GUILFORD >> The only North American balalaika/piano ensemble, the Russian Duo will perform in Wendy's House Concert Series in Guilford on Sunday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. ($15/person at the door).
Based in Cleveland, Ohio, the Russian Duo combines traditional music and classical elegance in a unique way. Oleg Kruglyakov, balalaika virtuoso, and Terry Boyarsky, masterful pianist, have teamed up for exuberant performances of soulful, passionate music. Their collaboration highlights the mysterious sounds of the balalaika underscored by the vast expressive range of the piano. Featuring vocals and Russian percussion, their extensive repertoire draws from Russian folk music, romances, dances, classical music, gypsy melodies and Russian songs.
For the past nine years, the Russian Duo has been performing across the North America from Ontario to Florida and from Massachusetts to Oregon. This will be their fifth performance in southern Vermont!
The Hartford Advocate wrote, "explosive talent . . . see these dazzling musicians in action."
In addition to extensive private training as a pianist, Terry Boyarsky holds an BA in Eurhythmics from the Cleveland Institute of Music and an MA in Ethnomusicology from Kent State University. She has further training from the Dalcroze School in New York City, two levels of Orff Schulwerk, and was one of sixteen Ohio artists selected to participate in the Kennedy Center for the Arts Seminars "Artists as Educators" from 2004 to 2007.
Oleg Kruglyakov was born in Omsk City, Siberia, Russia. He has a keen ear for musical styles and a deep respect for cultural tradition. Oleg began playing the balalaika at age 7 and later was educated at the renowned Ekaterinburg Conservatory. He is a protégé of Yevgeny Grigorovich Blinov, the foremost balalaika virtuoso of the Soviet Union, who performed the world over. Oleg has performed as balalaika soloist with many Russian folk groups. From 1989-91 he toured Moscow, St. Petersburg, Siberia and Ukraine with the Urals State Folk Choir. Between 1993 and 1998, he traveled with the Urals Folk Ensemble "Prikamie" performing in France, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Malta and Turkmenistan. Oleg moved to the United States in 1998 to become part of "Moscow Nights" touring extensively in Canada, Alaska and 45 states in the Continental United States. In 2007, he and Terry formed the Russian Duo. www.russianduo.com
Call 802-254-6189 for information and directions.