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.