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16 February 2019 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm Immanuel Episcopal Church
Alexey Alexandrov (domra) / Ekaterina Skliar (mandolin)
Both masters of Russian domra and mandolin, Alexey and Ekaterina came together in 2015 to form a unique mandolin-domra duo that presents a repertoire that spans the globe; from Bach duets to Russian folk songs, and from Alexey’s own compositions to neo folklore and jazz.
Ekaterina and Alexey have performed concerts in numerous American and Russian cities, where their performances received many positive reviews. Mark Linkins, Musical Director of Munier Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra, wrote about this project: “Both products of the M. Glinka Novosibirsk State Conservatory, Alexandrov and Skliar enthrall audiences with their virtuosic skill and impeccable artistry. The combination of Skliar’s pure, crystalline tone (mandolin) and Alexandrov’s warm, harp-like tone (domra) is magical.”
Alexey and Ekaterina are prizewinners of national, international and All-Russian competitions and music festivals, including International “Gold Iria” Ethno music competition, All-Russian competition “Young talents of Russia”, International Music Competition of Folk Instrument Performers, International Festival of Music “MIR Sibiri”, International Festival of Live Music “Ustuu-Huree”, and others. They have collaborated with many celebrated artists including violinist Vadim Repin, Gypsy folk song string ensembles “Lendyvay & Friends,” Oliver Lake, Kevin Mahogany, and Alain Musichini.
Ekaterina Skliar is a Philadelphia-based mandolinist and domrist. She made her debut at age 11 with the Russian Folk Instrument Orchestra of the Buryatia Republic. Since then Ekaterina has performed with many chamber ensembles and orchestras and worked with renowned musicians.
Ekaterina graduated from Novosibirsk Specialized Music School (college), which is one of the two most prestigious schools of music for protégés in Russia (the second one is in Moscow). She received her Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Music Performance from M. Glinka Novosibirsk State Conservatory playing domra and mandolin.
Ekaterina has performed throughout Russia and the United States giving solo recitals, performing with Russian Folk instrimental orchestras, and chamber ensembles. She has appeared in A. Katz State Concert Hall, Novosibirsk Philharmonic Hall, Big Academic Concert Hall of Krasnoyarsk State Academy of Music and Theatre, and numerous concert stages in Russia and the United States. Her large repertoire includes transcriptions of classical music, original works for domra and mandolin, contemporary and jazz music.
Alexey Alexandrov is a unique artist, playing Domra in both classical and jazz styles. He completed his DMA at the Novosibirsk State Conservatory (Russia) with dissertation on Basics of Improvisation on Domra. He also earned a Master Degree and Bachelor Degree in Music Performance studying with Professor Andrey Kugaevsky..
Mr. Alexandrov is actively performing throughout the US and Russia, giving solo recitals and performing with various chamber ensembles, as well as folk instruments and symphony orchestras. From 2012 through 2017, he performed more than 500 concerts all over Russia and the the US (Chicago, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Carlsbad, Philadelphia, Bellows Falls, Bethlehem, Cape Cod). He appeared in such prestigious concert halls as Ostankino Television Concert Hall (Moscow), Oktyabrsky Grand Concert Hall (St. Petersburg), A. Katz State Concert Hall (Novosibirsk) and others. His large repertoire includes transcriptions of classical music, original works for Domra, contemporary and jazz music, and his own compositions.
Mr Alexandrov is an active competitor. He has won many National and International competitions, including The First and The Third International competitions of Astor Piazzolla music “Libertango” (first prizes); All-Russian competition “Young talents of Russia” (first prize); International “Gold Iria” Ethno music competition (Golden prize). He is a winner of such music festivals as International Music Festival “Vivat-accordion!”, XV and XVII “Festos” Moscow student talent festival (“Spring student jazz” and “Folk academy” nominations), International music festival “Ustuu-Huree”(“The best instrumental performance”), and many others.
Mr. Alexandrov received numerous scholarships and grants from such prestigious Russian organisations as Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation, Novosibirsk town council, Novosibirsk region administration and others.