General provisions

The Folk Instruments Department is a division of the International Music Academy. It was established last year. In recent years, there is a common rise of interest to folk instruments: virtuoso performers are in-demand, and mixed ensembles appear, combining both academic and folk genres in a so called “crossover” style.

From 14 to 20 February, the Folk Instruments Department in Sochi will host lessons by the major masters and professors of the leading Russian musical institutions: Friedrich Lips, world-known accordionist, honoured artist of Russia, Head of the Folks Instruments Department at the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music; Dmitry Dmitrienko, Artistic Director of Rossiya, the L.G.Zykina State academic Russian folk ensemble, Head of the Folk Instruments Department of the State Musical Pedagogical Institute named after M.M. Ippolitov-Ivanov; Alexander Tsygankov, a major Russian domra-player, composer, and honored artist of Russia, professor at the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music; Valery Zazhygin, one of the major contemporary balalaika players – honored artist of Russia, professor at the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music; and Mikhail Dzyudz, a legendary virtuoso performer at the exotic double bass balalaika, one of founders of the unique Terem-Quartet. The Department specialties were extended by the traditional Russian folk instrument – ringed gusli, their know-how is explained by Konstantin Shakhanov, the composer, performer and professor of St. Petersburg School of Music.

This year, the Folk Instruments Department will get a new specialty – the ensembles. Master-classes on ensembles will be directed by the professor of the Herzen State Pedagogical University and the Rimsky-Korsakov Music College (St. Petersburg), the visiting soloist of the orchestra of Mariinsky Theater Denis Penugin (balalaika); and Andrey Dolgov, the artistic director and composer of TeremA, the National Instruments Orchestra (St.Petersburg).

On the 17th and 18th February, the Workshops on performance management and marketing will be held. The Workshops will be directed by Inga Kutyanskaya (Director of TeremA, the National Instruments Orchestra, manager of “Terem-Quartet”; founder of the ethno-fusion marathon “National Collection” and the The Queen Song Festival, executive director of Ornament, the Fund for assistance to the musical culture development) and producer and culture expert Ivan Shramkov.

The Department activities will complete with a Gala concert on the 19th February in the Organ Hall of Sochi Philharmonic Hall. Young performers will appear at the same stage with high rank musicians. The concert will include the ensemble contest which should add “drive” to the whole event.

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PROFESSORS OF THE FOLK INSTRUMENTS DEPARTMENT

Folk instruments Department at the Music Academy of the XII Winter International Arts Festival in Sochi

Dmitry Dmitriyenko (bayan)

Laureate of international competitions, head of department “orchestra folk instruments” of State Musical Pedagogical Institute named after M.M. Ippolitov-Ivanov

Friedrich Lips (bayan)

People’s artist of Russia, professor of bayan and accordion department of Gnessin Russian Academy of Music

Alexander Tsygankov (domra)

People’s artist of Russia, professor of wind folk instruments department of Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, composer

Valery Zazgygin (balalaika)

People’s artist of Russia, professor of wind folk instruments department of Gnessin Russian Academy of Music

Mikhail Dzudze (balalaika-bass)

Honored artist of Russia, one of the founders of a unique Terem quartet, leading concert performer on balalaika-bass

Konstantin Shahanov (ringing harps)

Composer, executer and author of “School of ringing harps”

Denis Penugin (ensemble)

Professor of balalaika, instrumentation and ensemble in the N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov Musical College. Professor of balalaika in the Saint Petersburg Musical Lyceum. Professor of the A.I. Herzen State Pedagogical University

Andrey Dolgov (ensemble)

Artistic director and conductor of Orchestra of national instruments “Terema” (Sanct-Petersburg)

Inga Kutyanskaya

Producer, director of Orchestra of national instruments “Terema” (Sanct-Petersburg), founder of etno-fusion marathon “National collection” and festival “Tsaritsa of song", executive director of foundation for the promotion of musical culture "Ornament"

Ivan Shramkov

Musician, producer, cultural scientist

REGULATIONS III International Musical Academy of Winter International Arts Festival in Sochi

The Academy is conducted in order to identify and support gifted children and creative youth of promising is an effective form of search and development of talented young musicians.

- Alexander Tchaikovsky, composer