Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina with National Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Sir Mark Elder, Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington, D.C. Rimsky-Korsakov's Suite from "The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh"
Russian balalaika virtuosos Elina Karokhina and Andrei Saveliev performed several concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington D.C. Exact address of Kennedy Center: 2700 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20566. Elina and Andei played the balalaika part in Rimsky-Korsakov's Suite under direction of world-famous conductor Sir Mark Elder. The performance was well received by audience and critics. Most noticed and liked Mark Elder's additions of balalaikas to classical Symphony Orchestra for performance of the "The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh" (Russian: Сказание о невидимом граде Китеже и деве Февронии).
Washington Classical Review wrote in the article Elder, NSO explore Stravinsky roots with iridescent performances: Two balalaika players, invited to stand for their strumming solo in the second movement, added an authentic folk music touch to the sounds of the Wedding Procession of Fevroniya, heavy on the sleigh bells and double glockenspiel.
Balalaika and Domra enthusiast Irene Perloff McCullough wrote really nice article called "Balalaika Masters Elina Karokhina and Andrei Saveliev Perform with the National Symphony Orchestra" for the Balalaika and Domra Association of America Newsletter (March 2017).
Schedule of performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Sat, 1/14, 2017, 8PM. Rimsky-Korsakov's Suite from "The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh." Elina Karokhina with National Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Sir Mark Elder. Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Fri, 1/13, concert at 11:30 AM. Rimsky-Korsakov's Suite from "The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh." Elina Karokhina with National Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Sir Mark Elder. Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Thursday, 1/12, 7pm. Rimsky-Korsakov's Suite from "The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh." Elina Karokhina with National Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Sir Mark Elder. Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Irene Perloff McCullough wrote really nice article called "Balalaika Masters Elina Karokhina and Andrei Saveliev Perform with the National Symphony Orchestra" for the Balalaika and Domra Association of America Newsletter (March 2017).
Scan of Irene Perloff McCullough's article "Balalaika Masters Elina Karokhina and Andrei Saveliev Perform with the National Symphony Orchestra" from BDAA Newsletter (March 2017).
Scan of Irene Perloff McCullough's article "Balalaika Masters Elina Karokhina and Andrei Saveliev Perform with the National Symphony Orchestra" BDAA Newsletter, March 2017
Balalaika virtuoso Andrei Saveliev is originally from Saint Petersburg, Russia, where he trained as a balalaika soloist at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. Andrei has become nationally recognized as a balalaika soloist. He also plays balalaika-contrabass. Andrei loves to teach and uses the same techniques by which he learned to play.
ABOUT ELINA KAROKHINA:
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. Elina 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 served in the Russian Army in the Military Ensemble in the Northwest Order of Red Stars. She is a winner of International Music Competition in Cherepovets and a Holder of the First Place in Troyanovsky's Competition for musicians performing of traditional instruments in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a balalaika soloist Elina has toured all over the world. She was a soloist of State Concert Russian Orchestra of Saint Petersburg under direction of Honored Performer of Russia Vladimir Popov (Russian: Государственный Русский концертный оркестр Санкт-Петербурга, Художественный руководитель и главный дирижер – Заслуженный деятель искусств России ВЛАДИМИР ПОПОВ.) When she moved to the United States in 2009 she was hired as a musicial director and soloist with the biggest professional Russian music, song and dance ensemble Barynya (New York). In January 2015 Elina Karokhina was selected to perform the balalaika part with Mariinsky Theatre directed by world-famous 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 several concerts at the Carnegie Hall in New York City with symphony orchestra, choir, and opera soloists as a soloist of "The Orchestra Rocks" production. In September 2016 she appeared at the Carnegie Hall again as a part of "Moscow Gypsy Army" representing rich musical culture of Eastern Europian Roma people.
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