Municipal Chamber Choir “Nizhny Novgorod” was founded in 1973 on the initiative of Lev Sivukhin, People’s Artist of Russia, conductor, composer, Honorary Citizen of Nizhny Novgorod, who conducted the collective until 2001. Currently, the artistic director is his disciple and follower – Honored Artist of Russia Boris Mokeev. Since 2012, the main conductor of the choir is a laureate of All-Russian competitions Ivan Stolnikov.
The repertoire of the collective is multifaceted and includes pieces of Russian and foreign classics, an anthology of sacred music, contemporary pieces, folk songs, popular genres.
Under the leadership of Ivan Stolnikov the chamber choir “Nizhny Novgorod” participated in such large-scale creative projects as the performance of “Chornobyl Liturgy” by Archbishop Jonathan (Yeletsky), Creative evenings of St. Petersburg composers Sergey Ekimov, Sergei Pleshak, People’s Artist of Russia Yakov Dubravin, the performance of Requiem by S. Slonimsky, World premiere – the performance of G. Sviridov’s vocal poem “Otchalivshaya Rus” arranged by D. Batin, “Vsenoschnoye bdeniye” (“All-Night Vigil”) by S. Rakhmaninov for the divine service and many others.
The collective represents regularly a musical program for the popularization and propagation of the creativity of contemporary choral composers, including Nizhny Novgorod ones, such as B. Getselev, S. Strazov, S. Smirnov, E. Fertelmeister, etc. Contemporary composers devote their works to the chamber choir “Nizhny Novgorod” (S. Ekimov “Triptych for the poems of V. Nabokov”, Vitaly Khodosh “Ya o tebe pishu” (“I write about you”, Four sonnets by W. Shakespeare in translation by S. Marshak), S. Terkhanov cantata “Minin”, S. Terkhanov “Seven Choirs in verses by B. Okudzhava”).
Nowadays, the creative activity of the chamber choir “Nizhny Novgorod” includes concerts in various venues of Nizhny Novgorod and the region, tours around Russia (St. Petersburg, Yoshkar-Ola, Cheboksary, Saransk, Volgograd, Penza), as well as participation in city-wide cultural events, such as “Christmas Choir Cathedral”, “Easter Choir Cathedral”, “Day of Slavonic Writing”, “Day of People’s Unity” and many others. The choir is an honorary guest of various festivals (“Moscow Easter Festival”, “Young Voices”, “Glasom moim ko Gospodu vozzvakh” (“I called the Lord by my voice”), etc.).
The choir repeatedly became the winner of prestigious competitions and festivals in Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, Ukraine, and in the summer of 2017 became a laureate and Grand Prix winner of International Festival “Poyuschiy mir” (“Singing World”) in St. Petersburg.
The main conductor of Municipal Chamber Choir “Nizhny Novgorod”.
A graduate of Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory (NNSC, the class of Professor V. Kurzhavsky). In 2015 he graduated from an assistant-internship in NNSC (class of Professor E. Fertelmeister), in 2017 he finished the professional retraining course in the class of opera and symphony conducting of Professor N. Pokrovsky.
Ivan is a teacher of Sivukhin Nizhny Novgorod Choral College, a senior lecturer of NNSC, associate professor of St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture. Since 2016, he is the art director and main conductor of All-Russian choral festival “Day of Slavic Writing” (Nizhny Novgorod). Since 2017, Ivan is the chairman of Nizhny Novgorod branch of All-Russian Choral Society and the art director of Christmas and Easter choral cathedrals of the Nizhny Novgorod region.
He was awarded numerous diplomas, such as diplomas of the Minister of Culture of the Nizhny Novgorod region, the Republic of Mari El, the Volgograd region, the Udmurt Republic. In 2017 he was awarded the Honorary Diploma of the Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region. In 2017, together with the Chamber Choir “Nizhny Novgorod”, Ivan was awarded the first 4 prizes, the Grand Prix and the title of “Best Conductor” of International competition “Poyuschiy mir” (”Singing World”, St. Petersburg).