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THE TEREM QUARTET


Andrei KONSTANTINOV (domra soprano)
Alexei BARSHCHEV (domra alto)
Andrei SMIRNOV (bayan (accordion))
Mikhail DZIUDZE (double bass balalaika)

T he Ensemble Terem Quartet was founded by students and graduates of the St. Petersburg Conservatoire. In 20 years it has produced more than 2000 concerts, performed in 55 countries worldwide, and recorded 15 CDs.

The repertoire includes classics, from Bach to Piazzolla, Nino Rota and R. Shchedrin, arranged by the members themselves as well as more than 200 original compositions. The musicians make bold experiments with genres and styles, converting the form of academic concert into joyful skittish play appealing to the genetic conscience of people, and their specific humor. They use different musical traditions such as folklore, jazz, classical music. The interpretations are also frequently unexpected and provocative.

The Ensemble was a prize-winner at the XIII International Festival of Youth and Students in Pyongyang, North Korea, of Golden Ostap Prize (nomination: humour in music), and the Company of the Year title. The solo concerts of the Ensemble were confirmed as the best at Edinburgh Festival (The Scotsman).