Lobachevsky University Choir is one of the oldest choral collectives of Nizhny Novgorod. Its history began in 1949-1950. Vladimir Izyumenko, honoured worker of culture of the Russian Federation, was its artistic director and main conductor for 35 years. Since 2003 its artistic director and main conductor is Larisa Erykalova, student of Vladimir Izyumenko.
In recent years, the choir has been awarded a number of honorary awards at prestigious Russian and foreign competitions in Russia, Hungary, Italy, France, Germany, Slovakia etc.
The choir is the winner of 7 Gold medals of World Choir Games (Austria, China, USA, Latvia, Russia).
The collective annually participates in the joint projects with Mstislav Rostropovich Nizhny Novgorod State Philharmony in the framework of Philharmony’s subscription. The choir is the organizer of traditional choral festival “Young Voices” in Nizhny Novgorod, participant of city events.
Choirmasters: Alexander Kostrov, Nina Solovieva, Roman Miusskiy
Artistic director and main conductor of the choir, Laureate of Nizhny Novgorod’s prize.
Graduated from Mikhail Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory (class of Vladimir Izyumenko), she was working as a choirmaster of Lobachevsky University Choir from 1992, the artistic director and main conductor since 2003.
Since 2004 Larisa is the artistic director of International choral festival “Young Voices” (Nizhny Novgorod).
Awards: Laureate of Nizhny Novgorod’s prize (2010); Diploma of International choral assemblies “Eurasia cantat” for the best choirmaster’s work (Ekaterinburg, 2011); Diploma “Best conductor” of International festival of choral and folklore music “SLOVAKIA CANTAT” (Slovakia, 2013); Letter of Appreciation from the Metropolitan of Nizhny Novgorod and Arzamas George (2014); Honorary Diploma of the Ministry of Culture of Nizhny Novgorod Region (2014); Honorary Diploma of the Governor of Nizhny Novgorod Region (2015).