypsy (Aleko).

    Mikhail Makarov is a prize-winner at All-Russian and Republican Competitions.

  • Alexei Markov
    Baritone 

    Alexei Markov was born in Vyborg. He was a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers (2001-2008). He joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 2008. Among the parts that he performs at the Mariinsky Theatre we can named: Andrei Shchelkalov (Boris Godunov), Gryaznoi (The Tsar’s Bride), Eugene Onegin (Eugene Onegin), Prince Yeletsky, Count Tomsky (The Queen of Spades), Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (War and Peace), Robert (Iolanta), Ivan (The Brothers Karamazov), Giorgio Germont (La traviata), Renato (Un ballo in maschera), Enrico Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor), Don Carlo (La forza del destino), Scarpia (Tosca)

    Chorèbe (Les Troyens). The singer is a prize-winner of the VI International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition (1st prize, St Petersburg, 2004), the Nadezhda Obukhova All-Russian Competition (2nd prize, Lipetsk, 2005), the International Elena Obraztsova Young Opera Singers’ Competition (1st prize, St Petersburg, 2005), the international Competizione dell’Opera (2nd prize, Dresden, 2006), the International Stanisław Moniuszko Competition (1st prize, Warsaw, 2007). Alexei Markov is a recipient of Russia’s Golden Mask theatre prize in the category “Best Male Role in Opera” for the role of Ivan Karamazov in the opera The Brothers Karamazov (2009) and a recipient of St Petersburg’s prestigious Golden Sofit theatre prize in the category “Best Male Role in Musical Theatre” for the role of Robert in the opera Iolanta (2009).

    Alexei Markov has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company to the Deutsche Oper (Berlin), the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall (New York), the Barbican Hall (London), the Kennedy Center (Washington) and the Suntory Hall (Tokyo) in addition to appearances at festivals in Rotterdam (the Netherlands), Mikkeli (Finland), Eilat (Israel) and Baden-Baden (Germany). During 2006-2008 he appeared as a guest soloist at the Oper Frankfurt (Tomsky in The Queen of Spades and Scarpia in Tosca), Dresden’s Semperoper (Iago in Otello) and the Oper Graz in Austria (Renato in Un ballo in maschera). In 2007 Alexei Markov made a highly successful debut at the Metropolitan Opera (New York) as Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (War and Peace), where he has subsequently appeared as Count Tomsky (The Queen of Spades), Andrei Shchelkalov (Boris Godunov) and Marcello (La boheme). Between 2008 and 2011 he performed the roles of Eugene Onegin at the festival in La Coruña (Spain) and opera houses in Zurich (Switzerland), Lyon (France) and Monte Carlo (Monaco), Gryaznoi (The Tsar’s Bride) at Carnegie Hall with the New York Symphony Orchestra, the Conte di Luna (Il Trovatore) at the Opèra National de Bordeaux (France) and Robert at the Salzburg Festival (Austria). In the 2011-2012 season Alexei Markov took part in a new production of the opera as Fyodor Poyarok in The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia at the Nederlandse Opera (Amsterdam), and as Robert in a new production of the opera Iolanta at the Teatro Real (Madrid).

  • Alexander Maskalin
    Narrator 

    Alexander Maskalin graduated from the Drama Department of the Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinematography (1998 studying under T. M. Abrosimova). He has worked at the Youth Theatre on the Fontanka, the Ostrov Theatre and the Baltic House Theatre, where he performed the roles of Romeo (“Romeo and Juliet”), Sebastian (“Twelfth Night”), the title role in “Hamlet” and Lensky (“Eugene Onegin”) among many others. He is a recipient of the Kinoshock prize. At the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers he teaches stage diction and acting. He has mounted partially staged productions of the operas “The Stone Guest” and “Maddalena”, and he has also staged productions of “May Night”, “The Marriage”, “How Ivan Ivanovich Quarrelled with Ivan Nikiforovich”, and Antonín Dvořák’s “Rusalka” for the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. He has staged the opera “Manon Lescaut” at the Vladikavkaz Theatre of Opera and Ballet.

  • Yulia Matochkina
    Mezzo-soprano 

    Yulia Matochkina was born in Mirny (Arkhangelsk Region). In 2004 she graduated from the Arkhangelsk Regional School of Music, conducting and choral department. In 2009 she graduated from the vocal faculty of the Petrozavodsk Glazunov State Conservatoire (class of V.A. Gladchenko). Since 2008 she has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers. Her repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes: Tsarevich Fyodor (Boris Godunov), Ganna (May Night), Nicoletta (The Love for Three Oranges), The Gipsy Matryosha, Adjutant to Marshal Murat, Sonya (War and Peace), Storchenko’s Brunette Sister, Peasant Woman (Shponka and His Aunt), The Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Rossweisse (Die Walküre), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), The Third Servant (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Hermia (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Nicklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann).

    She is a prize-winner of the All-Russian Competition Young Talents of Russia (Moscow, 2008), the IV International Orpheus Young Singers’ Competition (Volgograd, 2007, 2nd prize), the V All-Russian Nadezhda Obukhova Young Opera Singers’ Competition (Lipetsk, 2010).

    Together with the Mariinsky Opera Company she has toured throughout Russia as well as to Austria, Finland, Sweden, the UK, France and Japan.

  • Denis Matsuev
    Piano 

    Denis Matsuev is a magnificent pianist welcomed in the best world concert halls and orchestras, he is a public person with solid citizenship, a manager of key music festivals all over Russia, the president of the charity fund “New Names”, the artistic director of the Rachmaninoff Fund, an honoured professor of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, a member of the Presidential Council for Culture and Art, the head of the Public Council of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

    Denis Matsuev became a fast-rising star after his triumphant win at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1988. Today his engagements are booked up several years in advance. The musician is equally attentive to elite international projects as well as educational concerts in the Russian regions.

    Denis Matsuev has collaborated with the New-York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony and the London Philharmonic orchestras, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the La Scala Theater Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and many more.

    Denis Matsuev has close creative contacts with leading conductors, including Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Fedoseev, Mikhail Pletnev, Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Spivakov, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, Paavo Jarvi, Semyon Bychkov, Ivan Fischer, Gianandrea Noseda, Myung-whun Chung, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and others.

    Denis Matsuev is a welcome guest at world-famous festivals such as the Edinburgh International Festival, Festspielhaus (Baden-Baden), Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, the Ravinia Festival (Chicago), the Hollywood Bowl, the Stars of White Nights (St. Petersburg), and others. Among the main events of next seasons are his tours with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur and Yuri Temirkanov, with the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev in USA and Japan, his performance with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra with Krzysztof Urbanski, the Philadelphia Orchestra with Gianandrea Noseda, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Manfred Honeck, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra with Mikhail Pletnev, with the well-known orchestras of Europe – Concertgebouw under by Mariss Jansons, London Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, Santa Cecilia National Academy Orchestra with Yuri Temirkanov, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra with Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

    Since 1995 Denis Matsuev has been a soloist in the Moscow Philharmonic Hall. Since 2004 he has organized there his personal annual subscription “Soloist Denis Matsuev” where he invites best Russian and foreign music groups. The cost of this subscription is traditionally affordable for any music lover. Among the participants of the subscription concerts there were the Arturo Toscanini Symphony orchestra and L. Maazel, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and V.A. Gergiev, the Florentine Maggio Musicale and Z. Mehta, twice there was the Russian National orchestra conducting by of M.V. Pletnev and S. Bychkov and V.T.Spivakov both as soloist and conductor of the National Philharmonic of Russia.

    For many years the musician has taken an active role in the development and promotion of the best traditions of the Russian school, clearly understanding the incredible importance and necessity of supposing education and development. Since 2004 he has with great success lead the Stars on Baikal festival in his hometown of Irkutsk (in 2009 he was named the Honoured Son of Irkutsk), and since 2005 he has been the creative director of the Crescendo music festival whose programme have been widely acclaimed in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Pskov, Tel-Aviv, Paris, and New York. In 2010, in honour of the Year of Russia and France, Denis Matsuev took up an invitation from French colleagues and became one of the directors of the Ansi art festival. In 2012 Denis Matsuev became the artistic director of Astana Piano Passion Festival.

    Denis Matsuev collaborates with the recording company BMG. Their first mutual project – the solo album “Tribute to Horowitz” – received the award RECORD-2005 then followed by RECORD-2006. Sony Music recorded a CD “Denis Matsuev. Concert at Carnegie Hall” presenting the concerts maestro gave on the famous stage in 2007.

    There is a special story about the Rachmaninoff music that the pianist loves and plays often. In spring 2007 the album “Unknown Rachamaninoff” came out, a unique record of the composer’s works played on his grand piano in his house Villa Senar in Lucerne. In March 2010 Denis Matsuev, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra recorded compositions of S.V. Rachmaninoff on the new Mariinsky label. In 2011 the musician issued a “List” album called «Matsuev. Liszt» recorded in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory together with the Russian National orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev (Sony Music). In April 2013 Denis Matsuev, Alan Gilbert and New York Philharmonic Orchestra presented a new disk with S. Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #2 and G. Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (Sony Music).

    Denis Matsuev was awarded the titles of the Honoured Artist of Russia (2006) and the People's Artist of Russia (2011). One of his most notable achievements was the awarding of one of the world’s most prestigious musical prizes – the Dmitry Shostakovich Prize (2010). By presidential decree in June of the same year, Denis Matsuev won the State Prize of the Russian Federation in literature and art.

  • Marina Mishuk
    Concert Mistress 

    Ìàrina Mishuk is the Honoured Artist of Russia, a winner of diplomas at All-Union Glinka Competition (Vilnius, 1971) and International Competition (Paris, 1976). She graduated from the Leningrad Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatoire. Since 1978 she has worked at the Mariinsky Theatre. As a pianist she has been directly involved with most of the theatre's premieres during those years. One of her most important tasks was to train the soloists for one of the Mariinsky's major operatic projects: Richard Wagner's tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen. Marina Mishuk takes part in all the theatre's Wagnerian productions. Other Wagner operas that Marina Mishuk has helped to stage are: Lohengrin, Parsifal, Der Fliegende Hollander and Tristan und Isolde.

    Ìàrina Mishuk has also taken part in the preparations for premieres of operas by Donizetti, Verdi, Mozart, Richard Strauss, and many other foreign and Russian composers, when Valery Gergiev has been the Musical Director. In addition to her work with opera singers, Marina Mishuk is also commissioned by various theatres to translate librettos. One of her last such projects was Puccini's opera Gianni Schicchi, the premiere of which – in Russian – took place at the Mariinsky Theatre's Concert Hall in June 2008.

    Ìàrina Mishuk has a busy concert schedule. She has been the accompanist in concerts by Sergey Leiferkus, Vasily Gerello, Anna Netrebko, Mikhail Petrenko, and many other stars of the operatic stage. She has recorded more than ten CDs of romances by Russian composers with Konstantin Pluzhnikov. Marina Mishuk has toured with the Mariinsky Theatre in many European countries, in the USA, Japan and Korea.

    She was awarded the Ìådal of the Order "For Services to the Fatherland", 2nd Degree (2008).

  • Natalia Mordashova
    Concert Mistress 

    Natalia Mordashova received her musical education at the Leningrad State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. For fifteen years she was employed by the Kuybyshev Opera and Ballet Theatre. She has worked at the Mariinsky Theatre since 1993. As principal accompanist she has participated in the preparation of productions including The Tale of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Le Rossignol, Don Giovanni, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Così fan tutte, Samson et Dalila, Rigoletto, Il tabarro, Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, A Life for the Tsar, Benvenuto Cellini, Maddalena, L'Heure espagnole, Les Troyens, Pelléas et Mélisande and Faust.

    Natalia Mordashova was a recipient of the Golden Sofit, St Petersburg’s most prestigious theatre prize, in the 2009-10 season “For the musical culture of opera Les Troyens by Berlioz”.

    She has also taken part in the preparation of international productions by the Mariinsky Theatre including Maddalena (Rome, 1997), Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Salzburg, 2001) and St John Passion (Warsaw and Stuttgart). She has appeared in concerts with Russian and foreign soloists in Russia and abroad. She has appeared as an accompanist at numerous Russian and international competitions. She has toured extensively with the Mariinsky Opera Company to Europe, the USA, Japan and China.

  • René Pape
    Bass 

    René Pape, one of the leading international basses of the younger generation, received his musical education in his home city of Dresden. He made his debut while still a student in 1988 at the Berliner Staatsoper and has been a member of this company ever since. There, René Pape has performed the main roles of his repertoire, among them Rocco, King Marke, King Heinrich, Pogner, Fasolt, Hunding, Sarastro, Figaro, Leporello and Don Giovanni, all in new productions conducted by Daniel Barenboim. He also sang as Ramphis in Aida under Zubin Mehta, Filippo II in Don Carlo and in new productions of Parsifal (Gurnemanz) and Boris Godunov (title role, conducted by Daniel Barenboim). It was from Berlin that René Pape developed his impressive worldwide career.

    René Pape has appeared at all the major opera houses of Europe, Japan (tours with New York’s Metropolitan Opera and the Berliner Staatsoper) and the USA. Since his successful debut René Pape has been a welcome regular guest

    artist of the Metropolitan Opera New York with commitments reaching up to 2016-2017. Under James Levine he has appeared in new productions of Tristan und Isolde (King Marke), Fidelio (Rocco), Don Giovanni (Leporello) and Faust (Mephisto) as well as revivals of Lohengrin (King Heinrich) and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Pogner). Under Valery Gergiev he sang his first Gurnemanz in Parsifal. At the Lyric Opera of Chicago he performed Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Pogner) under Christian Thielemann, Tristan und Isolde (King Marke under Semyon Bychkov) and Fidelio (Rocco under Christoph von Dohnányi), returning in 2009-2010 as Mephisto in Faust. He has appeared at the San Francisco Opera and Los Angeles Opera as well as at festivals in Bayreuth, Glyndebourne, Lucerne, the Staatsoper in Munich, Orange, St Petersburg (Stars of the White Nights), Salzburg and Verbier.

    Equally at home on the concert platform, René Pape has appeared at all of the world’s all major concert venues, taking him to Tokyo, Madrid, London, Florence (Maggio musicale fiorentino), Rome, New York (the New York Philharmonic under Sir Colin Davis in Verdi’s Requiem and under Lorin Maazel and Kurt Masur in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9) Chicago (the Chicago Symphony under Sir Georg Solti and Daniel Barenboim), Paris (the Orchestre de Paris under Daniel Barenboim and Semyon Bychkov), Cleveland (the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst), Philadelphia (the Philadelphia Orchestra under Wolfgang Sawallisch), the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bayerische Staatsoper (under Zubin Mehta), the Munich Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony (under James Levine) and also at the Lucerne Festival (King Marke in Tristan und Isolde, Act II under Claudio Abbado).

    René Pape has won two Grammy awards and Vocalist of the Year 2002 from Musical America magazine. January 2007, "Opera News Award", New York. "MET Meistersinger" honored by the Metropolitan Opera Guild in October 2010.

    He has made TV appearances, recordings and DVDs for labels including BMG, EMI, DGG and TELDEC under such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Sir Colin Davis, James Levine, Sir Georg Solti and Antonio Pappano.

    He appeared in a television portrait for ARTE and other German broadcasting companies. Film credits include Sarastro and the Narrator in The Magic Flute (2009), directed by Kenneth Branagh. Solo-CD "Gods, Kings & Demons", Staatskapelle Dresden and a Wagner-CD, Staatskapelle Berlin under Daniel Barenboim was released in 2011 for DGG.

  • Tatiana Pavlovskaya
    Soprano 

    Honoured Artist of Russia, Tatiana Pavlovskaya was born in Murmansk. She graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire and completed a post-graduate study and assistantship there (class of Prof. Tamara Novichenko).

    Tatiana Pavlovskaya made her Mariinsky Theatre debut in 1994 as Tatiana (Eugene Onegin). At the same time she became a prize-winner of the International Pechkovsky Young Opera Singers’ Competition (St Petersburg, 1994) and the International Young Singers’ Competition in Wrocław (Poland, 1994).

    Her repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes: Gorislava (Ruslan and Lyudmila), Tamara (The Demon), Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), Liza (The Queen of Spades), Maria (Mazepa), Kupava (The Snow Maiden), Volkhova (Sadko), Natasha Rostova (War and Peace), Desdemona (Otello), Rosina (Le nozze di Figaro), Elvira (Don Giovanni), Elsa (Lohengrin), Klingsor’s Flower Maidens (Parsifal), The Governess (The Turn of the Screw), Jenůfa (Jenůfa), and others.

    Tatiana Pavlovskaya has performed at the world’s leading opera venues, among them the Metropolitan Opera (New York), the San Francisco Opera, the Washington Opera, La Scala (Milan), the Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Carnegie Hall (New York), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and the Bayerische Staatsoper in addition to appearances at international festivals in Ravenna, Salzburg, Baden-Baden, Cincinnati, Glyndebourne and Cagliari (Italy). She also took part in a gala concert at Buckingham Palace together with Plácido Domingo and the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

    Tatiana Pavlovskaya currently appears together with many internationally acclaimed ensembles including the Philharmonic Orchestras of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Munich, Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, the Moscow Virtuosi chamber ensemble, the WDR Symphonieorchester, the Radio France’s Orchestre Symphonique and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Brazil. She has performed under such outstanding conductors of the present day as Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Temirkanov, Semyon Bychkov, Mikhail Pletnev, Heinz Fricke, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Ion Marin and James Conlon. In the 2009-2010 season she took part in a performance of The Infernal Comedy starring John Malkovich.

    Tatiana Pavlovskaya is represented by major recording companies including Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, DECCA, Dallas Records, OEHMS Classics, ArtHaus Musik, the Mariinsky label and Glyndebourne. For her stage work, Tatiana Pavlovskaya has been nominated for prestigious international prizes including a Grammy (2001, for the role of Sofia in Sergei Prokofiev’s opera Semyon Kotko) and a BBC Music Magazine Award (2011, for the role of the Foreign Princess in Antonín Dvořák’s opera Rusalka.)

  • Andrei Popov
    Tenor 

    The charismatic singer Andrei Popov is an unsurpassed performer of character roles. He has a flexible voice, perfect technique, real talent for acting. He is a recipient of a special prize for performing a contemporary work at the International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition (St Petersburg 1994).

    Andrei Popov graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (class of L. N. Morozov). He trained at the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers (class of G. Khanedanian), joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 2007. His repertoire includes such parts as: Mime (Das Rheingold and Siegfried), Smerdyakov, Devil (The Brothers Karamazov), Prince (The Enchanted Wanderer), Nero (The Mystery of Paul the Apostle), The Simpleton (Boris Godunov), Astrologer (The Golden Cockerel), Distiller (May Night), Bakula (The Snow Maiden), Kashchei the Immortal (Kashchei the Immortal), Prince Nilsky (The Gambler), District Inspector (The Nose), Truffaldino (The Love for Three Oranges), Selifan (Dead souls), Shabby Peasant (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), Iopas (Les Troyens), Don Basilio, Don Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro), Monostasos (Die Zauberflöte), and others.

    Andrei Popov has appeared at the Mariinsky Theatre’s festival in Mikkeli (Finland) and the Golden Mask festival (Moscow), performing in the opera May Night under Mikhail Pletnev. In 2010 he performed the role of the District Inspector in Dmitry Shostakovich’s opera The Nose at the Metropolitan Opera. Together with the Mariinsky Opera Company he has toured to London, New York, Washington, Stockholm, Beijing, Tokyo, Helsinki, Brussels, Baden-Baden, Valencia, Paris, Tel-Aviv, Eilat, Las Palmas, Birmingham and Cardiff.

  • Sergei Romanov
    Baritone 

    Sergei Romanov was born in Leningrad. He graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in 2000 (class of N.N. Alexeyev). Since 1999 he has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers, since 2008 - with the Mariinsky Opera Company. At the Mariinsky Theatre he has performed the following parts: Shchelkalov (Boris Godunov)

    Eugene Onegin (Eugene Onegin), General Belliard, Jacqueau (War and Peace), Chichikov (Dead Souls), Humbert Humbert (Lolita in concert), Pan Vrublevsky (The Brothers Karamazov), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Robert (Iolanta), Silvio (I pagliacci), Marullo (Rigoletto), Germont, Baron Duphol (La Traviata), Silvano (Un ballo in maschera), Marcello (La Bohème), Ramiro (L’Heure espagnole), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Jaroslav Prus (The Makropulos Affair), and others.

    Sergei Romanov frequently gives recitals. He has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company to towns and cities throughout Russia and to Finland, Spain, the UK, Sweden and Japan.

  • Yekaterina Semenchuk
    Mezzo-soprano 

    Yekaterina Semenchuk is one of the most sought-after young mezzo-sopranos in the world. She performs at the Mariinsky Theatre, works with renowned conductors and theatres. Yekaterina Semenchuk graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (class of Ye. Gorokhovskaya). She became a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers in 1999. In 2001 she was a finalist at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Yekaterina Semenchuk joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 2007. She is a prize-winner of the International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition (1st prize, St Petersburg, 2000), the I International Elena Obraztsova Young Opera Singers’ Competition (Hope prize and prize for best performance of a work by a contemporary composer; St Petersburg, 1999), the All-Russian Nadezhda Obukhova Competition (1st prize), finalist and recipient of the Special Prize at the Plácido Domingo Competition in Los Angeles (2000). The singer is the Honoured Artist of the Republic of Northern Ossetia-Alania.

    At the Mariinsky Theatre she takes parts of: Laura (The Stone Guest), Marina Mnishek (Boris Godunov), Konchakovna (Prince Igor), Ganna (May Night), Lel (The Snow Maiden), Young Boy (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Polina, Milovzor (The Queen of Spades), Blanche (The Gambler), Sonya (War and Peace), Antonio (Cleopatra), Fenena (Nabucco), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Princess Eboli (Don Carlo), Amneris (Aida), Preziosilla (La forza del destino), Carmen (Carmen), The Muse, Nicklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust) and Didon (Les Troyens).

    The singer’s repertoire also includes the roles of Annio (La clemenza di Tito), Charlotte (Werther) and Ascanio (Benvenuto Cellini) in addition to the mezzo-soprano parts in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Mozart’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Berlioz’s cantata La Mort de Cléopâtre and dramatic symphony Roméo et Juliette, Mahler’s Second and Third Symphonies, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky cantata, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Gubaidulina’s Hour of the Soul concerto for percussion, mezzo-soprano and symphony orchestra, the vocal series Songs and Dances of Death by Musorgsky, Shostakovich’s From Jewish Folk Poetry, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été.

    Yekaterina Semenchuk has collaborated with such outstanding conductors of the present day as Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Seiji Osawa, Mikhail Jurowski, Eliahu Inbal, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Barenboim, Yves Abel, Marin Alsop, Leonard Slatkin, Antonello Allemandi and Myung Whun-Chung. Together with the Mariinsky Opera Company she has toured to China, Great Britain, Germany (Baden-Baden Festspiele, Berlin’s Deutsche Oper), Austria (Salzburg Festival), Italy (La Scala), Spain (Teatro Real), Switzerland, the USA (Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center) and France (Théâtre du Châtelet) and Israel.

    In 2005 Yekaterina Semenchuk performed at the wedding of HRH Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla Parker-Bowles.

  • Sergei Semishkur
    Tenor 

    Sergei Semishkur is a prize-winner of the International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition (St Petersburg, 2006), the International Lisitsian Competition (Vladikavkaz, 2003), diploma recipient and winner of special award at the International Elena Obraztsova Competition (Moscow, 2005). Today the singer takes part in many performances of the Mariinsky Theatre, performs on the best stages in the world.

    Sergei Semishkur was born in Vyatka (Kirov). In 2003 he graduated from the Nizhny Novgorod State Glinka Conservatoire (faculty of choral conducting and classical singing). The same year he joined the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers. Since 2007 he has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Opera Company. Among the parts that he performs at the Mariinsky Theatre we can name: Vladimir Igorevich (Prince Igor), Kochkarev (The Marriage), The Pretender (Boris Godunov), Lykov (The Tsar’s Bride), Guidon (The Tale of Tsar Saltan), Lensky (Eugene Onegin), Vaudemont (Iolanta), Vakula the Smith (Christmas Eve), Young Gypsy (Aleko in concert), Truffaldino (The Love for Three Oranges), Genaro (Maddalena in concert), The Nose (The Nose), Oedipus (Oedipus Rex in concert), Edgardo and Arturo Bucklaw (Lucia di Lammermoor), Foresto (Attila), Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), Alfredo Germont (La traviata), Cassio (Otello), Rodolfo (La Bohème), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Benvenuto Cellini (Benvenuto Cellini), Énée (Les Troyens), Hoffmann (Les contes d'Hoffmann), The Helmsman (Der Fleigende Holländer), Froh (Das Rheingold), Števa (Jenůfa), Albert Gregor (The Makropulos Affair) and Edrisi (Król Roger).

    The singer’s repertoire also includes the roles of Charles VII (The Maid of Orleans), Fenton (Falstaff), Ubaldo (Armida and Rinaldo), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Faust (Mefistofele), the tenor parts in Requiems by Mozart, Verdi and Berlioz, Haydn’s oratorio The Seasons and Nelson Mass, Schubert’s Mass in G Major, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, Rachmaninov’s The Bells and Stravinsky’s Les Noces.

    Sergei Semishkur has taken part in various opera festivals around the world including festivals in Savonlinna and Mikkeli (Finland), the Salzburg Festival (Austria), the Edinburgh Festival (Scotland) and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat (Israel).

    The singer frequently performs on tour, appearing at the world’s most prestigious concert venues, among them Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Millennium Centre in Cardiff, the Barbican Hall in London, the Royal Opera House in Stockholm, the Opera Bastille in Paris, the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Deutsche Oper in Berlin.

    In 2006 Sergei Semishkur participated in the opera La Bohème at the Opera House in Warsaw, performing the role of Rodolfo. In 2007 the singer began to collaborate with the Salzburg Festival where he took part in a production of the opera Benvenuto Cellini, performing the title role.

    During the 2009-2010 season, Sergei Semishkur took part in performances of Verdi’s Requiem with Bryn Terfel and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in Cardiff and with René Pape and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra in Munich (conducted by Valery Gergiev). In 2010 Sergei Semishkur performed in a recording of the opera The Nose by the Mariinsky Theatre which received a Grammy nomination.

    The singer’s discography includes recordings of the operas Oedipus Rex (Oedipus Rex), The Nose (the Nose) and Das Rheingold (Froh) as well as Berlioz’s Requiem and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, which was recorded together with the London Symphony Orchestra.

  • Oxana Shilova
    Soprano 

    In 2000 Oxana Shilova graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, having become a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers in 1999. She joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 2007. She has performed at the famous St. Petersburg stage such parts as Ludmila (Ruslan and Ludmila), Swan Princess (The Tale of Tsar Saltan), Tsarevna of Wondrous Beauty (Kashchei the Deathless, in concert), Golden Cockerel (The Golden Cockerel), Louisa (Betrothal in a Monastery), Madame Cortese (Il viaggio a Reims), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Mrs Alice Ford (Falstaff), Ascagne (Les Troyens), Ilia (Idomeneo, re di Creta), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Despina (Così fan tutte), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Klingsor’s Flower Maiden (Parsifal), Naiad (Ariadne auf Naxos), Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), and others. The singer’s repertoire also includes the roles of Prilepa (The Queen of Spades), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Lucrezia (I due Foscari), Gilda (Rigoletto) and Violetta (La Traviata).

    She is a prize-winner of the V International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singer’s Competition in St Petersburg (2002), the International Opera Singers’ Competition in Geneva (2nd prize and special prize for best performance of a French work, 2003), the III International Elena Obraztsova Competition (1st prize, 2003), the Stanislaw Moniuszko International Competition in Warsaw (1st prize, 2007).

    Oxana Shilova has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company throughout Russia and abroad, also performing recitals with Larisa Gergieva in Belgium, Finland, the USA, France and Great Britain. She took part in a production of Shostakovich’s operetta Moscow, Cheryomushki at the Opéra de Lyon, in 2006 she sang the role of Lucrezia (Lucrezia Borgia) at De Nederlandse Opera and in the 2008-2009 season she appeared in a new production of Rossini’s opera Il viaggio a Reims, performing the role of Madame Cortese (Reims, Montpelier, Avignon, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Marseilles).

  • Oleg Sychov
    Bass 

    Oleg Sychov was born in Kharkov. He trained at the Kharkov Institute of the Arts (solo singing class of Prof. Taisia Madysheva). In 2000 he graduated from the faculty of solo singing at the National Academy of Music of Ukraine (class of Prof. Viktor Kurin), where in 2008 he also completed his postgraduate studies (class of Prof. Alexander Vostryakov). From 2000 to 2002 he was a soloist with the National Philharmonic of Ukraine. From 2002 to 2008 he was a soloist with the National Opera of Ukraine. In 2010 he made his Mariinsky Theatre debut as the Apostle Paul in Nikolai Karetnikov’s opera The Mystery of the Apostle Paul. In the 2010-2011 season he joined the Mariinsky Opera Company, performing the following parts: Nikitich and Bailiff (Boris Godunov) 1st Strelets (Khovanshina), Skula (Prince Igor), Orlik (Mazepa), Baron Wurmerhelm (The Gambler), Faust (The Fiery Angel), Sobakevich, Bearded Man (Dead Souls), The Apostle Paul (The Mystery of the Apostle Paul), Doctor Grenvil (La traviata), Pope Leone (Attila), The Assassin (Macbeth), The Commissioner (Madama Butterfly), Alcalde (La forza del destino), Hector’s Shadow (Les Troyens), Zuniga (Carmen), Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Mechanic (Věc Makropulos), Arkel (Pelléas et Mélisande), Luther, Crespel (Les Contes d’Hoffmann).

    His repertoire also includes: Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Ramfis (Aida), Banco (Macbeth), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Timur (Turandot), Colline, Benoît (La Bohème), Konchak (Prince Igor), Orlik (Mazepa), Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Surin, Narumov (The Queen of Spades), Pimen, Varlaam (Boris Godunov), Sobakin, Malyuta Skuratov (The Tsar’s Bride), the Old Gypsy (Aleko), Dolokhov, Balaga (War and Peace), the Old Convict (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) and the bass part in Verdi’s Requiem.

    He has toured to Germany, France, the Netherlands, Japan, Poland and Belgium. He has appeared at music festivals in Oberammergau and Sankt Blasien in Germany.

  • Yevgeny Ulanov
    Baritone 

    Yevgeny Ulanov was born in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). He graduated from the Moscow State Gnesins Academy in 1991 (class of Professor Eizen). He trained in Italy in 1989 under Professor Mariotti. During 1990-1992 he participated in concerts and festivals as part of the New Names programme. Yevgeny Ulanov has been a soloist with the St Petersburg Chamber Opera Company since 1994. Since 1997 he has collaborated with the St Petersburg Chamber Chorus, directed by Nikolai Kornev. In 1999 Yevgeny Ulanov was invited by the Mariinsky Theatre to perform the role of Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), and in 2000 he became a Mariinsky Theatre soloist. He performs at the Mariinsky Theatre such roles as: A Lutheran Pastor (Khovanshina), Mr Astley, Unlucky Gambler (The Gambler), Ruprecht (The Fiery Angel), Don Carlos (Betrothal in a Monastery), Denisov, Metivier, Jacqueau, General Belliard (War and Pease), Landowner Mussyalevich (The Brothers Karamazov), Police Master (Dead souls), Marcello (La bohème), Cesare Angelotti (Tosca), Escamillo and Moralès (Carmen), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Guglielmo (Cosí fan tutte), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Donner (Das Rheingold), Messenger of the Spirits (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande), and others. The singer's repertoire also includes the roles of Eugene Onegin (Eugene Onegin), Yeletsky (The Queen of Spades), Andrei Shchelkalov (Boris Godunov), Amonasro (Aida) and the baritone parts in oratorios by Bach, Haendel and Donizetti.

    Yevgeny Ulanov is a prize-winner of the International Competition (1999), a recipient of St Petersburg’s prestigious Golden Sofit theatre prize for the role of Golaud in the opera Pelléas et Mélisande (“Best Male Role in Opera”, 2012), a recipient of a prize from the St Petersburg Theatre-Goer Audience Society in the category “Best Performer” for the role of Golaud in Claude Debussy’s opera Pelléas et Mélisande (2012).

    Yevgeny Ulanov sang in the Russian premieres of Donizetti’s Messa di Requiem and Händel’s oratorio The Passion of Christ. He has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company to Baden-Baden, Berlin, Brussels, Vienna, London and cities throughout Germany, Japan, Spain and Australia. He has given concerts in Moscow, Paris and Vienna and in towns and cities in Finland, the USA, Denmark, Sweden and Italy. In 2006 he toured the Netherlands, appearing as Don Giovanni in Mozart’s opera of the same name.

  • Edem Umerov
    Baritone 

    Edem Umerov was born in Samarkand. In 1991 he graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (classes of Professors Steblyanko, Okhotnikov and Zastavny). Lead soloist with the St Petersburg Chamber Opera Company from 1992. Joined the Mariinsky opera Company in 1998. His repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes: Boris Godunov, Rangoni, Mityukha (Boris Godunov), Shaklovity (Khovanshchina), Mazepa (Mazepa), Prince Kurlyatev, Ivan Zhuran (The Enchantress), Grigory Gryaznoi (The Tsar’s Bride), Aleko (Aleko), Tonio (I pagliacci), Nabucco (Nabucco), Ezio (Attila), Macbeth (Macbeth), Rigoletto (Rigoletto), Amonasro (Aida), John Falstaff (Falstaff), Scarpia (Tosca), Telramund (Lohengrin), Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde), Alberich (Das Rheingold, Siegfried), Alberich, Gunther (Götterdämmerung), The High Priest (Samson et Dalila), Jokanaan (Salome), Barak (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Klingsor (Parsifal), Duke Bluebeard (Duke Bluebeard's Castle), Roger (Król Roger), and others. The singer’s repertoire also includes the roles of Eugene Onegin (Eugene Onegin), Columbus (Alexander Smelkov’s Fifth Journey of Christopher Columbus) and Geronimo (Il matrimonio segreto). Together with the Mariinsky Opera Company he has toured to Great Britain (the Real Opera House, Covent Garden), Italy (La Scala, Ravenna Festival), Spain (the Teatro Real), Germany (Baden-Baden) and Israel.

  • Sasha Waltz
    Choreographer 

    Sasha Waltz was born in Karlsruhe, Germany. She studied dance and choreography in Amsterdam and New York. In 1993 she co-founded her company, Sasha Waltz & Guests, with Jochen Sandig in Berlin. In 1996 she opened the critically acclaimed Sophiensaele, a theatre she co-founded with Sandig. In 2000, Waltz was named one of the artistic directors of Berlin’s Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz where – amongst others– she created the pieces Körper, S and noBody as well as the choreographic installation Insideout.

    In 2005 Sasha Waltz & Guests once again became an independent company, with Jochen Sandig as artistic director. In January 2005 her first opera-choreography Dido & Aeneas had its world premiere at Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin. In 2007 Sasha Waltz presented, among other works, two music-theatre choreographies: Medea with music by Pascal Dusapin and text by Heiner Müller had its World Première in Luxemburg in May as a feature of the European Culture Capital City 2007. In addition the Opéra de Paris in October 2007 presented the choreography by Sasha Waltz to Hector Berlioz’ dramatic symphony Roméo et Juliette.

    The music-based choreographic project Jagden und Formen (Zustand 2008), music by Wolfgang Rihm, developed together with the Ensemble Modern was premiered in Frankfurt am Main in the spring of 2008. In March 2009 Sasha Waltz & Guests presented the project Dialoge 09 – Neues Museum in the New Museum in Berlin, reconstructed by David Chipperfield. In 2009 Sasha Waltz received an artist’s grant for Villa Massimo im Rome. Dialoge 09 – MAXXI by Sasha Waltz inaugurated Rome’s new museum for contemporary art, built by Zaha Hadid, in November 2009.

    In 2010 her choreography Continu was premiered in Zurich, Switzerland, followed by her next choreographic opera Passion composed by Pascal Dusapin at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris. In May 2011 the opera Matsukaze by Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa with choreography by Sasha Waltz premièred at the Oper La Monnaie in Brussels. In January 2012 the new choreographic concert Gefaltet by Sasha Waltz and Mark Andre was presented as a world premiere in the context of the festival Mozartweek by Stiftung Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

    In May 2012 she was invited by the Berliner Philharmoniker to choreograph the dance project MusikTANZ Carmen for their Education programme, with over 100 School pupils performing to Rodion Shchedrin's Carmen Suite. In 2013 Sasha Waltz became one of the authors of the choreographic version of The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky (co-production by Sasha Waltz & Guests and the Mariinsky Ballet).

    Sasha Waltz was awarded the Caroline-Neuber-Preis as well as the French cultural fraternity Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2010. Her latest honour had been the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2011.

  • Vladimir Vaneyev
    Bass 

    Vladimir Vaneyev is the People's Artist of Russia and a Recipient of the State Prize of Russia. He graduated from the Gorky State Conservatoire in 1986 and was invited to join the Musorgsky State Theatre of Opera and Ballet (Leningrad), where he sang the roles of Dosifei (Khovanshchina), Galitsky, Khan Konchak (Prince Igor), Gremin (Eugene Onegin), King Rene (Iolanthe), Zlatogor (The Queen of Spades), Peter I (Peter I), Monterone, Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Filippo II and the Grande Inquisitore (Don Carlo). Vladimir Vaneyev joined the Mariinsky Theatre in 1997. Among the roles that he performs at the Mariinsky theatre are Ruslan (Ruslan and Lyudmila), Boris Godunov, Pimen (Boris Godunov), Dosifei, Khovansky (Khovanshchina), Prince Galitsky, Khan Konchak, Prince Igor (Prince Igor), Kochubei, Mazepa (Mazepa), Tomsky (The Queen of Spades), Boris Timofeyevich (Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District), Zaccaria (Nabucco), Amonasro (Aida), Scarpia (Tosca), The Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer), Wotan (Die Walküre, Das Rheingold), Klingsor (Parsifal), Barak (Die Frau ohne Schatten), and others.

    He is a prize winner of All-Union, All-Russian and International Competitions, including the Perm Vocalists’ Competition (1987, 2nd prize), the Voci Verdiani competition (Italy, 1990, 3rd prize and prize as the best bass), the Singing Competition in Paris (1990, 2nd prize) and the Shaliapin Competition (Kazan, 1993, Grand Prix).

    Vladimir Vaneyev has toured in the USA, Japan, Germany, France, the UK, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Israel, Turkey, Poland, Austria and New Zealand. As a guest soloist the singer has appeared at major opera houses and concert venues, performing lead roles in the operas Boris Godunov (Venice, 1992; Nice, 1996; Austria, 1997; Metropolitan Opera, New York, 1998; Lisbon, 2001; Milan, 2002; London, 2003; Bologna, 2007, Turin, 2010 ); Prince Igor (Houston, 2000), Mazepa (Salzburg (2005), Lisbon (2006) and Zagreb (2009), Don Carlo (Venice, 1993; Bonn, 2000); The Miserly Knight (Lisbon, 2003), Don Giovanni (Valencia, 2006), Tosca (Lisbon, 2006), The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia (Austria, 1994, Amsterdam, 2012); Norma (Baltimore, 1998); Aida (Berlin, 1998); Don Carlo (Naples, 1999, Monte Carlo, 2002); The Queen of Spades (Turin, 2009), The Fiery Angel (La Scala, Milan, 1997), Tosca (Rome, 1999); Der fliegende Holländer (Bologna, 1999); Sadko (Venice, 1999); Aida (Geneva, 1999); Simon Boccanegra (New Zealand, 2002), Iolanthe (Naples, 1999; Monte Carlo, 2001; Milan, 2002); Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (Salzburg, 2001; Barcelona, 2002, Baltimore (2002), Florence (2008), Paris (2009), Madrid (2011) and Moscow (2012)); The Queen of Spades (Milan, 2004); The Gambler (Milan, 2005; Paris, 2005); as well as Rachmaninov’s symphonic poem The Bells (Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo, 2008; Dresden, 2011).

    Vladimir Vaneyev has taken part in recordings of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 14 (with the WDR Symphonieorchester, 1998), and of the operas Boris Godunov (Philips Classics, 1998), Betrothal in a Monastery (Philips Classics, 1998), Mascagni's Parisina (with the French Radio Orchestra), A Love for Three Oranges (Philips Classics, 2002), and Simon Boccanegra (New Zealand, 2002). He has also made CD and DVD recordings of Rachmaninov's vocal-symphonic poem The Bells, as well as of the operas Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (Amsterdam, 2006), Khovanshchina (Barcelona, 2007), Le Rossignol (Cologne, 2012) and The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia (2012).

  • Yuri Vorobiev
    Bass 

    Yuri Vorobiev is a prize-winner of the VI International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition (St Petersburg, 2004). He was born in Leningrad. He graduated from the Choral School of the Glinka Academic Cappella in St Petersburg in 1998 and subsequently studied at the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. Since 2002 he has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers, since 2009 - with the Mariinsky Opera Company.

    His repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes such parts as: Svetozar (Ruslan and Lyudmila), Podkolesin (The Marriage), Surin (The Queen of Spades), Tokmakov, Vyazemsky (The Maid of Pskov), Cook (The Love for Three Oranges), Father Benedictine, Miguel, Mendoza (Betrothal in a Monastery), Governor (Dead Souls), Zosima (The Brothers Karamazov), Antonio, Don Prudenzio (Il viaggio a Reims), High Priest of Baal (Nabucco), Count Ceprano, Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Narbal (Les Troyens), Zuniga (Carmen), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Knight of Brabant (Lohengrin), Truffaldino (Ariadne auf Naxos), and others. The singer’s repertoire also includes the bass part in Mozart’s Requiem, Bach's Mass in B minor and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14.

    Frequently tours with the Mariinsky Opera Company; under the baton of Valery Gergiev he has performed the bass part in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14 at the Konzerthaus (Vienna) and the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), roles of Timur (Turandot) at NHK Hall (Tokyo), Narbal (Les Troyens) at Suntory Hall (Tokyo) and Carnegie Hall (New York), Gurnemanz (Parsifal) at the Millennium Centre (Cardiff), the Barbican Hall (London) and Symphony Hall (Birmingham).

    The singer has accepted invitations from prestigious opera houses and festivals abroad, among them the Aix-en-Provence Festival (France), the Salzburg Festival (Austria), the Opera de Lyon (France) and the Canadian Opera Company (COC, Toronto).

    In the spring of 2012 the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, (London) invited Yuri Vorobiev to appear in Puccini’s opera La Bohéme (as Colline).

  • Andrei Zorin
    Tenor 

    Andrei Zorin was born in Komsomolsk on Amur (Khabarovsk Krai). In 2002 he graduated from the Vladivostok Academy of Arts. He has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers since 2002, joined the Mariinsky Opera Company in 2007.

    Among the parts that he performs at the Mariinsky Theatre we can name: Kochkaryov (The Marriage), Afanasy Ivanovich (Sorochintsy Fair), Khrushchev the Boyar, Jesuit, Misail (Boris Godunov), Triquet (Eugene Onegin), Chaplitsky, Master of Ceremonies (The Queen of Spades), The Devil (Christmas Eve), Kashchei (Kashchei the Immortal), Abbot, Monsieur de Beausset, Lieutenant Bonnet, First Staff Officer, Kanovnitsyn, Platon Karatayev (War and Peace), Eunuch, Ten Policemen, Seven Gentlemen (The Nose), Selifan (Dead Souls), Vyrin as an old man (The Station Master), Smerdyakov, The Devil (The Brothers Karamazov), Captain of the Crossbowmen (Simon Boccanegra in concert), Conte di Lerma, Royal Herald (Don Carlo), Don Basilio (Le nozze di Figaro), Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte), Mime (Das Rheingold), Shepherd (Tristan und Isolde), Young Servant (Elektra), The Hunchback (Die Frau ohne Schatten), and others.

    Andrei Zorin has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company to the UK, Germany, Sweden, Finland and Spain. He has given recitals in China and Japan. In 2003 he took part in the Mikkeli International Festival, where he performed as Kochkaryov (The Marriage) and as Vyrin (The Station Guard). At the VIII Moscow Easter Festival he performed the role of Don Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro).

  • Mariinsky Theatre Chorus
    Principal Chorus Master of the Mariinsky Theatre – Andrei Petrenko 

    The Mariinsky Theatre Chorus has long ago exceeded the limits of merely opera performances in its creative work. Rare foreign opera house can take pride in having such highly professional touring ensemble with large repertoire. Meeting all requirement of modern “mobile” stage direction in opera performances, the ensemble can instantly switch over to concert repertoire of various genres - from cantatas and oratorios of baroque music up to the most complicated scores of modern composers, which require high intonational proficiency and usage of numerous articulatory techniques. Singers of the Mariinsky Chorus are equally capable of Russian sacred music, foreign classics, folklore of various countries and composition techniques of the 20th century.

    Success of Mariinsky Chorus was based upon cherishing ancient traditions of Russian ensemble performance and artistic work of the outstanding chorus masters as Karl Kutschera, Ivan Pomazansky, Yevstafy Azeyev and Grigory Kazachenko. These traditions have been passed from generation to generation: it is a unique case when the ensemble is an “immortal” instrument or even a performer, to be most precise. That is why today the Mariinsky Chorus has a beautiful and powerful singing, capable to amaze with surprisingly rich acoustic palette and distinguished acting skills. Permanent participant at international festivals and world premières, it is one of the leading choral ensembles of Europe, touring all over the world. Since 2000 Andrei Petrenko has been the Mariinsky Theatre Chorus Master, invited by Valery Gergiev, the Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre. Under his direction the chorus has performed a cappella programmes at prestigious venues in Russia, Lithuania, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Great Britain, Israel and Denmark.

    A lot of records were released with the participation of the Mariinsky Chorus. Opera Boris Godunov by Modest Musorgsky, cantata Ivan The Terrible by Sergei Prokofiev and Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi was highly appreciated by critics. Prokofiev’s cantata Alexander Nevsky, performed at the 1st Moscow Easter Festival, was released on the label PhilipsClassics.

    For the recording of Sofia Gubaidulina’s St John’s Passion in 2003 the Mariinsky Chorus under Valery Gergiev received a Grammy nomination in the category “Best Choral Performance”.

    The Mariinsky Chorus has taken part in a number of recordings for the Mariinsky label under the baton of Valery Gergiev, among them Shostakovich’s The Nose (2009), Tchaikovsky’s Moscow cantata (2009), Wagner’s Parsifal (2010), Shchedrin’s The Enchanted Wanderer (2010), Shostakovich’s Symphonies No. 2 and No. 11 (2010), Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (2011) and Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Oedipus Rex (2010, with Gérard Depardieu as the Narrator). For this last recording the chorus won one of its most prestigious prizes – the coveted ICMA 2011 award “For the Best Work by a Chorus”, beating 16 other European choruses in this category.

  • Andrei Petrenko
    Principal Chorus Master of the Mariinsky Theatre 

    The Principal Chorus Master of the Mariinsky Theatre Andrei Petrenko, along with operas creates a lot of concerts with soloists, choir and symphony orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre. Under his direction the choir has performed with a cappella programmes in Russia, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the UK and Israel.

    The Honoured Artist of Russia Andrei Petrenko graduated from the Leningrad State Conservatoire, specializing in choral, opera and symphony conducting. He worked at the Leningrad Musical Comedy Theatre as a production conductor, directed the Smolny Cathedral Chamber Choir, and was a guest conductor of the Congress Orchestra of St Petersburg. After winning the 2nd Russian Conductors’ Competition (1988), from 1989 to 2000 he taught choral and symphony conducting at the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, in addition to holding international master-classes with foreign students. In 1993 he received 1st prize at the Hajnówka International Competition (Poland).

    Andrei Petrenko has toured to more than 20 countries with various choruses, ballet companies and symphony orchestras of St Petersburg. He has staged productions of operas in Finland (Gounod’s Faust in Pori) and in Estonia (Paisiello’s Il barbiere di Siviglia in Tallinn).

    Since 2000 Andrei Petrenko has been the Mariinsky Theatre’s Principal Chorus Master. Among the most outstanding productions in which he has been involved in recent years are operas such as Les Troyens, Benvenuto Cellini, Attila, Un ballo in maschera, The Nose, War and Peace, Prince Igor, Eugene Onegin, The Love for Three Oranges, A Life for the Tsar, The Golden Cockerel, Christmas Eve, La Bohème, Parsifal, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Turandot, Götterdämmerung, Der Fliegende Holländer, Jenůfa, The Gambler, Nabucco, Otello, The Enchantress, The Brothers Karamazov, The Enchanted Wanderer, Dead Souls, Tristan und Isolde and The Mystery of the Apostle Paul. At the Mariinsky Theatre he has conducted the operas Aida, La traviata, L’elisir d’amore, Samson et Dalila, Eugene Onegin, The Tale of Tsar Saltan as well as a semi-staged version of Verdi’s Requiem and cantata and oratorio works by Mozart, Berlioz, Gavrilin, Rachmaninov and Kastalsky. Has prepared numerous concert programmes featuring Mariinsky Opera soloists and the Mariinsky Chorus and Orchestra. Andrei Petrenko conducted the world première of Vladimir Martynov’s Vita Nuova at the Moscow House of Music during the IV Moscow Easter Festival.

    Moreover, Andrei Petrenko’s repertoire includes Bach’s Johannes-Passion, Handel’s oratorio The Messiah, Mozart and Berlioz’s Requiems, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Symphony of Psalms, Gavrilin’s Chimes, Sibelius’ symphonic poem Kullervo, Rachmaninov’s cantatas Spring and The Bells, Sviridov’s Kursk Songs, Kokkonen’s Requiem and numerous programmes of symphony music. Andrei Petrenko’s repertoire as an opera conductor includes Don Pasquale, Le nozze di Figaro, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Haydn’s Lo speziale, Schubert’s Die Zwillingsbrüder, Prokofiev’s War and Peace, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko and Szymanowski’s Król Roger; he also conducts the ballets such as Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky, Giselle by Adan, Don Quixote by Minkus, Chopiniana to music by Chopin, Carmen Suite by Bizet-Shchedrin, Karen Khachaturian’s The Adventures of Cipollino, Igor Rogalev’s Peter Pan and the operettas Die Fledermaus by Schtrauss, Die Lustige Witwe by Lehar, Die Czardasfürstin, Die Gräfin Mariza and Das Veilchen vom Montmartre by Kalman, La Belle Hélène by Offenbach.

    Since 2008 Andrei Petrenko has been a guest conductor with the Chorus of Radio France.

  • Academic Grand Choir «Masters of Choral Singing» of the Russian State TV and Radio Musical Center
    Artistic director and conductor — Lev Kontorovich 

    "The Academic Grand Choir is one of the best choirs in our country. Every encounter with these great musicians brings me great joy," Dmitri Shostakovich wrote.

    The Academic Grand Choir was founded by the prominent choir art master A.V. Sveshnikov in 1928. The emsemble has performed more than 5 thousand works, including operas, oratorios, cantatas by Russian and foreign composers, a cappella pieces, folk songs, sacred music. Many of them include in the golden fund of the national sound recording and won the recognition abroad (Grand Prix at the Soundtrack Competition in Paris, "Gold Medal" in Valencia). The choir was the first performer of many works by S.S. Prokofiev, D.D. Shostakovich, R.K. Shchedrin, A.I. Khachaturian, O.V. Taktakishvili, V.G. Agafonnikov, Yu.A. Yevgrafov, and others.

    The great musicians such as N.S. Golovanov, I.M. Kuvykin, K.B. Ptitsa, L.V. Yermakova were led the choir and formed its skill.

    In 2005 Lev Kontorovich, the Honored Artist of Russia, Professor of the Moscow Conservatoire, was invited to the Academic Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing". He directs the choir successfully continuing the traditions which were established by his predecessors. Pieces by Bach, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Rossini, and others composers are unique in maestro original interpretation for choir a cappella. The ensemble gives attention to contemporary music. It is a permanent participant of many festivals such as “Spring in Russia”, “Territory”, the Moscow Easter Festival (directed by Valery Gergiev), "Moscow Autumn", "Transformation" named after E.V. Kolobov, the International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival in Moscow, and others.

    Outstanding Russian musicians, including S. Richter, Ye. Svetlanov, V. Spivakov, D. Kitaenko, G. Rozhdestvensky, E. Obraztsova, V. Fedoseev, I. Arkhipova, E. Morricone, N. Gedda, M. Pletnev, D. Hvorostovsky, M. Rostropovich, Z. Sotkilava, E. Nesterenko, G. Rilling, R. Alagna, A. Gheorghiu, Ch. Eschenbach and others', at different times performed with the Grand Choir. «The choir under direction of Lev Kontorovich is wonderful, it has incredible flexibility, masterly performance, and charm," said Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

    In 2008 and 2012 the Academic Grand Choir performed at the inauguration ceremonies of Presidents of Russian Federation D.A. Medvedev and V.V. Putin.

  • Boni Pueri, the Czech Boys Choir
    Artistic director — Pavel Horák Conductor — Marek Štryncl 

    Boni Pueri is one of the most famous European choirs and a private music school with 350 students. The Czech Boys Choir was founded in 1982 and has become one of Europe's most famous musical ensembles. The choirs have given more than 2500 concerts in North America, Asia and Europe, have produced 13 recordings and have been invited to participate in 20 other recordings with Supraphon, EMI, BMG and ArcoDiva. In addition, Boni Pueri has been featured on a number of television and radio broadcasts. The choirs are invited to perform regularly with eminent artists, including José Carreras and Bobby McFerrin, and with other important ensembles and orchestras around the world. Boni Pueri has been privileged to perform in some of the world’s great concert halls including Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Winspear Hall in Edmonton, Canada, the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Hall, Seoul Arts Centre, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, De Doelen in Rotterdam, Basilica di S. Maria Maggiore in Bergamo, Italy, Meistersingerhalle in Nurnberg, and the Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall in Prague.

    The choirs have appeared at numerous international music festivals including The Prague Spring Festival (1994, 1995, 1998, 2004, 2005), Europalia (Brussels 1998), AmericaFest International Festival for Boys’ & Men’ Choirs (Minneapolis 1998, 2002), Jeonju Sori Festival (South Korea 2002). In July 2004 Boni Pueri became the first European organization to host the highly acclaimed World Festival of Singing for Men and Boys and will again host the festival in 2008. Individual members of Boni Pueri are often invited to be soloists in other performances, including The Magic Flute at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma in 2004.

    Boni Pueri performs frequently with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and was featured most recently in a performance of King Roger by Szymanowski. In 2006, the choirs were invited to open the Orchestra’s Choral Concert Series in Dvorak Hall.

    Other important projects of recent years have included performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, the Mozart Requiem, the Fauré Requiem, theatrical staging of Hans Krása's Terezín children's opera Brundibár, and a premiere recording of music by the baroque composers Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer, Pavel Josef Vejvanovský and Jan Dismas Zelenka. In 2003 Boni Pueri's recording of Zelenka's Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis received the prestigious Cannes Classical Award. In 2004, the Boni Pueri recording of Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols was named as the Recording of the Month.

    Since 2006 Boni Pueri has been under the patronage of the Czech Ministry of Education. Boni Pueri is a cultural ambassador of the "European Federation of Choirs of the Union".

    Pavel Horák

    Pavel Horák joined Boni Pueri in 1987 as conductor and became its artistic director in 1996. Dr. Horák has given more than a thousand performances with the choir on concert tours in the Czech Republic and abroad in Europe, USA, Japan and South Korea. Among the highlights of his conducting career are his regular performances of Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion in several prestigious concert halls in Holland. In 1999, Dr. Horák completed his doctoral studies in choral conducting under professor Jiří Kolář at Charles University in Prague, where he also earned his Ph.D. Dr. Horák has taught for the Music Department at the University of Hradec Králové, Faculty of Education as well as Charles University School of Pedagogy. He is the Head Master of the Boni Pueri Choir School and a current member of the Rotary Club.

    Marek Štryncl

    Already during his studies at the Conservatory in Teplice, he held office as concertmaster of the North Bohemian Philharmonic. He graduated on the Prague Academy of Music in conducting (2002) and studied cello at the Dresdner Akademie für Alte Musik. As a conductor and choirmaster he cooperates with prominent chamber and symphony orchestras, choirs, ensembles and soloists (eg, Magdalena Kožená, Philippe Jaroussky, The New Israeli Vocal Ensemble, Prague Chamber Philharmonic). Interest in contemporary interpretation brang him in 1992 to the founding of the ensemble Musica Florea, which brings the newly discovered authors primarily from the Czech Baroque and Classicism. He has performed at prestigious festivals (Prague Spring, Resonanzen Vienna, Festival van Vlaanderen Brugge, Tage Alter Musik in Sopron, Tage Alter und Neuer Musik Regensburg, the Strings of Autumn, Concentus Moraviae). He recorded dozens of CDs; many of them won top awards (Diapason 1994, Harmony Gold 1997 Cannes Classical Award 2003). Mr. Štryncl teaches conducting, conducting of church music and baroque cello at the Charles University in Prague. Ten years ago he began his cooperation with the Czech Boys Choir Boni pueri (J. D. Zelenka: Response, W. A. Mozart: Requiem, P. J. Vejvanovský: Vesperae Sancti Venceslai, Händel's Messiah). The recording of Zelenka's Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis won the prestigious 2003 Cannes Classical Award. In 2010 he came to the Czech boys Choir Boni Pueri as a conductor of the concert group.

  • Cantemus Children’s Choir (Nyiregyhaza, Hungary)
    Artistic director and conductor — Dénes Szabó 

    The Cantemus Children’s Choir is the multi international prize winning senior pupils’ choir of the Kodály Zoltán Primary School in Nyiregyháza, Hungary. The ensemble was founded in 1975 by Dénes Szabó. Since its formation the choir has achieved the highest of standards in choral performance and has travelled extensively to give concerts, compete, and take part in festivals in countries throughout Europe and the rest of the world – including Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, South America and the United States of America. In 2012 the Choir received Guidoneum Award at the prestigious International Guido d'Arezzo Polyphonic Contest. The successes of the choir are founded on the principles of the Kodály music teaching method implemented under the leadership of Dénes Szabó, who teaches music to children in the senior years at the school, conducts and directs the choir and is the Director of the Cantemus Choral Institute. The choir’s extensive repertoire is focussed on the the beauty of choral music - ranging from Gregorian chant through the Renaissance and Romantic periods to contemporary works. Some of the Hungarian repertoire is based on traditional folk music – including works by Bartók and Kodály - and some have been written especially with the choir in mind by leading contemporary Hungarian composers. As such the choir has become a standard bearer for both traditional and contemporary Hungarian music.

    Dénes Szabó

    Dénes Szabó was born in Makó in 1947 and is an outstanding figure in Hungarian and international choral life. He studied music in Szeged, Miskolc and Budapest and subsequently began his teaching career at the Zoltán Kodály Primary School in Nyíregyháza. He founded the Cantemus Children’s Choir in 1975. This has since grown into a choral institute and began to operate as an independent artistic organisation under his direction in 2004 with three choirs - the Cantemus Children’s Choir, the Pro Musica Girls’ Choir and the Cantemus Mixed Voice Choir. These choirs all perform at world-class standard; they are participants of leading festivals. Dénes Szabó is highly sought after as a choral conductor and lecturer in music education at international festivals and conferences. He regularly holds masterclasses in choral conducting, choral voice production and the implementation of the Kodály method. He has also been a member of the judging panels for several leading international choir competitions in the USA, Slovenia, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Belgium. In appreciation of his artistic achievements and dedicated work in music education he was awarded the Ferenc Liszt Prize in 1985, the Bartók Béla – Pásztory Ditta Prize in 1985, the Kossuth Prize in 2000 and the Hungarian Cultural Heritage Prize in 2004.

  • Chamber Male Choir (Moscow)
     

    The Chamber Male Choir was founded in 1988 on the eve of the Millennium of the Baptism of Russia at the initiative of the People’s Artist of Russia Valery Rybin who later became its artistic director. Since its first days the key task of the choir is to revive national singing traditions and to popularize the best pieces of Russian musical heritage. The core of the choir’s repertoire consists of chants of the Russian Orthodox Church, sacred music of the southern Slavs, vocal and choral works of Russian and foreign composers, Russian folk songs, well-known pop and classic music.

    The choir sings both in Moscow and other cities and towns. Its tours in France, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Australia, Great Britain and other countries enjoy a true success. Over the years of its existence the group issued more than 20 CDs on famous labels: Le chant du monde (France), WDR and Capriccio (Germany), Russian Season (Russia) and others. Russian and foreign mass media and musical critics highly appreciate the work of the choir.

  • Chanters Chorus "Thessaloniacan Hymnodists" (Thessaloniki, Greece)
    Cantor — Ioannis Liakos 

    The Chanters Chorus "Thessaloniacan Hymnodists" was founded by Dr. Ioannis Liakos in 2007. Also, in 2007 choir issued a CD titled "In the ierarchin and functions of the Lord ..." as the anniversary edition of the Holy Saviour Holy Mountain. In 2008 was released the second compact disc (CD) entitled "Hail, Martyr Demetrios" with hymns of Holy Week and the Sequence of Saint Demetrius. The Chorus has participated in concerts: the Concert Hall, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, and many other concerts in Greece and Cyprus.

    Dr. Ioannis Liakos was born in Kozani. He studied at the Department of Pastoral and Social Theology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he attended the Graduate Program in Art and Worship. He also defended the doctoral dissertation on "The chant tradition of Thessaloniki in the 14th and 15th Century" under the supervision of Professor G. I. Stathis, and declared a Doctor of the Music Department of the University of Athens in 2005. From 2006 to 2009 he was Lecturer at the Music Department in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and from 2008 to 2010 at the Higher Ecclesiastical Academy of Vella of Ioannina, Program of Ecclesiastical Music and Chanting, where he became an assistant professor in June 2010. In 2010 as a visiting professor he taught courses Chanting Art and Hymnology the Theological School "St. Athanasius the Athonite" by Orthodox University of Congo. Also, he taught course Chanting Art at Thessaloniki Central Conservatory in Northern Greece and is now director of the School of Byzantine Music Metropolis Lagadas Liti and Rendina. He was cantor of the Metropolitan Church of St Demetrius Siatista (1990-1993), then cantor of St. Antonios Thessaloniki (1998-2010) and from June 2010 he is cantor of the Metropolitan Church of St. Gregory Palamas, Thessaloniki. He was a member of the "University of Thessaloniki Byzantine Choir" directed by Prof. Ant. Aligyzakis and as member in Chorus "Chanters - Maistores the Art of Chanting" by teacher and choir master Professor G. I. Stathis.

  • Children’s Choral Studio “Vesnianka”
    Artistic director and conductor — Lubov Aldakova 

    The studio “Vesnianka” is one of the oldest children’s choral organizations created in Moscow in 1961. Nowadays it consists of five choirs for children of different age: junior choirs “Chizhik”, “Skvorushka”, “Solnyshko”, “Podsnezhnik” and the senior concert choir “Vesnianka”. All the choirs are headed by graduates of the Gnessins Academy of Music who got choirmaster’s experience in “Vesnianka”. The studio has the title “Exemplary ensemble” that is to be confirmed by the Ministry of Science and Education of the Russian Federation once in five years, every year the studio organizes master-classes for teachers-choirmasters from all over Russia. All the choirs regularly participate in Moscow festivals and competitions, become laureates of the festivals “Young gifts of Moscovia”, “The Christmas canticle”, the Moscow International Choral Festival “Moscow sounds”. The senior choir “Vesnianka” performs in the best Moscow music halls, in Russian regions and abroad, sings in orthodox and catholic churches, gives charity concerts. In 1996 the choir won the first place and got a special prize in the G.Dmitrov International Choral Festival in Bulgaria, 10 years later the junior body of this choir won the first prize in the 35th International Choral Festival in French Tours (Florilege Vocal de Tours). The choir collaborates with such music groups as the ensemble “Kontsertino” and the Vivaldi-orchestra.

    In 2011 the choral studio “Vesnianka” celebrated its 50th anniversary by a cycle of concerts in the Grand and the Small Halls of the Moscow Conservatory, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Moscow International Music House, the Hall of Church Councils of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and other principle music grounds. Last year the choir “Vesnianka” became a laureate of the International Choral Festival Of Orthodox Music «Hajnowka» (Poland) and secured a triumphant victory in the International Music Competition «Tonen 2000» (Holland).

    The director of the studio and the Concert choir “Vesnianka” is the Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation Lubov Aldakova, a vice-president of the Association of Moscow Choirs, the Honoured Member of the All-Russia Music Society, the mentor of the Moscow Central district on vocal-choral genre. The heads of the other choirs are Olga Tulinova, an Honorable Cultural Worker of Moscow; Natalia Minina, an Excellent Worker of Public Education; Elena Terekhova, an Honorable Educator of the Russian Federation, Natalia Chernyaeva.

    www.vesnianka.ru

  • Choir "Scarlet Sails" of the Music School named after R.K. Shchedrin
    Artistic director - Alla Pushkareva 

    The Choir "Scarlet Sails" is a prize-winner of Moscow, all-Russia and international festivals and competitions. The ensemble gives concerts both in Russia and abroad. The choir performed in the Vatican and was favored an audience with the Pope.

    The choir’s repertoire includes compositions of various genres. The ensemble is the first performer of many works of Moscow composers. Rodion Shchedrin dedicated to the children's ensemble the piece "Scarlet sails" to words of Alexander Green.

    The artistic director of the choir is Alla Pushkareva.

  • Instrumental Capella
    Artistic director — Gennady Derkach 

    The Instrumental Capella was founded in 1978 by the conductor Aleksander Afanasyev. From the very beginning he succeeded in rallying a circle of like-minded performers – graduates of the Moscow Conservatory and Gnessins Academy of Music.

    Interest to authentic performance enabled them to create many interesting programmes with such famous artists as T.Grindenko, A.Liubimov, O.Hudiakov. Rinat Ibragimov, the 1st prize-winner of the Bottezini International Music Competition in Parma (Italy), the soloist of the London symphony orchestra, was the art director of the Instrumental Capella during the period 1995-1998.

    Since 1998 Gennady Derkach has been the art director and conductor of the orchestra. The talented musician, violinist, he was one of the originators of the orchestra. During his musical career G.Derkach performed in the best concert halls of Russia and all over the world.

    The Instrumental Capella gives many concerts in Moscow region. It tours all over Russia and abroad. The orchestra was awarded the Diploma of the International Music Festival of chamber orchestras in Plovdiv (Bulgaria). It has taken part in the Moscow Easter Festival, collaborated with the famous musicians such as V.Krainev, A.Utkin, Yu.Rozum, and others. Organization of benefit and educational concerts for children is an old tradition of the Instrumental Capella.

  • “Kupina” Guslar Ensemble
    Artistic director - Lyubov Zhuk 

    “Kupina” Guslar Ensemble was created in 1980 by the Honoured Artist of Russia, Professor L.Ya. Zhuk. She is one of the best guslars, an author of many manuals, teacher editions and articles.

    All members of the ensemble have a higher musical education. Each of them plays several instruments, sings a solo and in an ensemble, often used elements of choreography in his performance. The ensemble is a prize-winner of Russian and international competitions, a participant of many festivals in Russia and abroad such as the I and II TV-Radio competition “The Voice of Russia” (1990, 1994), International Earth song Folk Music Festival (Canada, 1992), the VI International Competition of folk musicians and singers (Russia, 2001), the III, V, XII Artiada of Russia (1997, 1999, 2010), and others. The ensemble toured to Italy, Canada, Germany, France, Austria, Poland, India as well as cities of Russia and CIS.

    In 2010 “Kupina” Guslar Ensemble took part in the Federal programme “International Youth Festival of Russian Art in France” in Cannes. The ensemble is the Honourary member of the Interregional public organization for promotion of national and world classics “Classical Heritage Association”. It was awarded the Medal of Vera Gorodovskaya. Patriarchal Center for the Spiritual Development of Children and Youth awards the ensemble for charity and selfless work, contribution to the development of Russian art and culture in the programme “Unified cultural space of Russia - the revival of gusli”.

    Since 2001 the ensemble “Kupina” has worked at “Mosconcert”.

    All members of the ensemble teach children to sing and play the gusli according to Lyubov Zhuk's author's programme. Thereby the children's guslar ensemble "Kupina" was formed. Nowadays it is a prize-winner of the Russian and foreign competitions.

    The repertoire of "Kupina" is multifarious and includes the old Russian folk songs, folk tales and ballads, masterpieces of Russian and foreign classical music. The musicians combine pop beats and synthesized sounds with singing and sounds of gusli, accordion, percussion that makes the performance of the ensemble particularly colorful and modern.

  • Melodi Choir (Belgrade, Serbia)
    Artistic director — Divna Ljubojevic 

    Saint Romanos the Melodist was one of the best church choirman in the 5th century and the creator of kontakion. Serbian interpreter of sacred music Divna Ljubojevic named after this genius Bizantine Hymnographer the choir founded in 1991 in the monastery of the Presentation of the Holy Virgin in Belgrade. The repertoire of the choir consists of orthodox hymns from the earliest samples of the Bizantine, Serbian, Bulgarian and Russian monophony and polyphony to works of modern authors of sacred music. The gifted interpreters both took part in church services and gave more than half a thousand concerts around the country, participated in international music festivals.

    When a child Divna Ljubojevic sang in the choir of the monastery of the Presentation of the Most Holy Virgin where nuns taught her the unique hymn style based on Karlovy Vary canticles and Russian sacred music. After graduation from the Music Academy in Novisad she made debute in 1988 as a conductor of the choir «Mokranjac» and played the first in the contemporary history Easter liturgy in the cathedral of St. Sava in Vracar. In 1989-1991 she was the conductor of the First Belgrade Singing Society (the youngest conductor of this oldest Serbian choir) and in 1997 with the benediction of bishop Luka she founded a choir in the church of St. Sava in Paris. In 2010 in Kiev Divna Ljubojevic received the order of the Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate).

  • Military orchestra (Moscow garrison) of the 154th separate commandant regiment
    Director - senior lieutenant Andrey Nisenbaum 

    This Military orchestra has an eventful history: it was organized in 2011 on the basis of the 13th Military orchestra (military district headquarters) that, in its turn, originated in 1940. At that time an Exemplary Orchestra was formed based on the orchestra of the 6th motorized rifle regiment and it became a participant of the most important ceremonies and war parades of the Moscow garrison in the Red Square. The parade on the 7th of November, 1941 and the Victory Parade on the 24th of June, 1945 were among them.

    The orchestra performed on the International Youth and Student Festival, on the XXII Summer Olympic Games, on the World Youth and Student Festival in Moscow, during the celebration of Moscow’s 850th anniversary. In 1995 on order of the Moscow government the orchestra recorded the hymn of the capital of Russia. The group provided musical settings for official top-level ceremonies: reception of international government delegations, wreath-laying ceremony in the memorial complex “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” near the Kremlin wall. They also took part in international festivals and contests of military bands in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the United Arabic Emirates.

    Nowadays this big professional artistic group is the principal military orchestra of Moscow that besides its direct duties (support for official top-level ceremonies) gives regular concerts and traditionally takes part in the International military musical festival “Spasskaya Tower” in the Red Square.

    Andrey Nisenbaum

    Senior Lieutenant A.N. Nisenbaum has been the chief of the Military orchestra (Moscow garrison) of the 154th separate commandant regiment since 2011.

    Since 1998 he was a young member of the military orchestra of the spaceport “Plesetsk”, next year he entered the Moscow Military Music School. As part of the School orchestra he participated in different contests and festivals in Russia, Poland, Germany, Switzerland. Then he entered the Military School (of military conductors) of the Military University from which he graduated cum laude in 2008. As part of the University orchestra he played in festivals of military music in Moscow and Scotland (in the “Military tattoo” in Edinburgh).

    Since 2008 till 2011 he was the conductor of the military orchestra of the 147th automobile base of the Moscow military district of the Russian Federation.

  • Moscow Boys Choir
    Artistic director and conductor — Victoria Smirnova 

    The Moscow Boys Choir is one of a few children’s music ensembles in Russia, which teaches boys from 6 up to 17 years old following the best traditions of Russian classical choral art. The choir was founded in 1967 by Vladimir Sudakov, with participation of teachers and musicians of Gnesins State Music and Pedagogical Institute. From 1972 till 2002 the Choir was directed by Ninel Kamburg, from 2002 till 2011 it was directed by her student Leonid Baklushin. Now the artistic director of the Moscow Boys Choir is Victoria Smirnova.

    During its half-century history the Choir gained recognition in Russia and abroad as a highly professional ensemble. The Choir has toured in Belgium, Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, Poland, France, South Korea, Japan. The team is a prize-winner of many international and domestic festivals and competition. The soloist of the choir participated opera staging, among them were Carmen by Bizet, La Boheme by Puccini, Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky, Boyarina Morozova by Shchedrin. Choir’s repertoire embraces compositions of Russian, American and European classics, contemporary and sacred music, Russian folk songs. Choir has took part in performance of such monumental works as Symphony No. 9 by Beethoven, Requiems by Mozart and Faure, Stabat Mater by Pergolesi, Symphony No. 3 by Mahler, Symphony of Psalms by Stravinsky, Hymnus Amoris from the Scandinavian triad by Nielsen, Christmas Oratorios by Bach and Metropolitan Hilarion, and others. The programme “Christmas Around the World” has gained a great popularity, Choir has been preforming it in the USA on Christmas Eve for over 20 years. In 1985 the Choir performed in front of the members the British Royal Family at Albert Hall. In 1999 it gave the Christmas concert in front of the President of the USA.

  • Music Band "New Keltsy"
    Directors - Alexei Palagin and Petr Nikolaev 

    Youth and enthusiasm, interest in the sources and in experiment joined eight Moscow multi-instrumentalists, awardees of Russian and international festivals into a neo-folk group "New Keltsy". Well-known Russian folk songs sound fresh and at the same time tuneful on Gaelic bagpipes, African drums, shepherd's horns and European blockflutes, Armenian duduk and the Renaissant chalumeau, Irish bouzouki and, of course, balalaika.

    "New Keltsy" always take part in historical reconstructions and folk festivals. In 2010 the group came out as a co-headliner in the 1st Moscow festival of bagpipers Russian Bagpipe Forum and became an awardee of the 3rd all-Russian festival-contest "Keepers of the heritage of Russia 2010" where they won the 1st prize in the contest of music groups. In 2011-2012 the musicians got the grand-prizes of the 4th and 5th all-Russian festival-contests "Keepers of the heritage of Russia".

    In 2011 the band issued their first CD called "Test of the pen".

    The leaders of the project are Alexey Palagin and Peter Nikolaev.

  • Patriarchal Choir of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior
    Ñantor - Ilya Tolkachev 

    Serious tasks are entrusted upon the Patriarchal Choir of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior: revival, and, at the same time, renovation of the Orthodox liturgical singing best tradition, participation in the benevolent deeds of the Patriarch and regular divine services in the main cathedral of our large country. It is a great responsibility. And, first of all, it is a spiritual responsibility.

    The Choir of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior was founded in 1998 and in 2000 with blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Alexey II the choir was granted the status of Patriarchal. Nickolay Georgievsky was the first director of the Choir; from 2007 the Choir has been directed by the choirmaster Ilya Tolkachev.

    The Patriarchal Choir of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior is a professional choir ensemble. Along with liturgical activity, it takes part in important church and state religious celebrations, conduct intensive cultural and educational activity, aimed at strengthening the spiritual and moral fibre of the society and revival of the Orthodox tradition. The ecclesiarch of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior archpriest Mikhail Ryazantsev executes spiritual feeding of the choristers.

    The repertoire of the Patriarchal Choir of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior embraces the best works of Russian sacred music, including the works by P.I. Tchaikovsky, S.V. Rachmaninov, P.G. Chesnokov, A.T. Grechaninov, and masterpieces of the world opera classic, adaptations of Russian folk songs, pieces by contemporary composers.

    The Patriarchal Choir of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior actively tours throughout Russia and abroad, performing unique programmes: "Feasts of Holy Russia", "Orthodox psalms" etc.

    The team participates in many social cultural projects. Events are organized and managed by the Executive Director of the Patriarchal Choir of the Christ the Savior Cathedral Igor Evalenko.

    The Choir is regularly recording its best music programs on CD and DVD. Some of the latest are: "The experience of harmonization of the rules of church singing" (2009), "Easter Concert"(2009), "Christmas Carols" (2010), and others.

  • Scarlet Sails Children's Concert Choir
    Artistic directors - Yelena Volodina and Yekaterina Tolstoguzova 

    Scarlet Sails Children's Concert Choir from Moscow region town Krasnogosk is a prize-winner of international competitions and festivals in Russia, Austria, and Japan.

    The choir is a member of the Russian Children’s and Youth Choir Federation, the winner in the All-Russian Open Contest of Grants in Social Sphere “New Day” (Children's Fund OOH UNICEF) «for devotion to high ideals of humanity and noble task to help the children, using the power of art». The choir has taken part in projects, conducted by UNESCO, such as the "Protection of the World Cultural Heritage" and the "World Decade for Culture Development".

    Scarlet Sails Children's Concert Choir performs at the famous Russian concert halls, gives concert in various cities of Russia and abroad. The ensemble’s repertoire embraces sacred music, Russian and foreign classics, works by contemporary composers and folk songs of various world nations. Scarlet Sails Children's Concert Choir has several times performed with symphony, wind and folk orchestras of Moscow.

    The art directors of choir are Yelena Volodina, the Honored Culture Worker of Russia, and Yekaterina Tolstoguzova, a prize-winner of international competitions.

  • Smolny Cathedral Chamber Choir (St. Petersburg)
    Artistic director and conductor — Vladimir Begletsov 

    It is the high degree of professionalism that makes the Smolny Cathedral Chamber Choir so singular and enables the ensemble to be able to work with the most complicated scores of ancient polyphonic and contemporary music. The Smolny Cathedral Chamber Choir is like a fine-tuned instrument, uniquely performing man one-of-a-kind compositions. Its vocal artistic manner combines the European lightness, the Greek voluminosity of the vocal stream, together with inherently Russian saturated tonality, which enabled the singers to achieve considerable heights in mastering a wide spectrum of various choral music styles.

    The Choir was founded in 1991. Its first directors were Stanislav Legkov, Andrei Petrenko, and Eduard Crotman. In 2004 there came a new artistic director and conductor, Honoured Artist of Russia Vladimir Begletsov. His youth, excellent education (piano, symphony, and choir majors at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory) as well as work experience at the Saint Petersburg Academic Capella and many years of teaching at the Glinka Choir School had enabled the new director to achieve unprecedented results. Alongside with signature Russian and European classical pieces, a must for any professional Vocal ensemble, the Smolny Cathedral Chamber Choir pays an increasing tribute to ancient compositions on the one hand and the modern XX century pieces on the other, ranging its spectrum from chants of the times of Peter the Great to most recent opuses by Leonid Desyatnikov.

    The Choir has given perfect interpretations of most difficult scores by Taneev, Shostakovich, Orff, Penderecki, Schnittke, and Stravinsky. It was the Smolny Cathedral Chamber Choir to deliver the first performance of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Utrenja in Saint Petersburg. In the same year the world premiere of Georgy Sviridov’s cantata Scourge of Juvenal took place. Practically any one of the 32 choristers, all of which are either graduates, or students at the Conservatory, is capable of a solo performance. In accordance with the original meaning of the world “chamber” present in the ensemble’s title, Vladimir Begletsov is highly demanding of the virtually virtuoso sound quality, no minute detail of phrasing escapes his attention. In addition, the Smolny Choir is strengthened by the Glinka Choral College Boys' Choir, which enables it to successfully perform such monumental pieces as Verdi’s Requiem or Rachmaninov’s All-night Vigil.

    The Choir gives regular performances at Smolny, St. Isaac’s, St. Sampson’s Cathedrals, the Church of the Savior on Blood, in the Philharmonic and Cappella halls, participates in numerous festivals, including All-Russia chorus assemblies and the Moscow Easter festival. Among its regular art partners are symphony orchestras of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, the State Hermitage, the State Cappella; conductors Valery Gergiev, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Krzysztof Penderecki, Saulius Sondeckis, Yuri Temirkanov; singers Olga Kondina, Pyotr Migunov, and others.

    Vladimir Begletsov

    Vladimir Begletsov, an Honored artist of Russia, has been art director of the Smolny Cathedral Chamber Choir since 2004. He is a graduate of three departments of the St Petersburg Conservative: the piano department (under Prof. Vladimir Nilsen), the choir conducting, and opera and symphony department (Prof. Vladislav Chernushenko), a winner of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation Competition for symphony conductors (1992). Owing to the Maestro’s untiring and inspired work, he is regarded today as a uniquely prominent figure in the choral performance world.

    Vladimir Begletsov was a conductor of the Saint Petersburg Academic Capella (1985-2004), artistic director and principal conductor of the Glinka Choral College Boys' Choir (1991-2007), conductor of the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra (1996-1998), taught at the St. Petersburg Conservatory (2002-2006). Maestro has collaborated with the St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonic Orchestra, the St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra, the State Hermitage Orchestra, the Musica Viva chamber orchestra, the Slovenian Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra, Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania), the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), and others; with the well-known musicians such as Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Saulius Sondeckis, Boris Tishchenko, Sergei Slonimsky, Zurab Sotkilava, Irina Arkhipova, Nikolai Gedda, Irina Bogacheva, Olga Borodina, Ildar Abdrazakov, Gennady Bezzubenkov.

  • Soloists’ ensemble “Russian Rhapsody”
    Artistic director — Yevgeny Volchkov 

    The ensemble “Russian Rhapsody” was founded by the laureate of all-Russia and international competitions, domra player Yevgeny Volchkov. The ensemble takes an active part in Moscow concert life. Jointly with the Moscow Musical Society in 2009-2010 the ensemble was awarded a grant of the Moscow Department of Culture for the project of concerts programmes "Folk music players perform...". The project was successfully conducted at the venues of the city.

    The ensemble members give many concerts both in Russia and abroad, take part in international festivals at homeland, as well as in Finland, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Latvia, Hungary, Lebanon, Sweden, Norway, France, Japan, Italy. The ensemble emphasizes working with children's audience. In their concert programmes at the Moscow Philharmonic halls the musicians tell about the history of Russian folk instruments, perform literature and musical-literature compositions, work closely with choirs, contemporary composers. "Russian Rhapsody" turns a common concert into fascinating and educational performance.

  • Speghani Choir (Yerevan, Armenia)
    Artistic director and conductor — Sarina Avtandilyan 

    Speghani Choir, which has its important input in the development of modern choral art, does not only continue Armenia’s century-long refined choral traditions, but also successfully assimilates approaches of other schools, communicating spiritual, classical, and traditional singing to Armenian and foreign audiences. Speghani is a very extraordinary group. It is often called a “choir of angelic voices”. Established in 1996 and initially comprised of children of parents heroically deceased in the Karabakh war, Speghani still functions to commemorate the victims. Its founder is musicologist Sarina Avtandilyan, who lost her husband and nearest relatives.

    It started with singing patriotic songs in military installations but gradually expanded its repertoire and gained more professionalism. Today the choir has two bodies – the junior one and the adolescent one – that sing choir music of very different stylistics from Maurice Duruflé to Francis Poulenc. Big emphasis is surely made on Armenian music.

    Among the achievements of Speghani, was also the recording of Divine Liturgy of the Armenian Church arranged by Komitas, including the priest’s and deacon’s parts. The recording was the result of extensive research and creative endeavor which was honored with a blessing by his Holiness Garegin II, Catholicos of All Armenians.

    The Choir enjoys great fame and recognition among the international musical community. Speghani’s concert tours have included many parts of Armenia and NKR, as well as participation in various international festivals and competitions in Russia, Lebanon, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Austria and Switzerland. This group is the silver medal winner of the Arezzo Choral Competition (Italy, 2004), it became one of the four best choirs on the International Choir Festival in Germany (2007), and one of the 13 participants of the European Festival of Youth Choirs in Basel (Switzerland, 2007).

    In August of 2010, during the International Choral Competition in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Speghani was crowned with notable international laurels competing with numerous choirs from different countries around the world. The choir took first prizes in "Spiritual Music" and "Folklore Music" nominations and was awarded a special prize by the jury for "Best Performance of Compulsory Work" in the "Modern Music" category (“Prayer to Andrei Rublyov” from Liturgical Chants by Yuri Falik). Speghani is a member of the International Federation for Choral Music.

    Sarina Avtandilyan

    Musicologist and choir leader Sarina Avtandilyan is the founder, artistic director and principal conductor of Speghani Choir. Ms. Avtandilyan was born in Martakert (Artsakh); studied in Choirmaster Department of Volgograd Arts College; and later graduated from Choirmaster and Musical Science Departments of Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas with a PhD degree. She had master-class training in Germany and has established a number of children’s choirs. Ms. Avtandilyan teaches choir conducting at Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas and runs choral classes at Tchaikovsky Special Music School.

    Ms Avtandilyan’s awards include: a Gold Medal by the Ministry of Culture of Armenia for her significant contribution in the development of Armenian choir art; with Vazgen Sargsyan Medal by the Ministry of Defense of Armenia for her contribution in raising the national and patriotic spirit among the youth; and Komitas Medal by the Armenian Music Society.

    Ms. Avtandilyan was awarded the Medal of Movses Khorenatsi by the President of the Republic of Armenia, for her achievements in reviewing international recognition in perfecting and spreading the Armenian Choral Music. Also on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Armenia, she has received a special commemorative medal from the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia for her noticeable work, her contribution to the development of Choral Art, and her achievements to date.

  • State Abkhazian Choir Capella (Sukhum)
    Artistic director and conductor — Nora Adzhindzhal 

    The famous 11th century church in Pitsunda is the “home” of the State Abkhazian Choir Capella. In its performances, the professional ensemble is often accompanied by the venue’s magnificent German organ. What, if not the mild climate and sea breeze, beauty of the surrounding countryside and ancient architecture, together with the wonderful acoustics of the church makes it possible to discover the beauty of the human voice?

    The State Abkhazian Choir Capella took part in the Moscow Easter Festival for the first time in 2009, and their performance left no one indifferent. The State Abkhazian Choir Capella was founded in 1969 with the active involvement of the famous Abkhazian composer and public figure Alexei Chichba. Between 1973 and 1981 the head of the Capella was the famous Moscow conductor, Honoured Professional of Abkhazia and Georgia, Vadim Sudakov. Throughout his years working with the ensemble he toured the republics of the former Soviet Union on more than one occasion from the Baltic States to the Far East.

    In the years 1986-1996 the Capella was led by a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, Peoples’ Artists of Abkhazia Nodar Chanba. In 1991 and 1992 the troupe toured in Germany, where one of their concerts as held at the Berlin Philharmonic.

    Throughout the difficult post-war and at the present time the Capella’s director has been and is Honoured Arts Worker of Adygei, Nora Adzhindzhal. She carefully tries to preserve the traditions established by her predecessors by including the works of foreign classical composers, Russian spiritual music, Abkhazian spiritual, ceremonial and folk songs and wiks by Abkhazian composers into the repertoire.

    The State Abkhazian Choir Capella has performed numerous times in some of the best concert venues, including Riga Dome Cathedral, Smolny Cathedral (St. Petersburg), the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the House of Organ Music (Kiev), and others. The State Abkhazian Choir Capella is the only group in the world that has been giving concerts in the New Athos cave since 1975. The Choir Capella has participated in many prestigious festivals, where it was awarded a number of prizes.

  • State Academic Russian Northern Folk Choir (Arkhangelsk)
    Artistic director and conductor — Svetlana Ignatieva 

    The State Academic Russian Northern Folk Choir is a legend of the White Sea, and one of the most singular and renowned musical ensembles of Russia. Throughout its 85-year-long history the State Academic Russian Northern Folk Choir has always been faithful to its defining characteristic, namely a tremendous love of life and optimism. Operating nearly on a volunteer basis, studying and breathing new life into the unique Pomor folklore of the Russian North, presenting the arts of that part of Russia in different corners of the, as far as India and Japan, the ensemble has gained many admirers, who clapped their approval enthusiastically and saw Arkhangelsk artists off with their eyes.

    The ensemble cannot quite be regarded as a typical choir, it is rather a folk theatre, which has amalgamated song, dance, music, and stage performance. The choir’s creation is a whole culture, its custodians are carefully kept and resurrected intonations of the past. Now the choir from Archangelsk introduces to traditional culture of the north-west of Russia from the Pskov region to the Republic of Komi.

    The choir’s history begins as a local amateur folk glee club, directed by a local country school teacher Antonina Yakovlevna Kolotilova from Veliky Ustyug. With her well-set voice, excellent vocal skills and remarkable technique of playing on a stringed sitar folk instrument, she was charging the audience all over Veliky Ustug and its surroundings with remarkable energy, being by far more than a local glee community leader.

    8 March, 1926, on the celebration of the International Women’s Day, has become a milestone date for the whole Russian North. This day the 20 participants of amateur folk ensemble gave the first public concert.

    In 1935 Antonina Kolotilova was invited to work in the regional radio broadcasting committee. Together with 12 members of her ensemble she moved to Arkhangelsk. Later gift folk singers from various regions of Pomor North joined them. The unique ensemble began to travel around with concert tours which reached as far as Moscow and other cities of Russia. The artists gathered and processed various folk pieces, studied the local northern customs and tradition. Antonina Kolotilova invited Northern storytellers to participate in her programmes. In 1936 the Northern Folk Choir took part in the All-USSR Radio Festival. In 1940 it gained the status of a professional State group, which allowed supporting not only the choral group, but also own orchestra and ballet.

    When the Second World War broke out, the choir was in Veliky Ustyug. It started giving concert at military units and hospitals of Volkhov, Leningrad and Karelia Fronts. During the war period the artists gave over 1100 fields and front line performances.

    In 1948 Antonina Kolotilova received the State Prize of the USSR. In 1957 the ensemble became a prize-winner of the Moscow Youth and Students Festival, after that the choir started its successful activity abroad.

    From 1960 to 2008 Nina Konstantinovna Meshko led the choir. This period was marked by an untiring creative effort, and a quest for new expressive forms to be recaptured within the singular northern folklore. For high professionality and brightness of style the choir received the honorary title of "Academic" in 1976.

    The Northern Choir has always seen enlightenment as its important missionary component, and hence many of its programmes are devoted to children, youth and students audience. The choir has continuously travelled within Russia and abroad. "The most intimate parts of the French soul have been reached by artists from the Russian North. The audience became so powerfully affected that it refused to let the performers go, erupting in a storm of applause, many having tears in their eyes. It’s a triumph of the Russian Folk Art!" - commented French media on the choir’s performance.

    The Northern Choir is a prize-winner of first-rate international festivals and competitions, a permanent participant of major events in Russia. For the first time the ensemble took part in the Easter Festival in Moscow in spring 2004. Thenceforth the choir becomes a pearl of the festival. In 2008 Svetlana Ignatieva, Nina Meshko’s student, the Honored Artist of Russia, a prize-winner of all-Russia and international competitions, Professor of the Gnessins Academy of Music, became the Art Director of the choir.

    The ensemble consists of three groups: choir, dancing group and orchestra of Russian folk instruments. They rivet attention of audience to funny buffoonish dances and lyrical songs, to lively quadrilles and slow round dances, a cappella singing and instrumental compositions.

    Professional costume-designers create costumes for artists according to the best examples from museum's collections of Arkhangelsk, Moscow, St. Petersburg.

    The chief choreographer of the ensemble is Tatiana Gvozdeva, the Honored Cultural Worker of Russia.

    The director of the orchestra of Russian folk instruments is Alexander Kachaev, the Honored Artist of Russia.

  • Student choir of the Belarus State Academy of Music (Minsk)
    Artistic director and conductor — Inessa Bodyako 

    The Student choir of the Belarus State Academy of Music is one of the best professional musical groups in their country that have been honourably presenting Belarusian art on the world leading stages for half a century. The choir was organized at the times of the Academy foundation and for 45 years (1962-2007) it was led by the People’s Artist of the USSR professor Viktor Rovdo (1921-2007). He imparted in the choir a solid performing culture and brought the group to the high professional level. Now the professor’s student and successor the Head of the Chair of Choral Conducting Inessa Bodyako maintain the group’s reputation.

    The Student choir of the Belarus State Academy of Music was the first in Belarus to perform the oratorio Israel in Egypt by G.F Handel, the Requiem by Alfred Schnittke, the opera Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin. Within a programme of German-Belarusian cooperation the choir regularly plays on tour in Germany where they performed such monumental works as the mass c-moll by W.A. Mozart, symphony No. 13 by Dmitry Shostakovich, the operas Anna Bolena by Gaetano Donizetti and Il Corsaro by Giuseppe Verdi. One of the key projects of the group is “Choral pages of the 20th century” that already introduced to the audience modern Polish, Swiss, Bulgarian and Latin American choral music.

    The Student choir of the Belarus State Academy of Music is an awardee of international contests. Just recently they were rewarded on the VI International Choral Competition “The Singing World” named after Yuri Falik (2010, St. Petersburg), the V International Festival «Harmonyfestival» (Limbourg, Germany, 2011), the XIV International Choral Festival in Neuchatel (Switzerland, 2012), the 1st Xian Xinghai Prize International Choir Competition (Guangzhou, China, 2012).

  • Sveshnikov Boys Choir of the Moscow Choral School
    Victor Popov Academy of Choral Arts 

    Boys Choir is the oldest of all the Academy’s ensembles. It was created in 1944 by the famous Russian musician A.V. Sveshnikov who founded the Moscow Boys Choral School. Over the years the sound of the choir became a benchmark of high art.

    The history of the Boys Choir is connected with famous names and events. For 65 years the Choral School had educated about five hundred musicians who have made a great contribution to the cultural development of our country. Among these: conductors - A.Yurlov, V.Minin, B.Kulikov, E.Tytyanko, I.Raevsky, L.Nikolaev, E.Serov, composers - R.Shchedrin, A.Flyarkovsky, R.Boyko, V.Agafonnikov, V.Kikta , E.Artemev, singers - M.Nikiforov, V.Grivnov, D.Korchak, V.Ladyuk.

    Prokofiev and Shostakovich wrote music for the choir inspired by the sound of children's voices. The famous conductors such as N.Golovanov, E.Mravinsky, S.Samosud, K.Kondrashin performed with the choir, Z.Doluhanova, I.Petrov, I.Arkhipova, I.Kozlovsky always willingly sang with the choir.

    After a magnificent uprise in the first two decades in the life of the choir a lull became. Then A.V. Sveshnikov’s student, a master of choral art V.S. Popov took the lead in the ensemble which experiences a new creative ascent in the 70s.

    With the creation of the Academy of Choral Arts the Boys Choir became the part of the Academy Choir and at the same time it remained the independent creative ensemble.

    Nowadays the Sveshnikov Boys Choir of the Moscow Choral School continues an intensive creative activity. The ensemble collaborates with such famous conductors as V.Fedoseev, M.Pletnev, V.Spivakov, and others. The Boys Choir regularly gives solo concerts both in Russia and abroad.

    The Honoured Artist of Russia Alexander Shishonkov and Andrey Gerasimenko lead the Choir.

  • Vadim Sudakov Moscow State Capella
    Artistic director and conductor — Anatoly Sudakov 

    Moscow State Capella was founded in 1992 by prominent domestic choir conductor Vadim Sudakov. The Capella is an ensemble of new type. Reviving unique structure of capella, formed by to the 18th century as an ensemble of singers and instrumentalists, the Moscow State Capella includes two groups – the vocal ensemble, consisting of highly professional soloists, and the chamber instrumental cast, the core of which is on a piano quintet.

    Capella’s creative motto "Each artist is an individuality" reflects tendencies, which has started forming in vocal-choral art since the 70's of last century when chamber choirs appeared in Russia. Keeping centuries-old traditions of academic singing, the Capella strives for new forms of their realization to attract to the academic music as wide audience as possible.

    Twenty years has proved the relevance of such approach, completely filled halls, cordial welcome by the audience, positive comments in press. During this period the ensemble has given more than a thousand concerts in Moscow, cities of Russia, other foreign countries - Belarus, Abkhazia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, France.

    Outstanding mastery of the Capella’s founder, the Honored Artist of Russia, Georgia, Abkhazia, Professor Vadim Sudakov in many respects now still determine the ensemble’s art level. V.A. Sudakov (1935-2007) is a master of choral art, one of the heroes of the cultural renaissance, which Russia experienced in the middle of the 20th century when masterpieces of Russian sacred music were revived and chamber choir as a new form of performance appeared. Today the creative successor and the founder’s son, the Honored Artist of Russian Federation Anatoly Sudakov directs the Capella.

    The leading place in repertoire is devoted to choral classics of various time and style eras and styles, Russian sacred music, but at the same time the Capella permanently collaborates with contemporary composers: Vladislav Agafonnikov, Alexey Larin, Dmitry Dianov, Victor Uliyanich, and others. Special attention is paid to the programmes, where solo and instrumental numbers are merged into general composition with bright visual decoration (costumes, stage motion, choreography elements). The programmes “Ageless classic”, "Oh, Strauss, Strauss," "Fascinating Verdi", the ensemble visiting card "Concert Suite about Moscow", series of educational programmes for school children and youth are like that.

    Anatoly Sudakov

    The graduate of the Moscow Conservatory and assistantship, where he studied as a pianist in the class V.K. Merzhanov, consequently Anatoly Sudakov passed the course of special training in the class of choir conductor V.V. Sukhanov. Since of he was twelve he has been touring as a pianist with recitals, performed with orchestras both in Russia and abroad (Portugal, Holland, England, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia). He has been working in Capella, since he was a student: first as a concertmaster, leader of instrumental ensemble, then as an assistant of the Art Director. During this period he has been a music director and producer of many outstanding programmes ("Songs about Moscow", "Retro - Music Parade", "The Great Shostakovich", etc.). In 2006 he was awarded the title of the Honored Artist of the Russian Federation.

    During the time of the Capella’s direction Anatoly Sudakov staged a number of programmes, the most successful among them are suites "Carnaval Latino" and popular season tickets of the Moscow International House of Music "In labyrinths of the world opera" (in collaboration with the best soloists of Moscow opera companies), "In labyrinth of the world classics" .

  • Yurlov Russian State Academic Choir
    Artistic director and principal conductor — Gennady Dmitryak 

    The Yurlov Russian State Academic Choir is one of the oldest Russian music groups with almost age-old eventful history. Nowadays it is a flexible collective that performs successfully in Russia and abroad. The skills of the singers allow them to easily interpret a widest genre palette of choir music – from superfine Russian spiritual miniatures to fiery folk music, from large-scale opera items of classic-romantic tradition to complicated modern scores.

    A contemporary of the 20th century the choir under conduction of its first director Ivan Ivanovich Yukhov reached highest artistic skills before the revolution. The appointment of a new musical director Alexander Alexandrovich Yurlov (1927-1973) became fateful for the group. His creative work won worldwide fame to the Russian Republican Academic Choir, he revived the unique tradition of concert performance of Russian spiritual music, was the first to perform works by R.K. Shchedrin, D.D. Shostakovich, G.V. Sviridov. Gifted choirmasters Yury Ukhov and Stanislav Gusev became his successors.

    Since 2004 the choir has been working under direction of Gennady Alexandrovich Dmitryak – one of the leading Russian choirmasters and conductors, a musician of enormous creative energy truly devoted to cultivation of Russian vocal traditions.

    The Choir takes part in many Russian festivals (the Moscow Autumn, the Autumn Festival of Moscow Conservatory, the Moscow Easter Festival, the RNO Festival) and international shows in Spain, Greece, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania and other countries.

    During the last five years the Choir gave over 200 concerts in Russia (from Magadan to Kaliningrad) and abroad - in Poland, the Northern Korea, Spain, Greece, Britain, Belarus, Armenia, Baltic countries, Ukraine. In December 2011 the Choir became one of the “principle characters” on the opening ceremony of the Qatar amphitheatre within the limits of the IV United Nations Alliance of Civilization on the Arab peninsular.

    In autumn 2012 with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation the collective hold a festival in memory of A.A. Yurlov. Best Russian professional, student and folk choirs took part in this festival.

    During last years the Academic Choir appeared on the stage with best Russian orchestras: the State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov”, the Russian National Orchestra conducting by Mikhail Pletnev, the State Symphony Orchestra “Novaya Rossiya” and others, it collaborated with such conductors as V.A. Gergiev, Y.A. Bashmet. K Zanderling, M.V. Pletnev, V.I Fedoseev and others.

    Gennady Dmitryak

    Honoured Master of the Arts, professor of the Chair of Modern Choral Performing in the Moscow Conservatory and the Chair of Choral Conducting in the Gnesins Academy of music Gennady Dmitryak got education in the Gnesins Institute and in the Moscow Conservatory. The outstanding masters and delicate musicians A.A. Yurlos, K.P. Kondrashin, L.M. Ginburg, G.N. Rozhdestvensky, V.S. Popov, V.N. Minin were his mentors.

    He was lucky to collaborate with best Russian troupes: the Moscow Chamber opera theatre named after B. Pokrovsky, the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre, the theatre New Opera, the Russian State Choir of the USSR, the Moscow chamber choir under conduction of V.N. Minin.

    Creation of the choir The Moscow Kremlin became an important step in the Dmitryak’s artistic carrier. This group occupied a leading position in Russian music life and actively went on international tours. They totally gave over 1000 concerts.

    Maestro fully revealed his artistic potential while being the conductor of the Yurlov Russian State Academic Choir. Thankful to his high professionalism and creative energy the Choir established itself as a leader of Russian music collectives, the geography of its local and international tours expanded, the repertoire was enriched by many modern works. Gennady Dmitryak worked both as a choirmaster and a symphonic conductor. Due to this the Choir had an opportunity to implement a number of large musical projects in collaboration with famous orchestras. The wide repertoire of the maestro includes operas from Die Entführung aus dem Serail to Pagliacci), cantatas and oratorios (from the Magnificat and the Masse B-moll by Bach to Carmina Burana by C. Orff), some pieces of a capella music of 18th-20th centuries, modern scores by Shnitke, Shchedrin, Karamanov, Kancheli, Kabekin, A. Tchaikovsky, Rybnikov, Larin and others.

    Gennady Dmitryak was invited for recording of the new hymn of the Russian Federation. In 2004 together with of the Moscow Kremlin Choir he participated in the president Putin’s inauguration in the Great Kremlin Palace, he was also the chief choirmaster of the Great massed choir during the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War.

    The musician is one of the founders and the artistic director of the festival Kremlins and churches of Russia organized to acquaint a wide audience with Russian vocal-choir music.

    A.G. Dmitryak are always in the panel of all-Russian and international contests, for 6 years he managed muster classed of choral singing and conducting in the Serbian Summer Christian Academy in the monastery Studenica.

    Maestro made a record of many pieces of Russian sacred music of the last four centuries, issued over 20 CDs.

    He awarded a medal of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland of the 2nd class (2010). In 2012 he honoured a high award of the Russian Orthodox Church – the Order of Holy Prince Daniil of Moscow.

  • “Zvonochek” Boys Capella Choir from Kiev (Ukraine)
    Artistic director and conductor — Ruben Tolmachev 

    The “Zvonochek” Capella Choir was founded by the outstanding choirmaster, Eleorora Vinogradova, in 1966 at the Kiev Centre for Children and Youth. Because of its carefully selected repertoire and its individual style, the choir very quickly became famous in the Soviet Union as it took part in many festivals and was broadcast on television and radio. Among those who have collaborated with the choir are composers Dmitry Kabalevsky and Evgeny Stankovich, and conductors V. Turchak, V. Sharoev, and Roman Kofman. Since 2001 the Capella’s artistic director has been Honoured Artist of Ukraine, Ruben Tolmachev. At present “Zvonochek” is also a choral arts school comprising 200 singers from the ages of 5 to 45. The choir has an exceptionally broad repertoire, from Rachmaninov’s “Vespers” and the “Sacred Concertos” of Dmitry Bortnyansky to the motets and cantatas of J. S. Bach, and from American spirituals and gospel singing to Ukrainian folksongs arranged by Ruben Tolmachev.

    In recent years the choir has recorded five albums and often appeared in the Kiev Philharmonic and also in the Great Halls of both the Moscow Conservatory and the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, in the Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and St. Peter’s Cathedral in the Vatican among others. The Capella has won prizes at international competitions such as the Utrecht Choral Competition (2000), the International Silver Bells Competition (Latvia, 2004), and the International Singing World Choral Competition (Saint Petersburg, 2005 and 2007). In 2007 in honour of the 40th anniversary of the “Kolokolchik” Capella, it inaugurated a new project, the Musical Encounters International Choral Festival.

    The Capella’s concert singers are assisted by their choirmaster, Zhanna Bugai, and by vocal coach, Natalia Nakonechnaya.

    Ruben Tolmachev

    Ruben Tolmachev is a winner of the Ukrainian National Competition for Choral Conductors (2001), professor of the Choral Conducting Department of the National Music Academy of Ukraine, and also artistic director and arranger for the vocal sextet “ManSound”. In 1993 he became choirmaster for male voices in “Zvonochek”. Since 2001 he has been the artistic director of the Capella.

    “Ruben Tolmachev is clearly a multi-faceted and gifted musician. The famous Ukrainian choir ‘Zvonochek’ has taken on a fresh, brilliant and dynamic sheen thanks to Mr. Tolmachev’s energy and the intelligence with which he selects and uses its repertoire (and just as certainly because of the original arrangements he contributes). A concert given by the Capella under his direction is always a big event.” This is how composer, creative maestro and People’s Artist of Ukraine, Lesya Dychko, describes Mr. Tolmachev.

    Mr. Tolmachev is always on the lookout for something creative; under his leadership the repertoire of the Capella has expanded; and the choir gives programmes in the best concert venues and churches in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities as well as throughout Russia and Europe.

  • Larisa Gergieva
    Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers 

    Realizing the precious nature of a rough stone is much easier than hearing a voice and realizing the dramatic gift in a not yet fully developed young artist.

    Larisa Gergieva is a sensitive pedagogue and accompanist, whose complex and painstaking work at the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers consist of discovering, hearing and enabling the development of the voice and talent of a young singer. The result of this simultaneously immense and rigorous effort is held in great esteem by all the Mariinsky Theatre’s admirers worldwide. The Mariinsky Theatre is associated mainly with beautiful voices.

    Larisa Abisalovna Gergieva is the Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers and Artistic Director of the State Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Northern Ossetia-Alania (Vladikavkaz). Larisa Gergieva has long been a major cultural figure in vocal music internationally. She has outstanding musical and organisational skills and is one of the finest vocal accompanists in the world as well as being the director and a jury-member of numerous prestigious international vocal competitions.

    In the course of her artistic career, Larisa Gergieva has trained 96 prize-winners of all-Union, all-Russian and international competitions. Her repertoire includes over 100 operas which she has rehearsed for various theatres throughout the world. During her years at the Mariinsky Theatre, Larisa Gergieva has appeared as Principal Concert-Mistress both at the theatre and at the Concert Hall on productions of Les Contes d’Hoffmann (2000), The Golden Cockerel (2003), The Stone Guest (semi-staged version), The Snow Maiden (2004), Ariadne auf Naxos (2004 and 2011), Il viaggio a Reims, The Tale of Tsar Saltan (2005), Die Zauberflöte, Falstaff (2006), The Love for Three Oranges (2007), Il barbiere di Siviglia (semi-staged version, 2008), Rusalka, The Opera of How Ivan Ivanovich Quarrelled with Ivan Nikiforovich, The Marriage, The Lawsuit, Shponka and His Aunt, The Carriage and May Night (2009), The Station Master (2011), My Fair Lady and Don Quichotte (2012).

    On 32 occasions Larisa Gergiev has been voted best accompanist at various vocal competitions, among them the BBC International Competition (Great Britain), the Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow), the Chaliapin Competition (Kazan), the Rimsky-Korsakov Competition (St Petersburg) and the Diaghilev Competition (Perm) to name but a few.

    She appears at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall (New York), La Scala (Milan), Wigmore Hall (London), La Monnaie (Brussels), the Grand Théâtre (Luxembourg), the Grand Théâtre (Geneva), the Gulbenkian Center (Lisbon), the Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire and the Great and Small Halls of the St Petersburg Philharmonic. With the theatre’s soloists as well as soloists from the Academy of Young Opera Singers she has toured to Argentina, Austria, Great Britain, France, the USA, Canada, Germany, Poland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, China and Finland. She has taken part in prestigious music festivals in Verbier (Switzerland), Colmar and Aix-en-Provence (France), Salzburg (Austria) and Edinburgh (Great Britain), Shalyapin festival in Kazan (Tatarstan), and others.

    For over ten years Larisa Gergieva has held seminars at the Russian Union of Theatre Workers for Russian concert-masters of Russia’s opera houses and music theatres about teaching methods and training singers for the stage.

    Since 2005 she has been the Artistic Director of the State Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Northern Ossetia-Alania (Vladikavkaz). Over this period the theatre has staged some 25 productions including the ballet The Nutcracker and the operas Carmen, Iolanta and Manon Lescaut, Il trovatore (in which Larisa Gergieva appeared as the Stage Director). The highlight of the last season were the productions of Handel’s opera Agrippina and three one-act operas by contemporary Ossetian composers based on Alanian eposes starring soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers.

    Larisa Gergieva has recorded 21 CDs with acclaimed singers including Olga Borodina, Valentina Tsydypova, Galina Gorchakova, Lyudmila Shemchuk, Georgy Zastavny and Grayr Khanedanian, Daniil Shtoda.

    Larisa Gergieva directs the International Rimsky-Korsakov and Lisitsian Competitions, the International Summer Academy (Mikkeli, Finland), the Larisa Gergieva and Guests international festival and the Art-Solo mono-performance festival (Vladikavkaz).

    She was awarded the honorary titles of the People’s Artist of Russia, People’s Artist of Ukraine, People’s Artist of the Republic of Northern Ossetia-Alania. She has received an award from the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation for "Achievement in culture", Order of St Anna from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, medal «To the Glory of Ossetia».

  • Maria Bayankina
    Soprano 

    Maria Bayankina was born in the Sverdlovsk Region. She graduated with distinction in 2009 from the vocals faculty of the Russian Gnesins’ Academy of Music (class of Professor Sheveleva). Then she was a post-graduate student at the Russian Gnesins’ Academy of Music (class of Professor Sheveleva). Since 2007 she was a leading soloist with the Petit Opera Creative Group (Board of the Open Stage project of the City of Moscow Department of Culture). Since 2010 she has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers. At the Mariinsky Theatre she has performed in the opera La Traviata as Violetta.

    She is a prize winner of the Festos Moscow Student Art Festival (2004), the International Festival and Competition (Ruza, 2009), the I International Young Opera Singers’ Competition in Memory of Maxim Mikhailov (Cheboksary, 2010), the I All-Russian young vocalists’ competition “The Future of Musical Theatre” which marked one hundred and ten years since the birth of the composer Vissarion Shebalin (Omsk, 2012).

  • Andrei Bondarenko
    Baritone 

    Andrei Bondarenko graduated from the National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music of Ukraine in 2009. In 2005-2007 he was the soloist of the National Philharmonic of the Ukraine. In 2007 he joined the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers. Roles performed at the Mariinsky Theatre include: The Third company officer (The Carriage), Proletov (The Lawsuit), Podkolesin (The Marriage), Minsky (The Station Master), Silvano (Un ballo in maschera), Guglielmo (Cosí fan tutte), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande). He was the first performer of the role of Minsky in the world premiere of Alexander Smelkov's opera The Station Master, staged at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre in 2011.

    He is a prize-winner of the International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition (St.-Petersburg, 2006), the All-Russian Nadezhda Obukhova Young Opera Singers’ Competition (Moscow, 2008), the International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition (Warsaw, 2010), a finalist of the Plácido Domingo's Operalia Competition (Milan, 2010), BBC Cardiff Singer of the World finalist and Song Prize winner (Cardiff, 2011). The singer has toured to Italy, France, the UK, Switzerland, Finland. In 2009 Andrei Bondarenko has participated in the programme for young opera singers at the Salzburg Festival, where he made his debut as Gregory in Romeo and Juliet by Gounod in 2010. In 2011 he made his debut at Carnegie Hall with a programme dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the hall. In 2012 he made his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival as Marseille in La Bohème.

  • Grigory Chernetsov
    Baritone 

    Grigory Chernetsov was born in Yakutsk. At the age of six he started to sing in the boys’ choir under the President of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). He graduated from the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. Nowadays he is a soloist of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers.

    Grigory Chernetsov is a prize-winner of the national TV competition “North Star 2005”, the international festival “Hopes of Europe” 2007, the International Elena Obraztsova Young Opera Singers’ Competition (1st prize), the V All-Russian Nadezhda Obukhova Young Opera Singers’ Competition (1st prize). Grigory Chernetsov toured to China, Italy, England and France.

  • Gelena Gaskarova
    Soprano 

    Gelena Gaskarova graduated from the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. Since 2001 she has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers. At the theater she has performed such roles as Oxana (Christmas Eve), Iolanta (Iolanta), Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), Volkhova (Sadko), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Micaëla (Carmen), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Antonia (Les contes d'Hoffman), Rusalka (Dvořák’s Rusalka), Maria (West Side Story), Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady). She is a prize-winner of the International Lisitsian Competition (Vladikavkaz, 2004), the International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition (St Petersburg, 2004 and 2008), the VII International Moniuszko Vocal Competition (Warsaw, 2010). Gelena Gaskarova is a guest soloist at the Latvian National Opera in Riga and at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

    In 2009 she took part in the concert conducted by Valery Gergiev in Rotterdam. At the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse she made her debut as Tatiana (Eugene Onegin, 2009), then she played the part of Iolanta (Iolanta, 2010).

    She sang the part of Tatiana at the Pleyel concert hall in 2010, the part of Iolanta at the Opéra-Théatre de Metz Métropol and a theatre of Nansy (France) in 2013. Together with Larisa Gergieva she performed in Vienna, Florence, Venice and Rome.

  • Yelena Karpesh
    Soprano 

    Yelena Karpesh graduated from the vocals faculty of the Byelorussian State Academy of Music in 2006 (class of L.K. Kaslorskaya). Completed a postgraduate study at the Byelorussian State Academy of Music in 2008. At the opera studio of the Byelorussian State Opera and Ballet Theatre she performed the role of Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin.

    Since 2008 she has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers. At the Mariinsky Theatre she has performed: Nun (The Fiery Angel), Manilov's Mother, Bobelina (Dead Souls), Peasant Woman (Shponka and His Aunt), Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Suor Osmina (Suor Angelica), Annina (La Traviata), Princess (Dvořák’s Rusalka). Her repertoire also includes: Liù (Turandot), Adrienne (Adrienne Lecouvreur), Francesca (Francesca da Rimini), Salomé (Hérodiade), Wally (La Wally) and Armida (Rinaldo). Yelena Karpesh has performed concerts in the CIS, Germany, France, the Czech Republic and Poland.

  • Ilya Selivanov
    Tenor 

    Ilya Selivanov was born in St. Petersburg. In 2007 he graduated with honors from the St. Petersburg Glinka State School. In 2012 he graduated from the conducting and choral faculty of the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. Nowadays he is a 5th-year student of the vocal faculty of the Conservatory. Since 2012 he has been a soloist of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers. His repertoire includes such parts as Lensky (Eugene Onegin), Alfredo (La Traviata), Vaudemont (Iolanta).

  • Yekaterina Sergeyeva
    Mezzo-soprano 

    Yekaterina Sergeyeva is a prize-winner of the International Lisitsian Competition (Vladikavkaz, 2005), the VII International Zara Dolukhanova Amber Nightingale Competition (Kaliningrad, 2008), the diploma-recipient at the International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition (prize for best performance of a contemporary work, St Petersburg, 2006). She graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in 2005; soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers since 2004. Her repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes such parts as: Blanche (The Gambler), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Polina, Milovzor (The Queen of Spades), Laura (Iolanta), Youngster, Lel (The Snow Maiden), Linetta, Nicoletta (The Love for Three Oranges), Suor Dolcina (Suor Angelica), Siegrune (Die Walküre), The Maid (Elektra), Dryad (Ariadne auf Naxos), Nicklausse (Les contes d'Hoffmann)

    The Beautiful Dulcinée (Don Quichotte), The Girl (West Side Story in concert), and others.

    At the Hermitage Theatre she has appeared as Mary Magdalene (The Messiah, Son of Man). In 2009 together with Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra she took in a recording of the opera Elektra. In 2010 as part of Monaco National Day celebrations, the Congress Centre of the Grimaldi Forum hosted the premiere of a production of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin featuring Yekaterina Sergeyeva. She also featured in a production of the opera Iolanta alongside Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczała.

    Together with the Mariinsky Opera Company, she has toured to Germany (Baden-Baden), Japan and the USA. In 2010 she took part in the Tiroler Festspiele.

  • Irina Shishkova
    Mezzo-soprano 

    Irina Shishkova was born in St. Petersburg. She graduated from the vocals faculty of the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (class of senior lecturer Grayr Khanedanian). Irina Shishkova is a prize-winner of the All-Russian Alexander Pirogov Competition (1st prize, Ryazan, 2006), a recipient of the Hope prize of the International Mikhail Glinka International Competition (Chelyabinsk, 2006), a recipient of the Best Debut prize of the International Elena Obraztsova Young Opera Singers’ Competition (St Petersburg, 2007), a prize-winner of the International Rimsky-Korsakov Opera Singers’ Competition (St Petersburg, 2009), a diploma-recipient of the Competizione dell’Opera International Opera Competition (Dresded, 2010)

    In 2008 she made her debut at the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in the title role of Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen. At the Novosibirsk Opera she has also performed the roles of Polina and Milovzor in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades. At the Mariinsky Theatre she has performed in the series of concerts Eras and Styles. Since 2010 she has been a soloist with the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers. At the Mariinsky theatre her repertoire includes: Princess Clarice (The Love for Three Oranges), The Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Garcias (Don Quichotte). Also she performs the following parts: Lyubasha (The Tsar’s Bride), Joan (The Maid of Orleans), Carmen (Carmen), Dido (Dido and Aeneas) and Siebel (Faust).

    She has toured to South Korea and the USA. Frequently she takes part in music festivals in Russia and abroad.

  • Bell-Ringers
     

    MOSCOW

    Yaroslav Timofeev

    A professional musician Yaroslav Timofeev started to play the piano at the age of four and to ring bells at eleven. In 2010 he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory and now is doing postgraduate studies there at the same time working as a musical reviewer in “The Izvestia”. He is a prize-winner of the Rachmaninov International Pianists competition (Veliky Novgorod, 2000), the International contest “I am composer” (St. Petersburg, 2004), the International Rubinstein competition “Artist – Composer” (St. Petersburg, 2004), the Russian Festival of Bell-Ringers (Yaroslavl, 1999), of the International Festival of Bell-Ringers (Yaroslavl, 2006). He takes part in solo and ensemble bell-ringing. Also as a bell-ringer he participates in concerts of the Moscow Conservatory Symphony Orchestra.

    Viktor Kotelnikov

    Viktor Kotelnikov has ringed bells since 2003. He works as senior research assistant at the Russian Institute for Cultural Research. He has been a bell-ringer at the Church of Saints Florus and Laurus in Zatsepa since 2003, at the Church of the Transfiguration in Peski since 2011.

    Oksana Surina

    She works as a research scientist and guide at the Museum-Reserve Kolomenskoe. She started to ring bells at the small bell-tower in the Rostov Kremlin in Rostov Veliky, where she had worked in the department of science and arts. Oksana Surina is a participant of many bell-ringing festivals. Nowadays she rings bells at the bell-towers of Rostov Veliky and Moscow, including the Church of St George the Victorious in Kolomenskoe.

    BAD LAASPHE (Germany)

    Yekaterina Danilova

    Yekaterina Danilova studied at the Belarusian school of bell ringers in 2003. Since 2005 she has been a participant of many bell-ringing festivals. Before leaving for Germany she is a bell-ringer at the Church of the “Joy to All Afflicted” Icon of the Mother of God in Minsk and the Optina Startsy Church in Minsk as well as the Church of the Ascension in Fanipol and the Church of the Assumption in Semkovo village of the Minsk region.

    VELIKY NOVGOROD

    Vyacheslav Volkhonsky

    Vyacheslav Volkhonsky, historian by training, is a prize-winner of the III International Contest of Bell-Ringers (Yaroslavl, 2005). Since 1998 he has been a bell-ringer at the St. Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod, an employee of the Novgorod Museum. The sphere of his scientific interests is bells of the 15th-17th centuries in Novgorod and Pskov.

    Vyacheslav Volkhonsky is a participant of bell-ringing festivals in Yaroslavl (1999, 2001-2010), Novgorod (2000-2010), Moscow (2005-2011), Rostov Veliky (2006), Vologda (2008), Saratov (2009), Kargopol (2010-2011).

    VOLOGDA

    Ensemble of Bell-ringers of the Cathedral of St. Sophia in Vologda

    The ensemble was created by the priest Father Roman Sennikov in 1988.

    Grigory Pavlov

    He has been ringing the bells of the Cathedral of St.Sophia in Vologda since 1991. Together with the ensemble he took part in the II Festival of Bell-Ringers in Yaroslavl (1999). Grigory is a diploma winner and a prize-winner of the special prize “For Loyalty to Traditions of Russian Bell Ringing”.

    Oleg Timofeev

    He is a professional bell-ringer and musician who got the State Youth Prize of the Vologda region. Oleg studied the wind and the percussion instruments at the Vologda Music School. He is one of the founders of the Male Chamber Choir of the Gavrilin Vologda State Philharmonics, of the vocal band “White Lake” and the Male Chamber Choir of the Vologda Kremlin. In 1998 he joined the Ensemble of Bell-Ringers of the Cathedral of St. Sophia in the Vologda Kremlin. Together with the ensemble he participates in largest world festivals including the Moscow Easter Festival, the festival “Crystal Chime” (Kargopol), “The Transfigutation” (Yaroslavl). Since 1994 he has been a choirman in Vologda churches.

    DONETSK (Ukraine)

    Igor Poklad

    Igor Poklad is a bell-ringer of the St. Nicholas Bishopric Cathedral. He learned the campanology himself. He is a participant of the Dnipro bells (2010) in Dnepropetrovsk. He rings bells during 3 years.

    YEKATERINBURG

    Ignat Karachev

    Ignat Karachev is a bell-ringer from the age of eleven. He learned with the principal ringer of the Yekaterinburg diocese. Nowadays he is the senior instructor at the Orthodox bell-ringers courses in Yekaterinburg and the senior bell-ringer at the Great Chrysostom’s Church.

    Georgy Svetlakov

    Georgy Svetlakov has been a bell-ringer since 2004. He learned with the senior ringer of the Yekaterinburg diocese. Since 2004 he has been a bell-ringer at the St. Seraphim Sarovsky parish. Nowadays he is a bell-ringer at the Great Chrysostom’s Church and an instructor at the Orthodox bell-ringers courses in Yekaterinburg diocese.

    KALINKOVICHI (Belarus)

    Yuri Sudas

    Yuri Sudas is a diploma winner of the national contest of bell-ringers in Yaroslavl (2005). He is a participant of many bell-ringing festivals and competitions. Yuri Sudas learned the campanology himself and practiced with A.Malinovsky. Since 1999 he has been a bell-ringer at the Kazan Church in Kalinkovichi.

    KIEV (Ukraine)

    Elena Molchanova

    Elena Molchanova was born in Kiev. In 2004 she graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Music, majoring in flute. She is a prize winner of international competitions. In 2004-2007 she was playing in the band of Russian folk instruments “Kupel”. In 2007 Elena Molchanova graduated from the Minsk school of bell-ringers. Nowadays she lives in Kiev and teaches in a music school. She is a bell-ringer of the Church of St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker.

    MINSK (Belarus)

    Alexandra Kvyatkovskaya

    In 2006 she graduated from the Minsk school of bell-ringers. Nowadays she is studying in Minsk Theological College to become a cantor.

    OMSK

    Ksenia Belik

    She is a bell-ringer of the Church of Sylvester Omsky the Martyr, a teacher of the bell-ringers school at the Bell-Ringers’ Center.

    Anton Davidenko

    He has been a bell-ringer of St. Nicholas Cossack Cathedral since 1999.

    Yulia Davidenko

    She has been a bell-ringer since 2000. She rings bells at the Church of the “Joy to All Afflicted” Icon of the Mother of God and the St. Nicholas Cossack Cathedral.

    Vladimir Malovechkin

    Since 1996 he has been a bell-ringer of the Church of John the Sanctifier, the Metropolitan of Tobolsk, Christmas, St. Nicholas Cossack. In 2005 he was admitted by Metropolitan Theodosius to organize the bell-ringers school. He takes part in the work of the foundation for the restoration of main Omsk sanctuary – Assumption Cathedral. Vladimir Malovechkin is a coordinator of the festival "Bells of Porkov".

    Olga Prokopieva

    Olga Prokopieva teaches at the school of art of Omsk. Since 2002 she has sung in the choir of the Church of the “Joy to All Afflicted” Icon of the Mother of God. Since 2004 she has been a bell-ringer of the same church. Nowadays Olga Prokopieva rings bells at Nikolo-Ignatievscky Cathedral.

    Sergei Hinich

    Since 2004 he has been a bell-ringer of the Church of the Icon of Our Lady of Kazan in Omsk. Nowadays he is a bell-ringer of the Nikolo-Kazansky Cathedral.

    PAVLOGRAD (Ukraine)

    Vasily Plisov

    Vasily Plisov learned the campanology himself. He started to ring bells in 1997. Nowadays he is a bell-ringer at the

    Cathedral of the Savior Holy Face.

    PETROZAVODSK

    Nadezhda Bykadorova

    She graduated from the Petrozavodsk College of Music (bassoon faculty). Since 2005 she has begun to ring bells at the bell-tower of the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Nadezhda Bykadovora is a participant of bell-ringing festivals in Kargopol, Lahdenpohja and Novgorod. Nowadays she is a bell-ringer and chanter of the Church of the Holy Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon.

    Kirill Gureev

    Kirill Gureev graduated from the Petrozavodsk Professional Music School (percussion faculty). Nowadays he studies in the Petrozavodsk State Conservatory majoring in ethnomusicology. Since 2005 he has been a bell-ringer of the Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Kirill Gureev is a participant of bell-ringing festivals in Novgorod Lahdenpohja, Kargopol and Moscow.

    RIGA (Latvia)

    Elena Grandova

    She graduated from Minsk school of bell-ringers. Since Easter 1996 Elena Grandova has been a bell-ringer of the Riga Holy Trinity-Sergius Convent. From 2002 to 2010 she was obedient bell-ringer and cantor of the Transfiguration Church in Limbaži. Elena Grandova is a participant of bell-ringers’ festivals in Moscow and Mogilev. The obtained experience allowed to organize the first bell-ringers’ festival in Latvia (2008) .

    RYBINSK

    Valery Kraskovsky

    Valery Kraskovsky graduated from the Tomsk Polytechnic Institute with a degree of the mechanic engineer. In 2003-2005 he attends master classes of bell-ringers in Yaroslavl. He is an apprentice of Igor Konovalov, Valery Garanin and others. He ringed bells on bell-towers of various churches of Rybinsk, Yaroslavl, Rostov, Uglich. Nowadays Valery Kraskovsky is a bell-ringer of the Church of the Icon of the Blessed Virgin of Iver in Yaroslavl and the church of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk in Rybinsk.

    SAMARA

    Galina Prytykovskaya

    Galina Prytykovskaya graduated from the bell-ringers’ school at the Samara bell center. During 3 years she is the senior bell-ringer at the Church of All Saints, the second bell-ringer at the Saints Cyril and Methodius Cathedral. She teaches bells at the ecclesiastical center "Cyrillic".

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Elena Dybina

    Elena Dybina is a student of the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg Conservatory (ethnomusicology faculty). She works as a teacher at youth center. She started ringing bells in Vologda in the bell-ringers ensemble of the St. Sophia Cathedral. In St. Petersburg she attended campanology school and was a V.S. Kaychuk’s trainee. At the present she rings bell at the Church of Saints Konstantin and Elena.

    Marat Kapranov

    Marat Kapranov is a diploma winner of bell-ringers international competitions. He is guitarist, member of the St. Petersburg ringers’ ensemble, a trainer in bell-ringers school at the Cathedral of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God and the bell-ringers’ school at the Church of the Presentation of the Lord. Marat Kapranov is a bell-ringer at the Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Old Village. He is an author of the unique technique of improvisational approach to learning to ring bells which is based on the analysis of the Russian traditional bells. Most everybody of his students, graduates of the bell-ringers school, ring bells at churches of St. Petersburg.

    Kristina Tonkikh

    Kristina Tonkikh is a diploma winner of the bell-ringing contest in Yaroslavl (2006). In 2001 she graduated from the music faculty of the Teachers college. He practiced bells with A.E. Ivanov at the bell-ringers school of the Church of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God. Since 2003 she has rung the bells at St. Petersburg’s bell-towers. Kristina Tonkikh is a participant of festivals in Moscow, Yaroslavl, Tikhvin, Chişinău.

    TYUMEN

    Yevgeny Volkov

    Yevgeny Volkov learned the campanology himself. He practiced with different bell-ringers in Moscow, Arkhangelsk, Novgorod. He has been a bell-ringer at the Znamensky Cathedral since 1996, the principal bell-ringer at the Church of All Saints in Tyumen since 2004.

    YAROSLAVL

    Andrei Bukin

    In 1981 Andrei Bukin graduated from the Yaroslavl Polytechnic Institute (building faculty). He is a leading specialist in computer-aided technologies. In 2006 he completed his training in Yaroslavl’s campanology school. He is a bell-ringer at the Church of Nikita the Martyr in Yaroslavl.

    Oksana Konovalova

    Oksana Konovalova is a professional musician, cantor. She is a bell-ringer at the Epiphany Church in Yaroslavl. She was trained in old Moscow tradition of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra and the Holy Dormition Pskovo-Pechersky (Pskov-Caves) Monastery. She has been a bell-ringer since 1996. She is a prize-winner of the II All-Russian and III International bell-ringers contests which took place in Yaroslavl in 1999 and 2004. Since 1999 she has been a regular participant of the bell-ringing festivals in Moscow and Yaroslavl.



Festival’s calendar:
Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
26 27 28 29 30 31 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Festival’s geography:

Close