Zolotoj Plyos Final Student Recital

End of Musicians-in-Residence Week

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 5:00pm
Location: Wang Campus Center Cow Chair Room (LWC-104)

Alexander Solovov, Elena Sadina, and Sergei Grachev make up the folk ensemble "Zolotoj Plyos," which was founded in 1994 in the city of Saratov, Russia. While students in Russia, the musicians collected old Russian folk songs and bell music in rural villages and towns. The group's repertoire includes folk songs and instrumental pieces from various parts of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, and other areas, and also features Gypsy music, Russian popular music, and Jewish music. The members of the ensemble play more than thirty Russian folk instruments, including the bayan, chromatic and diatonic accordions, the balalaika, domra, guitar, zhaleika, clarinet, saxophone, various percussion instruments, and Russian bells.

All three members of the group graduated from the Saratov State Conservatory and are professional musicians. Elena and Sergei also graduated from the The "Jef Denyn" Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium, the Antwerp Conservatory and the University of Leuven. They have won prizes at All-Russian and international folk instrument competitions and at the First All-Russian bell competition. The ensemble has performed in countries such as Russia, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Portugal, Switzerland, and the USA. "Zolotoj Plyos" has been frequently invited to perform on radio and television shows in Russia, Belgium, and Holland.