The Providence International Plucked String Festival
June 18-20, 2004

A Celebration of Plucked String Music from Around the World


Tamara Volskaya & Anatoliy Trofimov – The Russian Duo

Domra & Bayan

Tamara Volskaya and Anatoliy Trofimov comprise one of the most electrifying musical duos to be found anywhere in the world. "Merited Artists of Russia, winners of international and national competitions, Professors of the Ural State Conservatory in Yekaterinburg, the "Russian Duo" has toured throughout the former Soviet Union, Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, and the United States and recorded numerous remarkable Cds.

In 1997 "Russian Duo" performed at Carnegie Hall in the gala "America Salutes Moscow." In 1998 Volskaya's "Russian Carniaval Ensemble" made its World Premiere in New York. In 1999 "Russian Duo" was featured on NPR's nationally syndicated program "All Things Considered" and on WMAR-ABC TV. In 2000 the "Russian Carnival Ensemble" was featured at a ceremony hosted by Jordan's Queen Noor in honor of Hilary Rodham Clinton. "Rondo," Volskaya's mandolin ensemble, performing primarily baroque and classical repertoire on Italian mandolin, mandola, and guitar, made its World Premiere in New York in 2000.

In 2000-01 the "Russian Duo" appeared as the featured artists at international festivals in Japan and Spain. Highlights of 2001 for the "Russian Carnival Ensemble" were performances for the prestigious Madison Council of the Library of Congress and being featured nationwide on the CBS prime time special "Christmas Around the World." In 2002 Volskaya performed at Avery Fisher Hall at the "Mostly Mozart Festival" with Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky. In 2003 the"Russian Duo" performanced as the soloists with chamber orchestra "Bachanalia" under Nina Beilina at Merkin Hall. The duo made a debut for the production of famous F. Dostoevsky "Brothers Karamasovs" in February.

In 2004 Tamara Volskaya performanced as a guest-artist with Seattle Symphony Chamber Orchestra including two concertos by A. Vivaldi and by G. Pergolesi. In March 2004 "Russian Duo" had a concert tour to Russia where they performed with tremendous success in 6 main Ural and Siberian cities. On this tour Tamara Volskaya performed concertos by A. Vivaldi and by modern Russian composer E. Podgayts with the Philharmonic chamber orchestras of Yekaterinburg and Chelyabinsk.

"Perfect ensemble playing by this fanfastic duo" - Kobe (Japan) Music Art, 1994

"An unbelievable virtuoso and interpreter"- Haapavesi (Finland) Journal, 1996

"The audience was stirred and deeply moved"-Ukrainian Canadian Herald,1999

"The astonishing domra player Tamara Volskaya, a wizard of the strings-and I say this without reservation"- London( England) Classical Guitar Magazine, 2000

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