Chamber choir “CARPE DIEM” (Moscow, Russia)

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Chamber choir “CARPE DIEM” (Moscow, Russia)

Chamber choir began its history in Moscow Engineering PHysics Institute (MEPHI) in 2001. The collective annually participates in University cultural events, tours actively, performs at leading concert halls of Moscow and represents MEPHI at city and international festivals such as “Festos” (Moscow), “Chorus inside” (Moscow), “Paparats-kvetka” (Minsk), “Young voices – 2010” (Nizhny Novgorod), VII All-Russian academic choirs and vocal ensembles competition “Singing Russia” (Saint-Petersburg), VII International festival of student and academic choirs “Vesnushka-2012” (Yaroslavl). “Carpe diem” became laureate of 1st and 2nd degrees in 2 nominations at International music festival “Praha of Mozart” (Praha, Czech Republic) in 2013, it received the winner diploma in “Adult mixed choirs” nomination at International festival of choral and instrumental music “Slovakia cantat – 2014” (Bratislava, Slovakia). The collective has become the winner of “Mixed choirs” nomination and has won the special prize for the best performance of a cappella piece at II All-Russian choral competition-festival “Choral Kazan – 2016”. Chamber choir “Carpe diem” also presents independent programs in collaboration with professional music ensembles for the audience. Its repertoire contains music of different eras.

“Carpe diem” (lat.) means “Catch a moment, enjoy the present day”! Let a little bit of creativity will be in every moment of life! And then every day would have not lived in vain!

Art director – Elena Gurskaya. Choirmaster – Ostap Dautov.

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Elena Gurskaya

Elena graduated from Gnesiny State Musical College (class of V. Bogdanovskaya, Honored Worker of Culture) and Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatoire (class of Honored Arts worker of Russia, professor B. Kulikov). Since the third-year of the college she works with a variety of children’s choirs.

Since 2004 to 2008 Elena was a choirmaster, and then since 2008 until now she is art director of youth Chamber choir “CARPE DIEM” which successfully performs at Russian and international festivals.

Between her personal achievements: 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), laureate diploma of international festival “Chorus inside” in “Choir conductor” nomination.