Siberian Virtuosi from Russia

Larisa Gabysheva & Stanislav Afanasenko, Directors

Siberian Virtuosi, the State Ensemble of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) is an Ensemble of 11 violinists and a pianist, which is gaining an increasing popularity in Russia and around the world. Founded in 1994 as the Virtuosi of Yakutia, the Ensemble has given over 2000 concerts during the last 22 years. Ensemble is known for their energy, unique arrangements, and level of their virtuosity.

The Ensemble is also a winner of numerous international awards, including an International Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, “Music Week of Tours” in France, Grand Prix in Cremona, Italy, Grand Prix in Hungary, and many others. They are often tour around the Russian Federation giving performances to full capacity audiences in major cities of the country. Their 20-concert American debut in 2012 was followed by a very prestigious concert tour of South America, including concerts in Brazil, Argentine, Chile, Ecuador, and Colombia.

On the recent return tour to the United States, presenters admired: “The performance was fabulous!”, “Fantastic!”, “On a scale of 1 to 10, they are 12!”.

The Siberian Virtuosi make frequent appearances on the radio and television stations across the Russian Federation. They are led by the Honored art worker of Russian Federation, Honored artist of the Republic of Sakha (Yakoutia), Professor Larisa Gabysheva, and Honored Art Worker of Russian Federation, and the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Professor Stanislav Afanasenko.

For their cultural and artistic achievements in Russia and abroad, as well as for representing the State of Siberia, the Ensemble “Siberian Virtuosi” was rewarded with the highest honor of the State – the name of the State Ensemble of Violinists of the Republic of Yakutia.

The 2017-18 busy schedule of the Ensemble will include a return tour to South America, and the Far East.

Sample Program:
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) – Toccata & Fugue in d-minor
Peter I. Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893) – Scherzo
Pablo de Sarasate (1844 – 1908) – Navarra
Grigoras Ionica Dinicu (1889-1949) – Hora Staccato
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943) – Vocalise
Henryk Wieniawski (1835 – 1880) – Scherzo & Tarantella
Manuel de Falla (1876 – 1946) – Spanish Dance #1
Aleksey Shor (1970 – ) – Chicken Tarantella
Johann Strauss, Jr. (1825 – 1899) – Die Fledermaus
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897) – Hungarian Dance #1

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Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741) – Summer from the “Four Seasons”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) – Rondo
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) – Air on the G String
Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847) – Scherzo
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) – Magic Melodies from Tchaikovsky Ballets
Antonio Bazzini (1818 – 1897) – Rondo of Goblins
Jean Sibelius (1865 – 1957) – Valse Triste (Sad Waltz), Op. 44
Astor Piazzola (1921 – 1992) – Libertango
Valeri Ermoshkin – Walk along the Hollywood
Aram Khachaturian (1903 – 1978) – The Sabre Dance

QUOTES FROM A MEDIA AND PRESENTERS:
“The Ensemble is absolutely unique. They are the pride of the Russian performing arts” – Kultura, Russian TV Stattion

“…The Ensemble of Violinists “Virtuosos of Siberia” – is as a group of amazing artists capable of fantastic performances of the most difficult musical pieces”- Magazine Novoe Vremya

“The audience’s appreciation grew with every piece in the program. What started as strong but polite applause turned into a series of genuine ovation, complete with heart-felt whistles and excited whispers.” – City & Region, Burlington, IA

“I’ve been in the music business for 46 years, I cannot recall any show that is as wonderful and spectacular than this one! Absolutely fabulous! – John Folin, Allied Concerts

“The performance was fabulous!!…many audience members told me that the performance was even better than I had led them to expect from the doing the radio interview! I agree! And it was the biggest crowd in several years. – Steve Lewis, Kearney, NE

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