Tamara Volskaya (musical director of the group, domra and mandolin soloist ) and bayanist Anatoliy Trofimov comprise “The Russian Duo”, an outstanding Russian Folk Instruments group, with appreciative audiences in Japan, Spain, Australia, Canada, Russia and America. Tamara Volskaya and Anatoliy Trofimov are “Honored Artists of Russia”, winners of international and national competitions and professors of the Mussorgsky Ural State Conservatory.
Anatoliy Trofimov arranges the ensemble’s repertoire.
Mayya Kalikhman (a former student of T. Volskaya) has fortified the domra section of the group. She is a true multi-instrumentalist, equally perfect playing the second-domra, alto-domra, mandolin, mandola and some percussion instruments in the ensemble. A graduate of the Mussorgsky Ural State Conservatory, Mayya has gained admiration as both a soloist and music instructor in Kiev, Ukraine.
Natalia Vsevolodskaya combines professional and deeply sensitive performance on the guitar with inspirational playing on alto-balalaika, as well as percussion instruments. She graduated Kiev musical school as a guitarist, and had a valuable experience of playing alto-balalaika in the famous October Palace Orchestra, Kiev.
Leonid Bruk graduated from a musical school in St. Petersburg as a bass-guitarist. He was deeply attracted to contrabass-balalaika and has played for many years in various folk groups in Russia and then in America. His enthusiastic performance on
bass-balalaika adds vigor and sparkle to the ensemble’s program.
Two vocalists Irina Zagornova ( Russian voice soprano) and Anatoliy Panchoshniy (bass) are long term friends and soloists of the group.
Irina Zagornova a laureate of “Voices of Russia” competition, who possesses a unique Slavic musical technique of “open throat” singing. She extensively toured around the world and brought to America a typical Russian manner of village folk singing with her live, emotional, full of energy voice.
Anatoliy Panchoshniy graduated from Gnessin Institute with honors and performed throughout Russia and in more than 20 countries worldwide. He is an artist that converts the performance of each song into a musical illustration. He can express soft lyrical spirit and humor of folk songs and the mood of classical arias with equal expertise.