During the XIII Winter International Arts Festival in Sochi, the gala-concert will be taking place on February 14 – 19 to feature the button accordion, balalaika, contrabass balalaika, domra, folk singing, folk instrumental ensembles.
The educational part of the Sochi Festival is devoted to Russian instrumental folk music for the third time. The interest towards folk performance subsided in the first post-Soviet years after the Soviet “folk boom” which had been fostered to maintain the Socialist realism doctrine. The recent years, however, have seen a new surge of interest towards folk instruments. Virtuoso performers receive growing attention; there also appear crossover music ensembles combining classical and folk traditions.
The Folk Department of the International Musical Academy in Sochi will be chaired by Dmitry Dmitrienko, the artistic director of Zykina State Folk Ensemble Rossyia, and the chair of the department of folk instruments of the Ippolitov-Ivanov State Musical Pedagogical Institute.
The classes will be conducted by the distinguished musicians, professors of the leading Russian musical institutions. Among them is the famous button accordion player, People’s Artist of Russia, chair of the department of folk instruments of the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music Friedrich Lips; one of the most influential domra players, composer, People’s Artist of Russia, professor of the department of folk instruments of the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music Alexander Tsygankov; the leader of the Osipov National Folk Orchestra, professor of the department of folk instruments of the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music, laureate of all-Russian and international competitions Ekaterina Mochalova (domra); one of the best balalaika players of the modernity, People’s Artist of Russia, professor of the department of folk instruments Zykina State Folk Ensemble Rossyia Valery Zazhigin; the legendary virtuoso of the exotic contrabass balalaika, one of the founders of Terem Quartet Mikhail Dzyudze. The classes in folk singing will be conducted by the singer of Zykina State Folk Ensemble Rossyia, laureate of the Romansiada international competition Irina Krutova; the classes in concertmastership – by the first concertmaster of the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music Nelly Pchelintseva.
As well as in the last year, the Department of Folk Music will arrange master-classes in folk ensemble music-making. They will be conducted by the professor of the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia and the Rimsky-Korsakov Musical College (St. Petersburg), invited soloist of the Mariinsky theatre orchestra Denis Pinyugin (balalaika) and the art director and conductor of the folk orchestra Terema Andrey Dolgov (St. Petersburg).
The work of the Folk Department will result in the gala-concert on February 19, which will take place in the Organ Hall of the Sochi Philharmonic. The young musicians will perform together with the distinguished musicians; they will play both original pieces and adaptations of popular classical pieces for rare combinations of instruments. The concert will also include a competition of instrumental ensembles, which will contribute to the emotional charge of the event.