Elina Karokhina on the main stage of Carnegie Hall in New York City

Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina

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Lina Karokhina Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina was born in Leningrad (now Saint_Petersburg), Russia.  She is the daughter of the 2003 Pushkin Prize-winning author L'ev Fyodorovich Karokhin and Galina Savich.  Lina (Elina L'vovna) 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.  Elina Karokhina (Russian: ) served in the Russian Army in the Military Ensemble in the Northwest Order of Red Stars.  As a balalaika soloist Elina has toured all over the world.  When she moved to the United States in 2009 she founded and performed with Boston Russian Music Duo.  Currently she is a musicial director and soloist with the biggest professional Russian music, song and dance ensemble Barynya based in New York, USA. She performs solo, with the NY Balalaika Duo, Brooklyn Balalaikas Trio, Barynya Balalaika Orchestra, NYC Klezmer Band, wedding band 5grand, and some other groups and ensembles.  In January 2015 Elina Karokhina was selected to perform the balalaika part with Mariinsky Theatre directed by famous Russian conductor Valery Gergiev in Rodion Shchedrin's opera "The Enchanted Wanderer" at the Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York.  In May 2016 she was hired to play six concerts at the Carnegie Hall in New York City as a part of "THE TRIUMPH OF HOPE" international event.  In September 2016 he appeared at the Carnegie Hall again as a part of Moscow Gypsy Army representing rich musical culture of Eastern Europian Roma people.  In January 2017 Elina was hired to play Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh" Suite at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. with the National Symphony Orchestra.  All four performances were under direction of world-famous conductor Sir Mark Elder.

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Elina Karokhina is one of the most notable graduates of the N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory

Elina Karokhina is listed between George Balanchine and Sergei Diaghilev on the list of the top most notable graduates of the N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory in Saint Petersburg, Russia (link).

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Recording Credits

With Anthony Thistlethwaite (formerly of The Waterboys") - All The Way and Welcome to the White Nights on the album Crawfish and Caviar, recorded 10/95 (Demon Records) in St Petersburg Russia with special guest Mick Taylor, formerly of the Rolling Stones.
Barynya - Elina Karokhina & Barynya. Balalaika music album, 2010
Izba Trio- self-titled CD, 2007
Russian Army Order of the Northwest Red Stars- Songs of Russian Heroic Fame
Kupola Folk Ensemble- self-titled CD
State Russian Concert Orchestra of St. Petersburg- self-titled CD, 2003
Nadir Mamedoff - My Russia, toured/recorded CD as a member of his backing musical trio Troika.

Performance with the National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.

Elina Karokhina, Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.
Elina Karokhina, Andrei Saveliev, Sir Mark Elder, Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. Elina Karokhina, Andrei Saveliev, Sir Mark Elder, Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. Elina Karokhina, Andrei Saveliev, Sir Mark Elder, Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. Elina Karokhina, Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.

Elina Karokhina at the Carnegie Hall in New York City, May 2016

Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina performed six concerts at the Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 23rd, 24th, and 27th, 2016 as a soloist of "The Orchestra Rocks" production.  Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute brought together thousands of New York City students and teachers for annual "Link Up" concerts, featuring the Orchestra of St. Luke's, choir and three opera singers.

Elina Karokhina, Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA
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Elina Karokhina with Mariinsky Theatre at BAM in Brooklyn, NY 01-14-2015

Elina Karokhina, Valery Gergiev, BAM, Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn, New York, January 14, 2015
Elina Karokhina with famous Russian conductor Valery Gergiev

On January 14, 2015 Elina Karokhina was selected to performed balalaika part with Mariinsky Theatre from St. Petersburg, Russia in Rodion Shchedrin's opera "The Enchanted Wanderer" at the BAM - Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York. Some photos and video from Shchedrins rarely staged musical treasure, based on the story by Nikolai Leskov are available on Barynya website

Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), exhibition "Faberge Revealed", Salem, Massachusetts, July 2013.

Photo from concert at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) during exhibition "Faberge Revealed" in Salem, Massachusetts, July 2013. All photos made by Shawn Fitzgerald Photography are available on Barynya website.

Barynya performance at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), exhibition Faberge Revealed, Salem, Massachusetts, USA, July 2013, Shawn Fitzgerald Photography
All photos from Barynya performance at the "Faberge Revealed" exhibition, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, July 2013, Shawn Fitzgerald Photography.

June 2013, New York City

Photo by www.GoshaArt.com from the event in New York City in June 2013. More photos from the event in NYC by Gosha Shif.

NYC Balalaika Duo. Photo by www.GoshaArt.com
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Morristown, New Jersey, December 31st 2012

Barynya in Morristown, New Jersey, USA
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October 21, 2012. Middle Country Public Library, Selden, New York

Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya. Concert October 21st, 2012. Middle Country Public Library, 575 MC Road, Selden, New York
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Barynya Balalaika Trio led by Elina Karokhina on TV. Bevcam TV Studio in Beverly, Massachusetts, June 29th, 2011.

Barynya Balalaika Trio: Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass) and Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals). Recorded and produced by EstradaProduction. All photos and videos from this event are available at the website www.Russian365.com.


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State Capella of Saint Petersburg, St.Petersburg, Russia, February 27, 2012.

Elina Karokhina and Mikhail Smirnov were invited to perform at the concert dedicated to celebration of 80th jubilee of Mr. Nikolai Aleksandrovich Shubin, famous teacher of the balalaika and domra. Elina and Mikhail played very difficult medley that consisted of Russian folk songs, classical and popular hits. The concert took place at the "State Capella of Saint Petersburg", one of the most prestigious concert halls in St. Petersburg, Russia located at Naberezhnaya Reky Moiki, #20, metro (subway station) "Nevsky Prospekt". All photos and videos are available at st.petersburg.russia.htm

State Capella of Saint Petersburg, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov
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Georgian dance and Russian Gypsy song & music concert in Yonkers, NY. Summer 2012


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June 28th, 2012, Gypsy show in Philadelphia, PA

Gypsy Trio in PA
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December 11, 2011. Huntington Public Library

This video was recorded by Long Island TV company during ensemble Barynya performance at the Huntington Public Library (338 Main Street, Huntington, New York 11743) on Sunday, December 11th, 2011. Cast of performers: Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (contrabass balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), dancers: Petr Tikhonov, Ilia Pankratov, Nick Kobryn


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Barynya Trio at the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Russian Brides, Season 13, Episode 7

Elina Karokhina and other musicians of Barynya ensemble were a part of famous TV show Episode about Russian mafia. In order to bring down a Russian mobster running an international prostitution/kidnapping ring disguised as a Russian bride website, Cragen steps from behind the desk to go undercover as a "john". Cast: Elina Karokhina - balalaika, Mikhail Smirnov - garmoshka, Alexandre Tseytlin - violin.


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October 20, 2011. Corporate event in Miami, Florida.

"Korobushka" (instrumental), "Kalinka" (dance)

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All photos and videos from performance at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel on October 20, 2011 in Miami, Florida

"Balalaika Music Medley", May 29th 2011, Erie, Pennsylvania

Recorded during Troika Festival in Erie, Pennsylvania on May 29th, 2011. Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar, vocal)


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Troika Festival, Erie, Pennsylvania. Memorial Day 2011.

Elina Karokhina, Barynya, Erie, Pennsylvania, Troika Festival, Church of the Nativity
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Friday, March 11th, 2011, Old York Road Temple - Beth Am, Abington, Pennsylvania

Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Abington, PA, March 2011
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September 17 2011. Wedding at The Garrison (www.thegarrison.com), 1 Snakehill Rd, Garrison, NY 10524.

Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov. Photo by Leonid Bruk
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Concert at the public school # 91, Brooklyn, New York, January 26, 2011
Photo and editing by Leonid Bruk

Elina Karokhina, Photo and editing by Leonid Bruk
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Ensemble Barynya concert in Brooklyn, New York on January 26th, 2011
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February 2011, Los Angeles, California.

Ensemble Barynya: Leonid Bruk, Alexander Menshikov, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Los Angeles, California, February 2011. Photo by Leonid Bruk
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concert in Los Angeles, California, February 2011.

Performance during basketball game NJ NETS vs Utah JAZZ on January 19th, 2011 at the Prudential Center arena in Newark, New Jersey, USA.

Musicians Alexandre Tseytlin (violin), Leonid Bruk (bass, balalaika-contrabass), Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar), singer Alexander Menshikov, and singer Irina Zagornova entertained during the New Jersey Nets VIP reception. The guest list included NETS owner (Mikhail Prokhorov), the Russian Ambassador to the UN (H.E. Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin), and the Russian Consul General (Honorable Andrey Konstantinovich Yushmanov).

Russian band NJ NETS January 19, 2011
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December 2010, TMPlaza, Hong Kong, China

Barynya in Hong Kong
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December 16th, 2010 Russian consulate NYC, New York, USA

Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Leonid Bruk and singer Irina Zagornova at the RUSAL USA corporate party.

Barynya at the Russian Consulate NYC
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Photos from ensemble Barynya's concert tour in Florida. December 2010.

Ensemble Barynya tour in Florida, December 2010
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Thursday, October 7th, 2010, 3pm. Temple B'nai Moshe
1845 Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton, Massachusetts 02135

Elina Karokhina balalaika duo Brighton, MA October 7th, 2010 poster
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Russian folk song "Valenki" (Felt Boots), August 2010, Yonkers, NY - video

Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar).


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Saturday, August 14th, 2010, Untermyer Park, Yonkers, New York

It has been the first time in 2010 when singers Irina Zagornova (soprano) performed with Barynya during the same concert. Elina Karokhina (balalaika) and Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass) have played a new arrangement of the Sailors dance for balalaika and balalaika-contrabass. Video Alisa Yegorova, video editing L.Bruk. Photos by L.Bruk and I. Fridman. See all photos and videos from this concert here.

Elina Karohkina, Mikhail Smirnov, Leonid Bruk
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Video: "Hava Nagina", "7:40", "Valenki"

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July 25, 2010, Northern Adult Care Center, Brooklyn, NY

On Sunday, July 25th, 2010 Elina Karokhina performed two concerts with New York based guitar player Alexey Efimenko at the Northern Adult Care Center, 1 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215. The program of performance included Russian, Gypsy, Ukrainian and Jewish music as well as several classical pieces.

Elina Karokhina, Alexey Efimenko, Northern Adult Care Center, Brooklyn, NY   Elina Karokhina, Alexey Efimenko, Northern Adult Care Center, Brooklyn, NY   Elina Karokhina, Alexey Efimenko, Northern Adult Care Center, Brooklyn, NY   Elina Karokhina, Alexey Efimenko, Northern Adult Care Center, Brooklyn, NY

Gypsy Fantasy, July 2010, Minneapolis, MN - video

Elina Karokhina and Russian music ensemble Barynya performance during the Balalaika and Domra Association of America conference-2010. The conference took place at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota in July 2010. Musicians: Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar, vocals). Camera - Sergey Rogozin, video editing - Leonid Bruk. All videos and photos from this performance.


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W.A. Mozart. Alla Turca. Allegretto (Turkish March) - video


Boston Music Duo- Mozart's 'Turkish Rondo (March)' from Barynya on Vimeo.

April 2010, Scottish Rite Auditorium, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA

Concert with ensemble Barynya on Wednesday, April 21, 2010. Dancers: Anya Zeenenko, Sophia Panych, Olga Chpitalnaia, Alexey Maltsev, Alexander Rudoy, Danila Sherstobitov, Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), Elina Karokhina (balalaika), singer Alexander Menshikov, Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass).

"Kamarinskaya"

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"Doctor Zhivago"

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"Caprice No. 24 by Paganini"

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October 2010, Anyway cafe, New York City

Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Anyway Cafe, New York City, 2010
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| Mikhail Smirnov and Elina Karokhina at the Anyway Cafe, 34 E 2nd St, New York, NY 10003

April 9, 2010, Toronto, Canada

Friday, April 9th, 2010, Old Mill Inn, 21 Old Mill Road, Toronto, Ontario, M8X 1G5 CANADA, Winter Palace Ball and the Gala Charity Fundraiser benefitting Ruskoka, a summer camp for underprivileged children. Musicians: Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (contrabass balalaika), Yan Khmel (bayan), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), Valery Abramov (tenor-saxophone), Oleg Sorin (trumpet).

Barynya at the Winter Palace Ball, Toronto, Canada
Ensemble Barynya at the Winter Palace Ball, Toronto, Canada. Click to see all photos

April 29th, 2010. Balalaika Piano Duo, wedding ceremony in Boston, MA

Balalaika/Piano Duo led by Elina Karokhina provided music for wedding ceremony on April 29th, 2010 in Boston, MA. The music included The Swan (Le Cygne) from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens, "Here Comes The Bride" Wedding March, J.S.Bach - Arioso from Cantata BWV 156 (Adagio), Ave Maria - Schubert, "CANON IN D" by PACHELBEL, WEDDING MARCH by MENDELSSOHN, "CLAIR DE LUNE" by DEBUSSY, and other selections.

Balalaika and Piano Duo, Classical Music for wedding ceremony, Elina Karokhina

March 5, 2010, Boston, Massachusetts

Barynya in Boston, Massachusetts
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Article about Elina Karokhina in the BDAA newsletter

BDAA newsletter is the official Journal of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America.


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BDAA newsletter about Lina Karokhina
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Article about performance in Atlanta - "The BDAA Newsletter"


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Article about Barynya performance in Atlanta in the BDAA newsletter
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Fox Hills Adult Community, Friday, January 1st, 2010

1209 Hamilton Drive, Rockaway, NJ 07866. Ensemble Barynya cast: Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar), Alexey Klyuchnikov (dancer, costumed characters), Anya Zeenenko (dancer).

Barynya concert in Rockaway, New Jersey, 2010
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Ridgewood, New Jersey, November 29th, 2009
Ridgewood Public Library, photos by Bill Grae

 
Elina Karokhina
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Los Angeles, California, November 14th, 2009
Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County

 
Barynya, Los Angeles, California, November 2009
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VIDEOS WITH TRIO "IZBA"

Lina Karokhina - balalaika
Maxim Anukhin - gusli (psaltery)
Rudolf Smirnov - vocal, guitar, bayan
Lina Karokhina and Russian music trio "Izba"

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bayan and balalaika duo /

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Chardash Monti /

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Trio "Izba" / ""

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Maxim Anukhin (psaltery) / ()

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"I met you" / " "

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Maxim Anukhin - psaltery / -

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PHOTOS WITH TRIO IZBA

Lina Karokhina
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Military Ensemble of Northern-Western Order, St. Petersburg, Russia

From 2004 to 2009 Elina Karokhina was the soloist of the Russian Military ensemble "Ansambl Vnutrennikh Voisk Rossii Severo-Zapadnogo Okruga" based in St. Petersburg, Russia on the Millionnaiya Steet near Hermitage Museum. At the time the ensemble had about 70 members: musicians, dancers, singers.

Elina Karokhina, Ansambl Vnutrennikh Voisk Rossii Severo-Zapadnogo Okruga   Elina Karokhina, Ansambl Vnutrennikh Voisk Rossii Severo-Zapadnogo Okruga   Elina Karokhina, Ansambl Vnutrennikh Voisk Rossii Severo-Zapadnogo Okruga

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