Participants

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.

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

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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.

Academic choir of Ural Federal University (Yekaterinburg, Russia)

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Academic choir of Ural Federal University named after B. Yeltsin, first Russian president (called “Capella of Ural Polytechnical Institute” in 1955 – 1993) was revived by Svetlana Dolnikovskaya in 2003.

Official choir (capella) history begins in 1955. Over the years, the choir was led by well-known musicians, such as Mikhail Rozhansky, Evgeny Kolobov – People’s Artist of Russian Federation, laureate of State prize of Russia,  founder of Moscow theatre “New opera”; Evgeny Brazhnik - People’s Artist of Russia, laureate of State prize of USSR; Vera Davydova – Honored Artist of Russia. Since the beginning of 1990-s the choir concert activity was stopped.

Nowadays the choir has united students, post-graduates and graduates of different institutes of Ural Federal University. The collective conducts active creative activities and is a permanent participant at regional, All-Russian, international competitions, festivals and master-classes, performs at solo concerts, between which there are performances at Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Macedonia, Japan, Canada and Great Britain. Choir annually takes part in Moscow Easter Festival under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Academic choir of Ural Federal University has won the silver prize at All-Russian choral festival in May, 2015.

Art director and main conductor is Svetlana Dolnikovskaya. Choirmasters are Fridrich Veysgeim, Yana Didkovskaya. Concertmaster of the choir is Oksana Suslova, laureate of All-Russian and international competitions.

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Svetlana Dolnikovkaya

Svetlana Dolnikovkaya is a famous musician in Ural region. She grew up and got a musical education in Yekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk). Talented conductor, she is one of continuers of Russian choral school tradition which has been handed over to her during the years of study in Sverdlovsk Regional College of Music and Mussorgsky Ural State Conservatory by the leading teachers of those years Galina Gurevitch and Margarita Glagoleva. The bright personality, extraordinary interpretations of sometimes the most famous pieces and emotional intensity distinguish the performing style of Svetlana Dolnikovskaya, attracting the attention of choral music lovers and professional musicians.

Svetlana is a laureate of international choral competitions and festivals. She received the special “Best conductor” prize at International youth choral festival in Bratislava (Slovakia) in July of 2009 and the special prize of Vienna city major for the best choir of International youth musical festival “Youth and music and Vienna” (Austria). Svetlana Dolnikovskaya became a laureate of Sverdlovsk region Governor for outstanding achievements in literature and arts.

Saint-Petersburg State Electrotechnical University Academic Choir (St. Petersburg, Russia)

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Saint-Petersburg State Electrotechnical University Academic Choir (LETI)

The history of Saint-Petersburg State Electrotechnical University Academic Choir (LETI) counts more than 50 years and is rich of names, events and traditions. During last 16 years its art director and main conductor is Elena Kasyanova.

One of distinguishing features of LETI choir is singing a-capella - the highest form of choral singing. The choir performance mastery allows to develop the rich and complicated repertoire and to take part in various concerts, festivals and competitions, both in Russia and abroad.

There are first prizes at International competitions in the Czech Republic (Olomouc), Slovakia (Bratislava), Poland (Mendzyzdroe), Estonia (Tallinn) among the choir’s achievements during the last years.

Among the choir projects there are collaborative performances with Youth chamber choir of Saint-Petersburg, Era music band. LETI choir released and presented its first CD in State academic capella in 2014. Choir concert programs contain pieces of Russian sacred music, Russian and foreign classical music, folk songs, pieces of Saint-Petersburg composers and contemporary arrangements.

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Elena Kasyanova

 Elena Kasyanova graduated with honors from Saint-Petersburg Culture and Arts State University (Academic choir department) in 2000. Since 1999 she is the art director and main conductor of LETI choir.

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.

Nizhny Novgorod youth choir (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

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Nizhny Novgorod youth choir is a unique project of Balakirev Nizhny Novgorod musical college unifying different higher and secondary schools of Nizhny Novgorod, Arzamas, Dzerzhinsk, Bogorodsk. The choir first gathered in September, 2015 for participation in “Victory’s fanfares” festival Gala-concert at Minina square, then there were concerts dedicated to People’s unity day at Balakirev Nizhny Novgorod Medical University and “Unity” festival. Main goal of the collective is to bring together talented young people of Nizhny Novgorod region from different schools to share experiences and promote choral singing among the students.



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Maksim Ivanov

Maksim Ivanov graduated from Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatoire in 2012 from professor V. Kurzhavsky class, post-graduate course in 2014 at professor E. Fertelmeister class. He was working as a choirmaster of Dobrolyubov Nizhny Novgorod State Linguistic University, as an art director and main conductor of Tchaikovsky Izhevsk municipal chamber choir (2012-2013). Maksim was an initiator of Youth chamber choir “Movement” creation (2008-2010) and Nizhny Novgorod lecturers’ choir (2013-2015). Nowadays he’s a lecturer of Balakirev Nizhny Novgorod musical college.

Chamber choir “Gaudeamus” (Moscow, Russia)

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Chamber choir “Gaudeamus” of Bauman Moscow State Technical University was founded in 1968 . Dr. Vladimir Zhivov is the founder, artistic director and main conductor of the choir. Dr. Zhivov has titles of Honored Worker of Culture of Russia and Honored Worker of Arts of Russia.

“Gaudeamus” was founded as a number of small vocal ensembles. “Gaudeamus” got the title “People’s Collective of Russia” in 1977 and received a “Lenin’s Komsomol” prize in 1982.

The choir's repertoire contains Russian and foreign classical and spiritual choral music.

"Gaudeamus" regularly participates in different Russian and international festivals and competitions, besides it: France (2004, 2008), Monaco (2008), Belarus (2010, 2014), Czech Republic (2012), Serbia (2015) etc., and is laureate and prize winner at many of them.

 

Lightbox ImageVladimir Zhivov (born in 1938) is a famous Russian choral conductor, Honored Artist of Russia, candidate of pedagogical sciences, professor of Vocal and choral conducting department at Culture and Arts Institute of Moscow City Pedagogical University. For more than half a century he is working with professional, training and amateur choirs. Since 1968 he is the founder and artistic director of Chamber choir “Gaudeamus” of Bauman Moscow State Technical University. Vladimir is a jury member of national and international choral competitions and festivals.  He’s the author of more than 200 works on choral singing and musical pedagogy, the chairman of academic choirs commission of Moscow musical society and a member of the Presidium of All-Russian choral society.

Youth choir “Contrast” (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

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Youth choir “Contrast” (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

Artistic director and conductor – Olga Podolskaya.

Choirmaster – Olga Shiryaeva.

Youth choir “Contrast” was founded in December of 2006 by the initiative of Konstantin Ushinsky Nizhny Novgorod pedagogical college’s students (renamed to Nizhny Novgorod Provincial College in 2015)

Its participants are the college’s students and graduates and students of secondary and higher educational institutions of Nizhny Novgorod. Over the years, the choir "Contrast" represented its college at different stages of Nizhny Novgorod, Nizhny Novgorod region and Russia.

Youth choir "Contrast" is the Gold diploma winner at International competition "Young Prague" (Czech Republic, 2008), Silver diploma winner at International choral competition (Hungary, 2009), received Gold diploma at XI international choral competition (Italy, 2010), Gold diploma winner at International choral competition “Eurasia Cantat” (Yekaterinburg, 2013), Gold diploma at International choral competition (Lithuania, 2014).

The choir is multiple diploma’s winner and laureate of choral festivals: All-Russian choral festival of sacred music “From heart to heart” (Sarov, 2010/2013), International choral festival (Croatia, 2012), XIV International choral festival “Young Voices” (Nizhny Novgorod, 2012), All-Russian open choral festival “Young classics” (Vologda, 2015).

An important thing for the choir is its regular participation in Christmas and Easter choral cathedrals (Nizhny Novgorod). Invited by Metropolitan of Nizhny Novgorod and Arzamas Georgy, the choir participates in Christmas and Easter night services.

The choir does not stop there and full of new creative ideas.

 

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Olga Podolskaya graduated from A. Shestakov’s class of Nizhny Novgorod music school, graduated from professor M. Samorukova’s class of conducting and choral department of M. Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory. Since 1998 she works as a lecturer at D. Ushinsky Nizhny Novgorod pedagogical college (Nizhny Novgorod Provincial college).

Linguistic University choir (Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia)

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Linguistic University choir was founded in 1991. Since its foundation and until 2012

its artistic director and conductor was the Honoured Culture Worker of Russia Vera Sladchenko. Nowadays the choir is the laureate of different competitions: “Spring of Nizhny Novgorod”, “Young Voices”, All-Russian competition of academic choirs “Singing Russia”, V. Sokolov International festival.

2004 - the choir was a participant of culture program “Russian Fair“ in Germany.

2005 - the collective won International festival and competition “Singers of the Third Millenium” in Rostov-on-Don.

2007 – the choir was awarded by silver diploma at “Young Prague” competition.

2008 – gold diploma at International competition in Italy.

2009 – participated in International festival “Danubian Rainbow”, where the collective performed with great success in Budapest and Bratislava.

The choir is the Grand Prix winner at F. Shalyapin International festival (Yalta, 2009), Grand Prix winner of International competition in France, 2011, the receiver of gold diploma of R. Shuman International choral festival (Germany, 2010), the winner of “Gold voices” competition in Spain, 2010, and also a participant of International choral festivals in Czech Republic in 2013 and in Austria in 2014.

The laureate of international competitions Alena Bondina is its artistic director and conductor since 2013.


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Alena Bondina

Alena Bondina graduated with honors from M. Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory in 2012 from class of professor Eduard Fertelmeister. Since 2010 she was working as a choirmaster at Linguistic University choir and became its main conductor in 2013.

 

Nizhny Novgorod State University Choir (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

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People's collective of Russia Nikolay Lobachevsky Nizhny Novgorod State University Choir (Nizhny Novgorod).

Nizhny Novgorod State University Choir is one of the oldest choral collectives of Nizhny Novgorod: its history began in 1949. Vladimir Izyumenko was its artistic director and main conductor for 35 years. The choir received the honorary title "People's collective of Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic" in 1974 under his baton.

Nowadays the choir is a participant and laureate of Russian and foreign festivals and competitions in choral music, winner of many honors and awards.

Between the recent awards there are: 2 Silver medals of VIth World Choir Games (Shaoxing, China, 2010); GRAND PRIX  of Ist International choral assemblies (Yekaterinburg , Russia, 2011); 2 Gold medals of VIIth World Choir Games in Cincinnati (USA, 2012); GRAND PRIX of the International Choral and Folklore Music Festival SLOVAKIA CANTAT (Bratislava, Slovakia, 2013); 2 Gold medals of VIIth World Choir Games (Riga, Latvia, 2014).

Nizhny Novgorod State University Choir also participates in the projects of Mstislav Rostropovich Nizhny Novgorod State Philharmonic and Mikhail Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory (Academy) and collaborates with "Soloists of Nizhny Novgorod" orchestra.

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Conductor Larisa Erykalova

Graduated from Mikhail Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory (class of Vladimir Izyumenko) in 1996, she was working as a choirmaster of Nikolay Lobachevsky Nizhny Novgorod State University Choir from 1992 till 2002. In 2003 she became the artistic director and conductor of Nizhny Novgorod State University Choir.  Since 2004 she is the artistic director of International choral festival "Young Voices" (Nizhny Novgorod). Larisa was awarded by Nizhny Novgorod prize in 2010.

JazzVocals (Berlin, Germany)

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The JazzVocals are a group of chaotic-creative individualists of very different ages: Around 25 singers are part of the Berlin based a cappella choir. The ensemble rehearses since 1991 at the music school Béla Bartók in Pankow-Weißensee, Berlin.

For us “Jazz“ is more of a universal idea. It describes everything that has a groove to it - be it songs by The Beatles, funk or world music. Our repertoire is quite colourful, ranging from jazz standards to pop and folk music as well as our own arrangements. We perform with passion and joy and our concerts are filled with improvisations mouth percussion and sound experiments.

The JazzVocals participated in numerous festivals and workshops throughout Europe and Latin America. We tied many connections as well as organizing and participating in exchanges with international choirs - always searching for unique harmonic compositions, eager to share experiences and to build new friendships all over the world.

Friendship is the center of the JazzVocals and that's what you can hear, see and feel. The fun we have at our concerts is contagious.

After being honoured with outstanding achievements and the first place at the Berliner Chortreff in 2013, JazzVocals won third place at the Deutscher Chorwettbewerb 2014 in the category Jazz and Pop Music and merely two weeks later first place at “Cracovia Cantans” the International Choir Festival in Kraków, Poland.

On this occasion the choir was invited by the chair woman of the jury, Irina Roganova, to the International Choir Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, which she is presiding over as Artistic Director.

Naturally, JazzVocals accepted the invitation and visited this breath-taking city in March 2015 and once again won over the Jury and took first place in the competition.

In June 2015 conductor Susanne Faatz and four members of the choir once again travelled to St. Petersburg and gave a master class for other conductors and choirs. It was a resounding success and so the choir is delighted to be invited to the “Young Voices” Festival 2016 in Nizhny Novgorod as the special guests of the festival.
The collective would like to thank Goethe institute for the financial support which made its participation possible goethe10

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After working as an academic high school teacher for many years our conductor Susanne Faatz now fully dedicates her time and passion to music and especially choral singing and is a freelance conductor at the music schools Treptow-Köpenick and Pankow-Weißensee in Berlin. Besides conducting the JazzVocals and other choirs she is attending national and international jazz and choir workshops and is herself organizing workshops since 2001, training other teachers and working as a Juror. She is a member of the music committee for the Berliner Chorverband.

During her years as an active teacher she initiated various musical projects with her students. In her free time she was a member of the Berliner Singakademie and its chamber choir.

In 2013 Susanne Faatz received the Geschwister-Mendelssohn-Medal acknowledging her extraordinary achievements for the choir community in Berlin.

Art-choir (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

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Art-choir (Nizhny Novgorod)

Art-choir is a new youth collective that consists of Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatoire students. Suggesting scenic interpretation of musical compositions, it realizes an idea of choral theatre in its creativity.

The collective was founded in 2011. Its conductor Galina Suprunenko is the organizer and creative inspirer of the choir.

The repertoire of Art-choir consists of vocal and plastic versions of individual works such as “Pavana” by G. Fauré, “Bolero” of M. Ravel, folk songs arranged by M. Bronner, choral triptych “Ot vesny do oseni” (From spring to fall) and concert-rapsody “Pesni serdtsa” (Songs of heart) by E. Fertelmeister (choreographer L. Akinina), and also choral shows “Sentimentalnaya Sarabanda” (Sentimental Sarabande) and “Dykhanie Vselennoy” (Breath of the universe) (choreographer – E. Bogdanova), each of them is unique in its concept and embodiment. Concerts-shows connect music of different eras and styles from madrigals of С. Monteverdi, polyphony of J. Bach to modern music of B. Britten, Ē. Ešenvalds, E. Whitacre, P. Vasks etc.

The living action of Art-choir on stage, coming to the eyes of the audience, brings together all present by a united spirit of co-creation and empathy.

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Galina Suprunenko

Galina is a Senior Lecturer at Choral conducting department of Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatoire.

She’s a laureate of All-Russian competition, Ph.D. in History of Arts (dissertation topic is “Choral theatre as a genre”).

Working as a choir conductor at Choral conducting department and Musical and pedagogical department, and also as a singer, Galina leads an active creative activity. She participates in concerts, festivals and season ticket events of Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatoire. Galina is the art director of Art-choir since 2011. Developing an idea of new direction in choral performance – choral theatre, Galina Suprunenko creates choral programs with a common dramaturgy, uniting the choral singing with plasticity, poetry and painting.

Saratov provincial theater of choral music (Saratov, Russia)

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Saratov provincial theater of choral music was founded in 1991 by the initiative of Honored Worker of Arts of Russia Ludmila Litsova who is its art director and main conductor.

The collective is a laureate and Grand-Prix winner of International competition of choral music (Poland, 1993), V Internaltional competition “Yalta-Victoriya-2005” (Ukraine, Yalta, 2005), laureate of II International competition of choirs “Singing World” (2006), participant of more than 40 international festivals in France, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Russia (Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Tambov, Saratov). The collective is a permanent participant of international festivals of orthodox music and “Moscow fall” in Moscow, Dyagilev festivals in Perm (2013, 2014), International music festival “World. Era. Names” (2014, 2015) and Interregional choral festival “Ascension” (2015) in Ulyanovsk, Volga choral assemblies in Volgograd (2014), Neygauz festival and Sobinov festivals in Saratov.

Its repertoire contains works of different epochs, styles and genres: from G. Palestrina and J.S. Bach to A. Schnitke and K. Penderecki. Saratov provincial theater of choral music recognized as one of the best Russia choirs, and a number of contemporary composers creates pieces specially for this collective (M. Arkadiev, M. Gogolin, S. Ekimov, M. Kalistratov, A. Kulygin, A. Larin, E. Podgayts, V. Ryavov, Y. Falik etc.). Many orchestras from Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Krakow, Bydgoszcz, Hajnówka (Poland), Frankfurt am Main and Alzenau (Germany) collaborated with it; conductors D. Botinis, M. Granovsky, O. Zverev, D. Kitayenko, Y. Kochnev, F. Mansurov, A. Rudin, E. Serov, A. Feldman, E. Khilkevitch, O. Yanchenko (Russia), M. Knell, L. Kremer and G. Jenemann (Germany), H.M. Florenzo (Poland), T. Currentzis (Greece, Russia).

As a part of the collective different ages choirs successfully perform – the winners of international competitions.

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Ludmila Litsova

Professor, Honored worker of Arts of Russia, graduate of Sobinov Saratov state conservatoire (1972) and postgraduate study on “Academic choir conductor” course (1974, class of professor E. Sidorova). Ludmila interned in Tchaikovsky Moscow state conservatoire at professor B. Tevlin class. Since 1972 she teaches at Saratov State Conservatoire, since 1992 she is the head of Academic choir conducting department, art director of Saratov state conservatoire Academic choir.

Ludmila Litsova is the laureate and Grand-Prix winner of international choral music competitions (Międzyzdroje, Poland, 1993; Yalta, Ukraine, 2005; Moscow, 1994, Samara, 2001, Saint-Petersburg, 2006, 2010, Russia).

She’s a jury member of many international competitions, an author of articles on choral education and performances problems. Ludmila is an initiator and art director of Open provincial academic choirs’ festivals-competitions “Golden lights of Saratov”, creative laboratories and workshops “Singing choirmaster”, “Conducting choirmaster”, Interregional competition of conductors and choirmasters “Choral provinces”, and choral master-classes. She is one of conductors of All-russian master-class “National youth choir” held in Tchaikovsky Moscow state conservatory.

Female choir of Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

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Female choir of Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory - special guests

The collective was founded in September, 2006. Small in composition (12 – 16 singers) and being renewed annually for its half (consisting of 1-2 courses students of Choral conducting department), academic female choir holds the position of quite independent and having its own performing face creative collective.

Consistently warm reception rendered to the choir by very different audiences may be explained by subtle expressiveness, honesty, emotional elation and expressive performance. Considerable public interest is caused by a variety of concert programs including the best examples of Russian and foreign classics of six centuries, transcriptions of vocal miniatures, folk songs arrangements and pieces of popular music.

Choir has to its credit annual solo concerts at Great hall of Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory, city concert venues and nearby districts of Nizhny Novgorod area venues, participation in collaborative projects of the city creative collectives, numerous guest appearances in Moscow, Kazan, Vladimir, Yaroslavl, Rybinsk, Vologda. The choir is a diploma winner of L. Sivukhin choral festivals, Sheremetev choral assemblies, Rybinsk choral festival dedicated to 100th anniversary of V. Sokolov birthday.

The success of the collective is largely determined by the reigning atmosphere of sincere interest in understanding of all the choral performance secrets, dedication of each and every to the hard work to improve their vocal and choral skills.

Female choir of Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory plays a significant role in training of future choirmasters, being an active participant of annual conductors competitions organized by Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory and the base for conductor’s practice of Conducting department students of Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory.

Art director and main conductor is Nikolay Pokrovsky.
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Nikolay Pokrovsky

Nikolay Pokrovsky is the head of Choral conducting department of M. Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory, professor, art director of Female choir of Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory.

Mixed choir of Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

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Mixed choir of Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory - special guests

Mixed choir of Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory is a training and concert collective consisting of Conducting department of 1-5 courses students. The choir activity combines various tasks. From one hand, choirmaster’s practice of Conducting department students and state exams preparation programs of graduate students, from the other hand – preparation of one’s concert programs of choral, cantata and oratorio music from the world music repertoire and performances at various concert venues of Nizhny Novgorod and outside.

Between the most significant events in recent years the touring trip to the cities of Ivanovo, Yaroslavl, Rybinsk, Vologda (2008); concert at Republican central concert hall in Kazan (2009, 2013); solo and collaborative performances of “Demestvennaya liturgy” by A. Grechaninov and C-moll mass by W. Mozart with Kettwiger Bach-ensemble in Essen, Germany (2010), performances at Nizhny Novgorod phylharmony (2013).

There were concerts at Classical music center (Vladimir), Small Hall of Moscow International House of Music in 2014, V. Popov Academy of choral art, Great hall of Moscow state conservatory, Great hall of Moscow International House of Music in 2015.

Mixed choir of Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory is a winner of L. Sivukhin choral festivals diplomas, Sheremetev choral assemblies, Rybinsk choral festival dedicated to 100th anniversary of V. Sokolov birthday, an active participant of annual All-Russian competitions of conductors-students of secondary special educational institutions.

Art director and main conductor is Boris Markus.

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Boris Markus

Boris Markus is an associate professor of Choral conducting department, dean of M. Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory. He’s the art director of Mixed choir of Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory since 2006.

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.