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Ukrainian born Sergey Vashchenko began his musical training as a child on the bayan and balalaika.
Sergey was chosen to study at several prominent musical schools in his native country, and received
several awards in musical competitions. He earned a Master’s Degree in Music from the Ural
Conservatory in 1985, in performance and conducting, and then served as Musical Instructor and
Dean for Balalaika at the Perm Cultural Institute for Arts.
Somewhere My Love: Russian Gems, CD, 2003, Seduction Records
Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 571KB WMA file
Education: Kremenchug Music School, Ukraine Performance Certificate in Accordion (Bayan) and Balalaika, 1970-76 Lysenko State Music College, Poltava, Ukraine Bachelors Degree in Music and Conducting Teacher of Conducting and Teacher of Balalaika School of Prof. Nikolai Zhernovoi, 1976-80 Musorgsky Ural State Concervatory Sverdlovsk (Ekatherinburg), Russia Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting and Teaching Masters Degree in Balalaika Performance School of Prof. Eugeniy Blinov Masters thesis: “Felix Mendelsohn as a Founder of the Symphonic Overture Genre” Concert Performer and Conductor of Orchestra, 1980-85 Teaching Music School, Lysenko State Music College, Poltava, Ukaraine, Teacher of Balalaika, 1978-80 Music School, Sverdlovsk, Russia, Teacher of Balalaika, 1980-85 Perm State Institute of Culture, Russia, Teacher of Balalaika, Instrumentation Conducting, Dean of Faculty of Arts, 1985-88 State Music College, Perm, Russia, Orchestral Conducting and Balalaika Teacher, 1985-88 Perm School District, Perm, Russia, Lecturer in Music, part time, 1985-88 Department of Cultural Affairs, Perm, Russia, Lecturer in Music, part time, 1985-88 Music School, Riga, Latvia, Teacher of Music, 1988-93 Private Conservatoty of Music and Dance “Mayeusis”, Vigo, Spain, 1993-95 Private Lessons in music, tutor and instructor, Dallas, Texas, 1995-2003 Private Lessons in music, tutor and instructor, Austin, Texas, 2003 – current Concert Activities Special Educationals Concerts for Teachers of Music School and Colleges Poltava Region, Ukraine, 1975-76 Concerts with Group “Balalaika”, Poltava Region, Poland, Germany, 1976-80 Concerts with Group “ Polichkin”- proftech. education, Russia, France, 1980-85 Concerts with Group “Ural”, Sverdlovsk, Russia, 1980-85 Concerts with Students Orchestra like a soloist, 1980-85 Concerts with Group “Uralsky Khorovod”, Russia, Czechoslovakia, 1986-89 Group “Lira”, founder, musical director, soloist, Latvia, Russia, Spain, 1989-93 Concerts with Group “Bubliky”, Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, Spain 1990-93 Concerts with Group “Kalinka”, Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, Spain, USA, 1990-current Concerts with Group “Trio Brio”, Texas, USA, 1997-98 Concerts with Group “Cafe Noir”, Texas, USA, 1998-2001 Special Concerts Performance in Celebration of Russian-German Friendship, West Germany, 1977 Concert Tour at Olympic Games in Moscow, 1980 Concert Tour in France, 1985 Concert Tour in Czech Republic, 1986 Concert Tour in Dallas, Riga-Dallas Sister Cities Celebration, 1990 Concert Tour in Barcelona and Costa Brava, 1995 Performance in Celebration of WRR Classical 101.1, 1997-99 Performances for Van Clibern Association, 1998 Performance for Jay Leno in Dallas, 1999 Educational Concerts for “Young Audiences” of Dallas, Texas, 1999-current Educational Concerts for Texas Commissoner of the Art and Neighborhood Touring Program of Dallas, Texas, 1997-current Educational Concerts for SMU, 1999 Educational Concerts for University of Texas in Dallas and Austin, 2000-01 Educational Concerts for Layola University, New Orleans, LU, 2002 Kalinka Concert Series, 2003-current Performances with Orchestras as Soloist Allen Philharmonic, Allen, TX, Oct. 2003 Orchestra of Balalaika and Domra Association of America, New Orleans, LU, 2002 Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Irving, TX, 2002 Garland Symphony Orchestra, Garland, TX, Jan. 2002 New Arlington Symphony Orchestra, Arlington, TX, Jan. 2002 Irving Symphony Orchestra, Irving, TX, Feb. 2002 Plano Symphony Orchestra, Plano, TX, Sept. 2002 Orchestra of Balalaika and Domra Association, Houston, TX, July 2001 Northeast Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth, May, 1999 Band “Pescador”, Pontevedra, Spain, June 1994 Latvian Military Symphony Orchestra, Riga, Latvia, Oct. 1989 Balalaika and Domra Orchestra of the Perm Cultural Institute, Perm, Russia, 1986 Balalaika and Domra Orchestra of the Ural Conservatory, Sverdlovsk, Russia, 1984 Balalaika and Domra Orchestra, Musical College of Ukraine, Poltava, Ukraine,1980 Performances with Orchestras as Conductor Students Orchestra, Poltava, Ukraine, 1979-80 Students Orchestra of Polytechnic Institute, Sverdlovsk, Russia, 1982-85 Orchestra of Ural State Conservatory, Sverdlovsk, Russia, 1981-85 Houston Balalaika and Domra Association, Houston, USA, 1998-current Radio and TV Recording Radio recording for different broadcast stations: Sverdlovsk Radio (Russia), Perm Radio (Russia), Poltava Radio (Ukraine), Riga Radio (Latvia), Radio-SER (Spain), WRR Classical 101.1 (USA). TV Performances for different stations in Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Spain, USA International Festivals and Awards Polish Festival of Music and Dance, Melno, Warsaw, Poland, 1977-79 “Harmony-93” Limburg, Germany, 1993 – Laureate of Competition “Gaita Grilleira” in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 1994 Music Festival in Segovia, Spain, 1994 Folk Festival in Villadolid, Spain, 1994 Contender for American Grammy Award, USA, 2004 Concert Manager/Director/Producer Concert Tour “Lira”- Classical Quartet, Musical Director, Latvia, Spain, 1989-90 Concert Tour “Bubliky”- Folk Show, Musical Director, Latvia, Spain, 1989-91 Concert Tour “Cantilena”- Violin Ensemble, Manager, Latvia, Spain, USA, 1989-90 Concert Tour “Dallas Unlimited Band”- Jazz-Rock Band, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, 1991 Producer of Kalinka Concert Series, 2003 Speak 4 languages: English, Spanish, Russian, and Ukranian Balalaika Player, Concert Performer, Recording Musician, Music Editor, Arranger, Instrumentation and Computer Reorganizer notation for any composition into a masterpiece Setting Adjustments for Music Score Publication.
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