Archive for March, 2016

Hefei University students’ choir (Héféi, China)

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Hefei University students’ choir (Héféi, China)

Hefei University students’ choir was founded in 2011. Nowadays it consists of 60 singers and, thanks to support of university and efforts of participants, is one of the best choral collectives in China.

The choir performs in 2 formations, as female and mixed choir.

Female choir consists of 32 girls aged about 20 years old. The collective performs pieces of various styles and genres on a high level.

The choir participates not only in various university concerts every semester, but in the city of Hefei festival also. The choir repertoire consists of classical pieces, contemporary popular music, rock-n-roll and folk songs.

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Xu Gang

Xu Gang is the Art director of Héféi University students choir. He graduated from Anhui university musical college in 1999. Nowadays Xu Gang is the deputy director of Department of working with students of Hefei University. He is a permanent head of the faculty and students choirs that scored many victories in local and municipal competitions. Xu Gang also headed many other collectives, such as choir Hefei City Women’s Association, Baohe District Choir and Choir of the Garden Committee.

Xu Gang lectures on the basics of vocational training (vocal techniques, singing and choral conductor’s art, the course of improvised piano accompaniment and others).

Girls’ choir of Youth chapel “Harmony” (Gatchina, Russia)

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Youth chapel “Harmony” (Gatchina)

Youth chapel “Harmony” was founded in 1982 in the city of Gatchina of Leningrad region. Nowadays it consists of higher forms students and graduates of Choral department of Children Music School aged 15 – 40, about 30 singers in total. The choir repertoires contains Russian sacred music, folk songs, European classic music, pieces of contemporary Russian and foreign composers. The collective continuously participates in regional and international competitions and wins prizes. Its creative geography (international competitions since 1996) consists of Greece, Austria, Belgium, Latvia, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Estonia, Lithuania and Russian citites.

Art director and main conductor is Irina Roganova.

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Irina Roganova

Irina Roganova is the Honored Culture worker of Russian Federation, member of Concert figures Union of Russian Federation, art director and main conductor of People’s collective Youth chapel “Harmony”, Head of Choral department of Children Music School (Gatchina), laureate of international competitions, art director of choral competitions “Rainbow”, Member of the Board of All-Russian Choral organization, North-West region of Russia Children and Youth choirs association president.

Youth chapel “Harmony” (Gatchina, Russia)

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Youth chapel “Harmony” (Gatchina)

Youth chapel “Harmony” was founded in 1982 in the city of Gatchina of Leningrad region. Nowadays it consists of higher forms students and graduates of Choral department of Children Music School aged 15 – 40, about 30 singers in total. The choir repertoires contains Russian sacred music, folk songs, European classic music, pieces of contemporary Russian and foreign composers. The collective continuously participates in regional and international competitions and wins prizes. Its creative geography (international competitions since 1996) consists of Greece, Austria, Belgium, Latvia, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Estonia, Lithuania and Russian citites.

Art director and main conductor is Irina Roganova.

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Irina Roganova

Irina Roganova is the Honored Culture worker of Russian Federation, member of Concert figures Union of Russian Federation, art director and main conductor of People’s collective Youth chapel “Harmony”, Head of Choral department of Children Music School (Gatchina), laureate of international competitions, art director of choral competitions “Rainbow”, Member of the Board of All-Russian Choral organization, North-West region of Russia Children and Youth choirs association president.

Municipal chamber choir “Nizhny Novgorod” (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

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Municipal chamber choir “Nizhny Novgorod” – special guests 

Chamber choir “Nizhny Novgorod” is one of the most authoritative musical collectives of the city.

The choir was founded in 1973 by People’s artist of RSFSR, Honored Artist of RSFSR, a honorary citizen of Nizhny Novgorod Lev Sivukhin. Thanks to Lev Sivukhin, choral music of contemporary composers, masters of ancient polyphonic school – Lasso, Despres, Clément Janequin, Monteverdi, Dufay, and Russian sacred pieces of Bortnyansky, Berezovsky, Rakhmaninov, Kastalsky, Tchesnokov, that were sounding very rare during Soviet period, began to sound more often in the city.

After the death of Lev Sivukhin in 2001, the art director of the choir was his student, laureate of All-Russian and international competitions, Honored Artist of Russia Boris Mokeyev. Under his baton the choir participated in various city events, collaborated with Nizhny Novgorod archdiocese, Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory and many other organizations.

The choir tours extensively and participates in various competitions and festivals in Russia and abroad.

Art director of the choir is Boris Mokeyev, main conductor is Ivan Stolnikov.

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Ivan Stolnikov

Ivan Stolnikov is the art director and main conductor of Municipal chamber choir “Nizhny Novgorod” since 2012.

Ivan graduated with honors from Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory (class of professor V. Kurzhavsky) in 2010, and graduated from post-graduate course of People’s Artist of Russia, Honored Arts Worker of Russia professor E. Fertelmeister in 2015. Nowadays Ivan is a lecturer of choral disciplines at Sivukhin Nizhny Novgorod choral college and Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory.

Thanks to Ivan, the choir repertoire has expanded significantly, and very serious attention is paid to the performance of contemporary choral music of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Vologda, Rostov-on-Don and many other cities composers.

Choir of Financial university under the government of the Russian Federation

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Choir of Financial university under the government of the Russian Federation

Choir 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 the peoples of the world, Negro spirituals and contemporary popular songs arranged for choir.

Choir of Financial university is a laureate of students creativity festival “Festos” (2012, 2014, 2015), laureate of V All-Russian choir festival “Rus’, kuda zh neseshsya ty?” (Russia, where do you rush?) (2013), laureate of IV international Arts festival “Road to Christmas” (2013), winner of International festival of military and patriotic songs “Heirs of the Victory” (2013) and Moscow vocal and choral festival “Osenneye mgogogolos’ye” (Autumn polyphony) (2013), laureate of X International festival of student and academic choirs “Vesnushka” (Freckle) (Yaroslavl, 2015). The choir regularly performs at the best halls of Moscow. The collective performed at Big and Rakhmaninov’s halls of Moscow conservatoire, concert hall of P. Tchaikovsky, concert hall of Gnesiny 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 the beautiful acoustics of the Evangelical Lutheran Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.

Art director and main conductor is Natalya Shelkovskaya.

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Natalya Shelkovskaya

Art director of Choir of Financial University Natalya Shelkovskaya graduated as a conductor from Gnesiny 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 has finished post-graduate course of Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (mentor is professor S. Kalinin). She studied composition optionally during her student years in conservatoire at class of People’s Artist of Russian Federation, Honored Artist of RSFSR professor V. Agafonnikov. Natalya is a laureate of All-Russian and international competitions.

N. Shelovskaya is an author of some original pieces for mixed choir a cappella (performed by Moscow conservatory choir), author of Russian folk songs arrangements and transcriptions of pieces by other authors for the choirs of various compositions. Nowadays she works as a lecturer of Choir conducting department of Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory.