The fourteenth annual Russian Night will be held on Friday, Feb 22 2019 at Peterloon Estate . The evening will include a gourmet Russian dinner in the wonderful Peterloon Estate, a live concert, as well as vodka tasting throughout the evening and a live auction! All proceeds will benefit our fund raising campaign for our new church in Loveland, Ohio. You can support our region’s preservation of Russian culture by attending this festive evening and getting your own “taste” of Russia! For more information contact Anya Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 513-248-2293
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Barynya Balalaika Trio (est. 1991) has been invited to perform at some of the most prestigious cultural venues in the United States, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the Smithsonian Institute of America in Washington D.C., the United Nations in New York, and the Russian Embassy in Washington D.C.
Barynya is globally recognized and boasts an impressive client roster of dignitaries, politicians, celebrities and organizations from around the world. The group performed at the black-tie Gala after the Liberty
Medal was presented to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev by President George H.W. Bush in 2008. The prestigious event was attended by over one thousand dignified guests including the likes of Tom Brokaw, Dikembe Mutumbo and Van Cliburn.Barynya also performs annually at the Russian Nobility Ball for the Russian Nobility Association in New York.
Barynya Balalaika Trio home page:
Mikhail Smirnov, artistic director and founder:
Mikhail Victorovich Smirnov was born in Moscow, Russia in 1966. He has been in the business of Russian folk dance and music for more than 25 years. Mikhail (Russian: Михаил Викторович Смирнов) is an author of many articles about traditional Russian dance, music and instruments in English and Russian. Mikhail received his Master’s degree from the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts. As a child, he was a member of the famous “Moscow Boys Chorus” – one of the most prestigious all-male
choirs in Russia. Before coming to the United States in 1991, Mikhail was a soloist in a several Russian folk dance and music groups including the Moscow State Center for Russian song, “Russkaya Pesnya”, under the direction of Nadezhda Babkina. While studying in Moscow, Mikhail followed his passion for Russian folk culture by traveling to many different regions of Russia such as Tver, Smolensk, Belgorod, and Don River to collect Russian folklore at its source.
About Musical Director and balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina:
Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Russia. She began her formal training at the Mussorgsky Music College of St. Petersburg and continued her training at N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, earning a degree as an Orchestra Soloist. She continued her training at the Conservatory, which included a brief residency in Germany. After, she returned to her native St. Petersburg and completed her education, earning a Doctor of Musical Art
degree in the Balalaika. Following her graduation, she began working as a musician, both as a teacher and as a performer, teaching balalaika.
About Leonid Bruk, contrabass balalaika player:
Acclaimed New York based balalaika contrabass player Leonid Bruk (Russian: Леонид Брук) was born in Leningrad, Russia. Leonid graduated from music school as a bass guitarist and performed with many different groups. He 1998 he joined Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya. In 2000 he founded his own Russian folk music trio “BROOKLYN BALALAIKAS”. Since 1989 when he arrived to USA, Leonid Bruk was deeply attracted to the bass-balalaika and contrabass balalaika. He has played with variuos folk groups including Russian folk band and New York Balalaika Orchestra and soon become known expert in Russian folk music. His specialty is playing balalaika-bass and balalaika-contrabass.