Participants 2018

Lobachevsky University Choir (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

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

Larisa Erykalova

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).

Chamber Choir "Lauda" (Yaroslavl, Russia)

The history of the amateur collective Chamber Choir "Lauda" is more than 24 years old. The choir was founded in 1993 by a graduate of Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory Natalia Golubeva on the basis of Dobrynin Palace of Culture in the city of Yaroslavl. The choir is not professional, its participants are fans of choral singing - accountants, workers and engineers. They are united by the love to singing and strong friendship. The collective performs music of the most diverse genres: choral classics, spiritual music, folk songs arrangements, pieces of contemporary composers.

The creative life of "Lauda" is active and interesting, the collective always responds to all cultural events of the city and region. The choir is a regular participant of the international choral festival "Vesnushka" (Freckle), Zinoviev Choral Festival of Sacred Music, city Vocal Competition. The choir took part in Rubtsov literary and music festival in Vologda, received III degree diploma of VI International Festival "Khrustalnaya Chasovnya" (Crystal Chapel) in Moscow, took II place at St. Sergius Festival of Sacred Music in Rostov Velikiy, became the winner of I degree diploma at choral competition "Young Classics" in Vologda, participated in an international festival in Sweden in 2017.

Natalia Golubeva

Natalia graduated from Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory in 1992 from the class of choral conducting of Professor Yevgeny Garkunov. After the conservatory she returned to her native city of Yaroslavl, where she founded the chamber choir "Lauda" in 1993 on the basis of Palace of Culture of Motor Plant. Natalia is its conductor until now. During this time the choir grew up from 15 to 45 people, leads an active concert activity in the city and region, in the country and abroad.

Children and Youth Choir of Heraklio (Greece)

The Children and Youth Choir of Heraklio was founded in 1985. A number of professional choristers as well as distinguished soloists with careers both in Greece and abroad have been members of this choir. It consists of 100 children, divided into 5 groups, aged 7 to 26.
The choir has visited countries such as: the Czech Republic, France, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy. Its repertoire includes Renaissance and Baroque as well as 20th century musical pieces.
In March 2017 the choir held a Seminar of Interpretation of Claudio Monteverdi’s music with Anna Papagiannaki Divani. In July 2017 the choir was chosen by the Ionian University as the workshop choir in the Choir Conducting Seminar taught by internationally acclaimed Choir Conductor, Doreen Rao.
The pianist of the choir is Nikos Kokkinis, the Singing teacher is Anna Papagiannaki Divani and the theory and solfege teacher is Nikos Kiprakis.

Ioannis Idomeneos
Ioannis Idomeneos was born in Iraklion, Crete. After his studies in Greece (degree in Harmony, Counterpoint, Instrumentation, Fugue, Diploma in Classical Singing - class of F. Voutsinos and K. Pashalis) he lived in Paris (1999-2007) where he continued his studies in Choir Conducting (Conservatoire National de Boulogne-Billancourt - class of M. Guengard) and in Classical Singing with J.L. Dumoulin in Conservatoire National de Pantin, from which he graduated in 2002. In 2003-2004 he completed his knowledge on the teaching of singing in ARIAM Ile de France. He has attended singing seminars with: Laura Sarti, Denise Dupleix, Irma Kolasi, Jeff Cohen, Noel Lee, Francois Le Roux (Fr. Poulenc Academy) , Gabriel Garrido (Ambronay Academy), and Helmuth Rilling (J. S. Bach Academy) and Choir Conducting with Antonis Kontogeorgiou.
He has cooperated with the ensembles: Accentus, Musicatreize, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Concerto Koln, Arsys, Orchestra and Choir of the National Radio and Television, Orchestra of Colours, in several performances in Greece, Cyprus, France, Finland, Czech Republic, Austria, Spain, Germany.
He cooperated with Nikos Mamagakis and features in his albums: “Heimat”, “Saint Erotokritos” (Prevelakis), “Erofili” (Hortatsis), “Shadow Opera” and the melodrama “Erotokritos” (V. Kornaros).
He teaches the art of singing in the Theatre school “Notos” and he conducts the Children Since January 2013 the choir is conducted by Ioannis Idomeneos.

Academic Choir of Far Eastern Federal University (Vladivostok, Russia)

Academic Choir of Far Eastern Federal University was founded in 1999 on the basis of Eastern Institute of Far Eastern State Technical University. The choir singers are students of various technical, humanitarian, natural sciences and other specialties who have no musical education. The love of music allowed them to become one and perform the most complicated choral pieces.
Academic Choir of FEFU is constantly evolving, its repertoire includes pieces of Russian and foreign classics, works by contemporary composers, spiritual music, jazz compositions and songs of peoples of the world.
The choir regularly participates in regional and international competitions and festivals and always receives high awards and gratitude from the audience.
Academic Choir of FEFU was awarded by one gold and two silver medals of III International Florentine Choir Festival (Florence, Italy) in 2014. In 2016 the choir won two gold and one silver medal at 9th World Choir Games in Sochi. In 2017 the choir became the laureate of I Prizes of XIII International Competition of Choral Art "Singing World" in nominations "Mixed choirs" and "Contemporary music", as well as the winner of special jury prizes "For the best presentation of the program" and "For the best musical choreography".

Elena Petukhova
Art director and conductor of Academic Choir of Far Eastern Federal University.

Elena graduated from Far Eastern State Institute of Arts in 1993 with a degree in conducting the choir. Since the student years she has had a passion for creativity, love of music and people. It allows her to achieve an incredible sense of unity with the collective and the audience when she works with the choir.
Elena Petukhova is the conductor of three choral collectives: the choir of junior classes "Firefly" (Svetlyachok), the choir of senior classes "Scarlet Sails" (Alye parusa) of Sergey Prokofiev Vladivostok children music school #1 and Academic Choir of FEFU. The collectives under the leadership of Elena regularly take part in all-Russian and international choral competitions and festivals. In 2013 the choir of senior classes "Scarlet Sails" (Alye parusa) of children music school #1 won the Grand Prix of III All-Russian competition of children's academic choirs and vocal ensembles "Singing Childhood" (St. Petersburg), and Elena became the holder of the title "Best Conductor". In 2016 the choir "Scarlet Sails" won the gold and silver medal of the 9th World Choir Games (Sochi), became the champion of IV Asian and Pacific choral games (Colombo, Sri Lanka) in 2017 in nominations "Children's Choirs" and "Sacred music without accompaniment", as well as the winner of the Grand Prix of Nations (Colombo, Sri Lanka) in the category "Children's Choirs ".

Academic choir of Saint Petersburg State Electrotechnical University LETI (Russia)

The history of Academic Choir of Saint Petersburg State Electrotechnical University LETI is famous for its conductors, events and traditions. The collective was founded and has been performing for more than 60 years. Not only students, graduates and university workers sing in the choir, but also fans of choral art. Since 1999 the artistic director and conductor is Elena Kasyanova.

One of distinguishing features of LETI choir is a-capella singing - the highest form of choral performance. The collective performs at regional, all-Russian, international festivals and competitions, it has been awarded a number of honorable awards at prestigious Russian and international competitions (St. Petersburg, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Estonia, Poland) during recent years, and the choir is a participant of contemporary music projects.

Concert programs of the choir include pieces of sacred music, Russian and foreign classics, folk songs, pieces by St. Petersburg composers and modern arrangements.

Elena Kasyanova
Art director and conductor of Academic Choir of St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University LETI.
She graduated with honors from St. Petersburg University of Culture and Arts in 2000; since 1999 she has been leading LETI choir.

Youth choir “Contrast” (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

Youth choir “Contrast” (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

Youth choir "Contrast" was founded in December 2006 on the initiative of Nizhny Novgorod Pedagogical College students. Nowadays, the choir participants are students of Nizhny Novgorod provincial college, graduates, students of secondary and higher educational institutions, as well as working young people of the city.

The choir is the laureate and a gold diplomas holder of International and All-Russian competitions in Prague (2008), Budapest (2009), Rive del Garda (2010), Ekaterinburg (2012), Siauliai (2014), Vologda (2015), Sochi (2016), Veliky Novgorod (2017). In the fall of 2017, the choir was selected as the winner of Regional and District stages, what gave the right to represent Volga Federal District in the final of All-Russian Choral Competition in Moscow, where he was awarded with the Laureate's diploma with the second place. The choir considers its annual participation in Christmas and Easter night services in the cathedral of Nizhny Novgorod very important for itself.

Olga Podolskaya

Art director and conductor of Youth choir “Contrast”.

Olga graduated from A. Shestakov’s class of Nizhny Novgorod Music school in 1986, and later graduated from Professor M. Samorukova’s class of Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory in 1994. After her graduation she taught at the music school at Nizhny Novgorod Music College. Since 1998 she works as a choir disciplines lecturer at Music department of Nizhny Novgorod Pedagogical College (renamed to Nizhny Novgorod Provincial College). Since 2007 she is the art director and conductor of amateur collective Youth choir “Contrast”.

Linguistic University choir (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

Linguistic University choir (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

People's collective of Russia Academic Choir of Dobrolyubov Nizhny Novgorod State Linguistic University (or Linguistic University choir) was founded in 1991 by Vera Sladchenko, Honored Worker of Culture of Russia.

The choir is the Grand Prix winner of Chaliapin International Festival in Yalta (2009), International competition in France (2011), winner of Golden Diploma of International Festival "Riva del Garda" (Italy, 2008), Schumann International festival (Germany, 2010). It became the laureate of contest-festivals "Danube Rainbow" (Hungary, 2009), "Golden Voices" (Spain, 2010), "Prague Voices" (Czech Republic, 2013), International Choir Festival in Vienna (Austria, 2014), «Petersburg Choir Assemblies» (St. Petersburg, 2015), II Christmas Choir Festival in Warsaw (Poland, 2016), International Choir Assembly «Golden Crane» (Moscow, 2017).

In recent years, the choir has actively cooperated with leading creative collectives in Nizhny Novgorod and the nearest cities. It toured successfully and had joint performances with local collectives in Kirov, Arzamas, Vladimir and Moscow.

The basis of the collective's repertoire contains pieces in different languages ​​of the world. Over the 25-year choir’s history, the choir has performed pieces in more than 30 languages, including English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Georgian, Basque, Turkish, Czech, Polish, Hebrew, Greek, Hungarian, Balinese and many others.

Choirmaster of the choir is Narine Dvorschenko.

Maxim Ivanov

Art director of Linguistic University Choir, laureate of international competitions, teacher of Balakirev Nizhny Novgorod Musical College.

Maxim graduated from Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory (class of Professor Viktor Kurzhavsky) and assistant internship (class of Professor Eduard Fertelmeister). Since 2015, he is the head of the project "Nizhny Novgorod Youth Choir", since 2016 he became the artistic director of Linguistic University Choir. At different time periods, he also worked with Tchaikovsky Izhevsk Municipal Chamber Choir, Choir of Nizhny Novgorod teachers, Youth chamber choir "Movement" (Dvizheniye) and children's collectives of the city.

Student choir chapel of Moscow State Linguistic University "Musica Linguae" (Moscow, Russia)

The choir chapel "Musica Linguae" (from Latin - "Music of the language") was founded in 2000 at Moscow State Linguistic University (MSLU). It is the linguistic orientation that determines the choir repertoire - it includes pieces in a variety of foreign languages (European, Eastern, languages of CIS countries, etc.), and this highlights MSLU chapel among similar student groups.
The collective was formed on the basis of the choir of German language Faculty, to which students from other faculties gradually began to join, who wanted to sing not only in German. That's why it was decided to organize the chamber collective «Musica Linguae». Today the chapel is an invariable participant of all solemn university events - from New Year's concerts and meetings on May 9 to international conferences, linguistic contests and receptions of high-ranking foreign guests. In addition, the collective regularly and successfully performs at various concerts in Moscow and Moscow region, and also participates in Russian and international festivals and competitions.
“Musica Linguae” is a laureate of international spiritual festival “Silver Bells” (Daugavpils, Latvia, 2007), festivals “Festos” (2007, 2015, 2016, 2017), “Freckle” (“Vesnushka”, Yaroslavl, 2011), “Young Voices” (Nizhny Novgorod, 2012), as well as a prize-winner of competitions "Spring in LETI" (St. Petersburg, 2008) and “Canta en Primavera” (Malaga, Spain, 2015).
The choir took part in the biggest international choral competition "World Choir Games" twice. In 2014, in Riga (Latvia), it was awarded a silver diploma of IX degree in "Chamber mixed choirs" category of Open competition. In July 2016, the chapel visited World Choir Games in Sochi and received 1 silver ("Pop Choirs" category) and 2 gold diplomas (“Folklore a Capella” and “Chamber Mixed Choirs” categories), thus qualifying for participation in Champions Competition at the next World Choir Games in South Africa.
Choirmaster of the chapel is Boris Seleznyov, assistant to the art director, talented teacher and conductor, graduate of the school at Moscow Conservatory.

Olga Dubovskaya
Founder, Art director and conductor of MSLU chapel "Musica Linguae".
A professional musician who graduated in 2000 from the music school at Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory and from conductors faculty of Gnessins Academy.

Privolzhskiy Research Medical University Choir "Ars longa" (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

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).

Chamber choir “CARPE DIEM” (Moscow, Russia)

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.

Choir "Healing power of music" of Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University (Moscow, Russia)

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Academic Female Choir of Ushinsky Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University (Yaroslavl, Russia)

Academic Female Choir of Ushinsky Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University was founded 2014 at Department of Theory and Methodology of Music and Art Education of Pedagogical Faculty and successfully combines educational and concert activity. The collective is a "musical business card" of Ushinsky Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University (YaSPU), one of the oldest pedagogical universities in Russia.
Thanks to the active support of the university's management, the choir successfully participates in international festivals and competitions. The collective is a diploma winner of All-Russian festival of student choirs "Vesnushka" (“Freckle”, 2015-2017), International Renaissance Festival in Hungary (2015), laureate of First, Second and Third (I degree laureate) Interregional Sergius Choral Festival in Rostov Veliky (2015 -2017), a diploma winner of the regional festival of choral music "Unity and Song Holiday", a laureate of II degree of International Vocal-Choir Competition "Singing Belogorye" (2016), a Diploma winner of Choral Cathedral in Rostov Veliky (2016), a laureate of III degree of International Festival-Competition "Peter's Days" (2016), a laureate of II degree of Fifth All-Russian Open Choir Festival "Young Classics" (2017).
Choirmaster is Natalia Teplova, concertmaster is Elena Alekseeva.

Yulia Volegova
Art director and conductor of Academic Female Choir of Ushinsky Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University.
Yulia is a graduate of Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory, a senior lecturer of Department of Theory and Methodology of Music and Art Education, a laureate of international competitions.

Mixed choir of Balakirev Nizhny Novgorod Music College (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

Mixed choir of Balakirev Nizhny Novgorod Music College (NMC) is an active participant in various concert projects and events in Nizhny Novgorod. In the second half of the twentieth century, the choir of the school was conducted by the outstanding choirmasters: A. Shestakov, Honored Artist of Russia, Professor G. Muratov. In the XXI century S. Smirnov, Honored Worker of Culture of Russia, Professor, laureate of international competitions, director of Balakirev NMC in 2006-2012 came to replace G. Muratov. Since 2012 the choir is conducted by R. Zhiganshin.
Laureate of an international competition Academic Choir of Balakirev NMC is a participant of All-Russian Competition of Conductors in Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory (Academy), musical gatherings and concerts in the college, concerts and festivals at various city and regional venues. Among the latest projects with the participation of the choir there are subscriptions “Five out of ten” and “|Music in jeans” of Rostropovich Nizhny Novgorod State Academic Philharmonic, performances of Pushkin Nizhny Novgorod Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, concert programs of Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory, "Remembrance Days of Boris Tevlin" with the participation as a conductor of Boris Tevlin’s student – art director of Sveshnikov State Choir E. Volkov, All-Russian festival-competition "Clear voices" (“Zvonkiye golosa”) and many others.

Renat Zhiganshin
Art director and main conductor of Balakirev Nizhny Novgorod Music College Choir.
A graduate of Gorky Choral Capella of Boys, Balakirev Music College. He began his studies at Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory (the class of Professor G. Muratov), in 1996 Renat moved to Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. In 1998 he graduated with honours from Choral Conducting faculty (class of Professor B. Tevlin), and in 2001 he graduated with honours from Opera and Symphony conducting faculty (class of Professor M. Ermler). In 2005 he graduated from the postgraduate course of Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory in symphonic conducting (class of Professor A. Skulsky).
Since December 2000 he worked as a conductor at Tchaikovsky Perm Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. Since February 2001 he is the art director of the chamber orchestra "Allegro" (Perm). Since September 2004 he has been working as the conductor in Academic Symphony Orchestra of Rostropovich Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic. Since 2007 he has been working at Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory.
Currently, he is the art director and main conductor of Pushkin Nizhny Novgorod Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, production symphony orchestra Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory, Academic Choir of Balakirev Nizhny Novgorod Music College.

Youth choir “Vozrozhdenie” /"Revival"/ (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

The youth choir "Revival" was founded by Sergey Smirnov in 1999 from graduates of the choral studio "Kamerton" (“Tuning fork”) of Chkalov Palace of Children's (Youth) Art and students of educational musical institutions and various universities of Nizhny Novgorod.
The collective is a constant participant of festivals and choral cathedrals taking place in Nizhny Novgorod. The choir demonstrated its art in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Togliatti, Samara, Rostov on Don, Kirov, Ivanovo, Kaliningrad, Yaroslavl.
There are more than 100 pieces of Russian and foreign classics in the youth choir’s repertoire, pieces of contemporary authors and folk songs arrangements.
The choir "Vozrozhdenie" is a laureate of international competitions in Moscow (2008), Kazan (2010), St. Petersburg (2011, 2016, 2017), Grand Prix winner of International Choir Competition “Zvuchit Moskva-2017” ("Moscow Sounds") in "Spiritual Music" and "Academic Choir" nominations.

Sergey Smirnov
Art director and conductor of the youth choir “Vozrozhdenie” (“Revival”).
Sergey is an Honoured Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation, Professor of Choral Conducting Department of Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory, a laureate of International Competitions, art director of the children's choral studio "Kamerton" (“Tuning fork”) of Chkalov Palace of Children's (Youth) Art.
He graduated from Gorky Choral Chapel of Boys (1968), Gorky Musical College (1972) and Glinka Gorky (Nizhny Novgorod) State Conservatory (1977). He was awarded "The Best Conductor" diplomas at international competitions.
The creative activity of S. Smirnov is multifaceted. He is the author of a number of choral pieces collections for female, children's and mixed choirs, the author of folk songs choral arrangements. He is a permanent member of the jury of leading International Choir Competitions in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities of Russia, leads workshops in conducting and working with a choir, and provides methodological assistance to choir collectives leaders in Russia.

Chamber Choir of Volga State University of Technology (Yoshkar-Ola, Russia)

Chamber Choir of Volga State University of Technology (Yoshkar-Ola)

The choir’s birthday is celebrated on January 30, 1999, when a vocal ensemble appeared on the basis of the students’ club of Volga State University of Technology (VSUT), which soon evolved into the chamber choir. Nowadays the choir performs at all university holidays, solemn events, at the Republican festival “Choral Spring” (“Khorovaya vesna”). Along with classics, spiritual pieces, arrangements of Russian folk songs, the collective performs music of Finno-Ugrian composers. The choir is well known in the singing society of the Mari Republic.

Chamber Choir of VSUT is a collective of different ages, teachers, students, graduates sing in it, the main thing that unites them is not just a consumer love for music, but a readiness to create it, to learn it, to work up to the seventh sweat. The real foundation of the collective is the male choir group, it is not only a stable part of the collective that is working at rehearsals, but also a brilliant artistic union. Each participant of the choir has a special zest, a student of Faculty of Informatics and Computer Engineering D. Smyshlyaev - a wonderful, virtuosic guitarist, students L. Semenov and M. Mityukova are a creative poetic union, O. Tymbayeva writes poems and songs in her native language, a whole group of bards is engaged in the choir. Already well-known ensemble “Watercolor” (“Akvarel”) and the duet “Natural oxygen” (“Naturalniy kislorod”) were founded in the choir.

Such a non-standard situation leads to non-standard concerts forms in which genres and styles are mixed. Chamber choir of VSUT performs at concerts dedicated to university’s birthdays, honoring the jubilees, days of university’s graduates’ meetings, the choir performed twice in Evseyev museum ("Night at museum", 2012, 2013). Singers of the collective took part in opera performances on the stage of Eric Sapaev Opera and Ballet Theater (P. Tchaikovsky "Eugene Onegin", "Queen of Spades" (“Pikovaya dama”), N. Rimsky-Korsakov "The Tsar's Bride" 2010-2012). Chamber choir of VSUT is a welcome guest at the festival of author's music on Lake Yalchik, where it successfully performs every year.

Traditionally, the choir takes part in the city festival “Choral Spring” (“Khorovaya vesna”) annually. In 2002, Chamber Choir became a laureate of a republican choral music competition. The choir took part in International choir festival "Young Voices" twice, in 2004 and 2008.

In 2015, the choir became a laureate of the I degree in VII International TV Festival-Competition “Constellation-2015” (“Sozvezdiye”, Cheboksary). In November 2017 it became a laureate of the II degree in II All-Russian choral festival-contest "On the Volga expanses" (“Na volzhskikh prostorakh”), held in Cheboksary.

Oksana Nekhaeva

Art director and conductor of Chamber Choir of VSUT.

Oksana has been working at Volga State University of Technologies for 17 years. She has a higher musical and pedagogical education, graduated from Samara State Pedagogical University (Faculty of Arts) with honours.

She is very active in choral art propaganda. Oksana has honorary letters of the mayor of the city of Yoshkar-Ola, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education.

Oksana leads an active scientific and methodical work, is the author of the UMK on Music; actively participates in scientific and methodical conferences, sharing her experience, conducting workshops, open lessons at All-Russian level.

Youth Capella “Harmony” (Gatchina, Russia)

Youth Capella “Harmony” was founded in 1982 by Irina Roganova. Nowadays it is a Gatchina city choir, one of the best choirs in Leningrad Region, well known in St. Petersburg and Russia.
Amateurs aged 15 to 40 years sing in the choir. The collective travels a lot around Russia and Europe, takes part in various festivals and competitions. Youth Capella "Harmony" has repeatedly received prizes and diplomas of laureates in prestigious choral competitions. Among the latest achievements of the choir, there are gold medals at World Choir Games in Sochi (2016), gold and silver medals received at «Nations Grand Prix-2017» in Riga, the laureate diploma of the first and second degree in the choral competition "Silver Bells" in Daugavpils in 2017 and others.
In the repertoire of the choir, there are pieces of various styles and directions: Russian sacred music, foreign classics, a lot of modern music, folklore.

Eugene Ivanov
Art director and conductor of Youth Capella "Harmony".
Graduate of Sivukhin Nizhny Novgorod Choral College in the class of Ivan Stolnikov. In 2017 he graduated from Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory in the class of choral conducting of Professor Sergey Smirnov. Eugene continued his further education with the head of Academic Choir Department of Faculty of Arts Sergey Ekimov in the magistracy of St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture. Laureate of All-Russian competitions. Since February 2018, he became the conductor of Youth Capella "Harmony".