Participants – Choir of Financial University under the government of the Russian Federation (Moscow, Russia)

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Choir of Financial University was founded in September of 2009. Students, graduates of Financial university and their friends who indifferent to music and choral singing participate in the choir. The collective’s creative credo is to master as much as possible a variety of styles and genres of choral music and to bring all their variety to the audience. The choir’s repertoire contains choral miniatures of Renaissance and Classicism, pieces of Romantic composers, arrangements of Russian folk songs and songs of peoples of the world, Negro spirituals and contemporary popular songs arranged for choir. Recently, more and more meaning in the choir’s repertoire is occupied by pieces that can be attributed to the popular “show-choir” direction, which includes the active use of stage movement and dance elements.
Choir of Financial University is a laureate of students’ creativity festival “Festos” (2012, 2014-2017), a laureate of V All-Russian choir festival “Rus’, kuda zh neseshsya ty?” (“Russia, where do you rush?”, 2013), a laureate of IV International Arts festival “Doroga v Rozhdestvo” (“Road to Christmas”, 2013), the winner of International festival of military and patriotic songs “Nasledniki Pobedy” (“Heirs of Victory”, 2013) and Moscow vocal and choral festival “Osenneye mgogogolos’ye” (“Autumn polyphony”, 2013), a laureate of X International festival of student and academic choirs “Vesnushka” (“Freckle”, Yaroslavl, 2015), XV International choral festival “Young voices” (Nizhny Novgorod, 2016) and IV Teratsuyants International festival of choral music (Petrozavodsk, 2017). The choir regularly performs at the best halls of Moscow. The collective performed at Big and Rakhmaninov halls of Moscow conservatoire, concert hall of P. Tchaikovsky, concert hall of Gnessins Russian Academy of Music, concert hall “Gnesinsky on Povarskaya str.”, Culture House of Moscow State University and Culture House of Moscow Energetic Institute, two performances took place in beautiful acoustics of Evangelical Lutheran Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.
Choirmasters of the choir are laureates of International and All-Russian Competitions Gleb Kardasevich and Vladislav Ayrapetyan.

Natalya Shelkovskaya
Creator, art director and conductor of Choir of Financial University.
Natalia graduated as a conductor from Gnessins State Musical College (class of Honoured Arts worker of Russian Federation E. Kuznetsov) and Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (class of Honored Artist of Russia, professor S. Kalinin). Natalya finished post-graduate course of Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (class of professor S. Kalinin). She studied composition optionally during her student years in conservatoire at class of professor V. Agafonnikov.
Natalya is a laureate of II prize of IV All-Russian review-competition at the piano course for students of different specialties (Moscow, 2004). Laureate of III prize of IV All-Russian festival-competition of Russian romance “White Acacia” (Yoshkar-Ola, 2006). For the achieved creative successes, she was awarded the Federal Scholarship “Young talents” (2005-2006). Laureate of II prize of V All-Ukrainian (international) competition of choral conductors (Kyiv, 2011). In 2006-2009 she was a guest soloist at performances of the string orchestra of Richter Children’s Arts School, with whom she took part in tours around Spain (2006, 2008), Scandinavian countries (2007). In 2010-2012 Natalia was a performer of Moscow ensemble “Vocalitis”, with whom she toured the countries of central Europe (Germany, Italy, Austria).
She has been engaged in teaching activity since 2005. Since 2011 Natalia is a lecturer of Choral Conducting Department of Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory.

Participants – Academic male choir of National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow, Russia)

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Academic Male Choir of National Research Nuclear University MEPhI was founded in 1956 by E. Ryvkina. Today it is one of the most famous musical collectives in Russia, a laureate of many international competitions. Participants of the choir are students and graduates of National Research Nuclear University MEPhI.
In the choir’s repertoire, there are pieces of all times, genres and styles: pieces of Baroque and Renaissance, sophisticated modern choral scores, songs of Soviet composers and folk songs, Russian and foreign classics, Christian chants of East and West. The male choir MEPhI performs church pieces of outstanding Russian composers not only on concert stages, but also at divine services in main temples of Russian Orthodox Church.
Since 1987, the choir’s art director is Nadezhda Malyavina. Under her leadership the choir regularly performs in philharmonic concerts in collaboration with best professional orchestras and soloists of Russia. Solo concerts of the choir in Moscow are held in the best concert halls: these are all three halls of the conservatory, Tchaikovsky Hall, House of Music, famous museums and palaces of the capital of Russia. Repeatedly the male choir of the University performed with concerts on Red Square of Moscow in the days of special celebrations and state holidays of our country.
Since the 1990s, the choir of the university has been rapidly moving to European concert venues, winning prizes in prestigious music competitions: Riga (Latvia), La Valletta (Malta), Tour (France). Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Italy, Holland, Poland, Israel, the CIS countries: Belarus, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia – this is the incomplete geography of the choir routes of recent years.
The male choir of MEPhI regularly participates in famous Russian choral festivals in Nizhny Novgorod, Sarov, Kazan, Yaroslavl, Kursk, Rybinsk, Smolensk, Kaluga. The choir regularly tours to Russian nuclear power plants.
In July 2016, Academic Male Choir MEPhI took part in IX World Choir Games in Sochi and won two gold medals and a Champion title in the category “Men’s Choirs”. In April 2017, the male choir of MEPhI celebrated its 60th anniversary with a concert on the stage of Great Hall of Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and in November 2017, it performed in State Kremlin Palace in a concert dedicated to the 75th anniversary of MEPhI University.

Nadezhda Malyavina
Nadezhda Malyavina graduated with honours from Moscow Conservatory in the class of choral conducting of People’s Artist of the USSR, Professor K. Ptitsa. She passed a big school of practical choral work from the singing teacher to the choirmaster of State Moscow Choir, led by the famous master – People’s Artist of the USSR V. Sokolov. Nadezhda Malyavina combined work in a professional choir with the teaching.
In 1977 Nadezhda Malyavina came to Academic Male Choir of MEPhI as a choirmaster. In 1987, she became the Art Director and Chief Conductor of MEPhI Choir.
In 2008, by the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation, Nadezhda Malyavina was awarded the honorary title of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation. Her professional merits are also marked by the church order of Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Princess Olga.

Participants – Choir “Healing power of music” of Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University (Moscow, Russia)

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The choir of Russian Medical University was founded in 2009. The main task of project organizers is acquaintance of future doctors with vocal and choral music, development of ensemble singing skills, popularization of musical culture. All students willing to sing are accepted into the collective. The number of singers in different years varied from 8 to 20 people. At present, the third composition of medical, pediatric, medical and biological and other faculties students has already been formed. The basis of the collective’s repertoire is composed of popular pieces in special a capella arrangement for the ensemble composition. The choir is a laureate of Russian Festival of Student Creativity “Festos” (2012-2016) in the pop vocal nomination, laureate of the festival “Crystal Chapel”, participant of XII International Festival of Students and Academic Choirs “Freckle” (“Vesnushka”, 2017). It performed with various programs in halls of Russian Academy of Sciences, Center for Slavic Culture and Writing, International Trade Center, Crocus Las Vegas, and constantly takes part in university projects. The audience invariably warmly receives its sincere emotional performances, which necessarily include dance elements.

Tatiana Rostapshova
Artistic director and conductor of the choir “Healing power of music” of Russian National Research Medical University. She has been engaged in the choral art for more than 35 years, for many years she was the soloist and coordinator of the national collective Academic Choir “Khoral” (Lyubertsy), laureate of Russian and international competitions and festivals conducted by Honored Worker of Culture Irina Kitayenko.
As part of the vocal ensemble “Musical Express” conducted by Elena Gusakova she won in International Choir Competition Bad Ischl (Austria, 2009, 2011), the contest “International Pop Choir Festival Berlin 2014” (Best Performance), Open competition of instrumental and choral ensembles’ show programs of All-Russian Orchestral Assemblies “Cup of the Rector of Moscow State University of Culture and Arts” in the nomination “Show Program of Vocal Ensembles” (Grand Prix – 2014) and others.
Together with Elena Gusakova she organized a choir studio “Healing power of music” in Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University.

Participants – Chamber choir “CARPE DIEM” (Moscow, Russia)

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Chamber choir of National Research Nuclear University Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI) began its history in MEPhI in 2001. The collective annually participates in University cultural events, tours actively, performs at leading concert halls of Moscow and represents MEPhI in city and international festivals such as “Festos” (Moscow), “Chorus inside” (Moscow), “Paparats-kvetka” (Minsk), “Young voices” (Nizhny Novgorod), VII All-Russian academic choirs and vocal ensembles competition “Singing Russia” (Saint-Petersburg), VII International festival of student and academic choirs “Freckle” (“Vesnushka”, Yaroslavl), “Praha of Mozart” (Praha, Czech Republic), “Slovakia cantat – 2014” (Bratislava, Slovakia). The collective became the winner of “Mixed choirs” nomination and won the special prize for the best a cappella piece performance at II All-Russian choral competition-festival “Choral Kazan – 2016”. In February 2017, the choir became the winner of IVth Teratsuyants International Festival of Choral Music in the competition for the best performance of Nordic countries’ and Karelia’s composers’ piece (Petrozavodsk, Russia).
“Carpe diem” (lat.) means “Catch a moment, enjoy the present day”! Let a little bit of creativity be in every moment of life! And then every day would not be lived in vain!
Choirmaster – Ostap Dautov

Elena Gurskaya
Art director and conductor of youth Chamber choir “CARPE DIEM”.
Elena graduated from Gnesiny State Musical College (class of V. Bogdanovskaya, Honored Worker of Culture) and Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory (class of Honored Arts worker of Russia, Professor B. Kulikov).
Since the third-year of her college, she works with a variety of children’s choirs. Since 2003 to 2006 Elena was a choirmaster of the choir school for boys and young men “Debut”, since 2007 to 2008 she was the conductor of the junior choir of Choral and Instrumental department of Alyabyev Childrens’ Music School, and since September of 2009 until now she is the conductor of junior choirs of Instrumental department of Arensky Childrens’ Music School.
Among her personal achievements there are III degree laureate diploma (2013) and II degree diploma (2011) of Festival of young teachers and choirmasters of Moscow culture and art educational institutions; special conductor’s prize of International festival “Praha of Mozart” (2012, Praha); Prize of Government of Moscow for state culture institutions workers in “Best young specialist in the culture sphere” (2014), diploma of laureate of international festival “Chorus inside” in “Choir conductor” nomination.

Participants – Privolzhskiy Research Medical University Choir “Ars longa” (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

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Privolzhskiy Research Medical University Choir “Ars longa” was founded many years ago, but it is only 3 years in its present composition. During this time the collective visited festivals in Moscow and Yaroslavl, became a laureate of II degree of Interregional competition “Instant” (“Mgnoveniye”), laureate of II degree of All-Russian competition of choirs. The collective actively cooperates with Nizhny Novgorod Russian folk orchestra under the leadership of V. Kuznetsov, with the opera class of Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory. Yulduz Masharipova Art director and conductor of the choir “Ars longa”. She graduated from Sobinov Yaroslavl Music College and Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory (Faculty of Choral Conducting). In 2012 Yulduz worked as the art director of boys’ choir “Siskins” (“Chizhiki”) at Children’s Arts School #7 (Yaroslavl), the choirmaster of the male choir “Yaroslavsky singing” and mixed choir “Eteria” (Yaroslavl). In 2013, she became a laureate of All-Russian Olympiad of music colleges on choral conducting, in 2014 Yulduz became the winner of International Song Contest in a foreign language. In 2016, she became a laureate of S. Eidinov All-Russian competition of choral conductors. Yulduz is a curator and organizer of International Festival of Academic and Student Choirs “Freckle” (“Vesnushka”) in Yaroslavl. Currently, she is the conductor of Privolzhskiy Research Medical University choir «Ars longa», as well as the boys’ choir “Beacon” (“Mayachok”) and the choir “Rainbow” (“Raduga”) at Mokrousov music school #11 (Nizhny Novgorod).