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Russian Timbre (ensemble of bayan players)

Russian Timbre (ensemble of bayan players)

Kuzminskiy

Artistic director – Honored Artist of Russia Vyacheslav Kuzminsky

• The only ensemble playing music on timbre bayan harmonicas that have no equivalents in the world.
• Founded in Moscow in 1982 by a group of Moscow graduates with a degree in music spearheaded by celebrated Russian bayan player and conductor Valery Somorov.
• In 1987 Russian Timbre ensemble became part of Moscow Region Philharmonic.

From 1991 till present time the ensemble has been led by Vyacheslav Kuzminsky.

Two gifted Russian masters Nikolay From and Nikolay Kosorukov, who had been experimenting with the sound and shape of bayans in the mid- 20-s of the XX century, designed originally shaped timbre bayans with distinct sounding. Their endeavor resulted in creating bayans acoustically reminiscent of wind instruments for a symphony orchestra (flute, hoboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, tuba). The instruments have at their core specifically designed wooden resonators that are organ-like and interact with metallic voices. Russian Timbre ensemble preserves the last one-of-a-kind set of instruments made by Nikolay Kosorukov.

The ensemble won in top-notch national and international competitions, such as Grand Prix, France (1991) and Castelfidardo Cup, Italy (1991). All the musicians received the title Honored Artist of the Russian Federation for contributing to the art (2004). For contribution to developing culture in Moscow region and Russia the ensemble received Moscow region Governor's award (2006). A number of times the ensemble performed for government representatives and leaders of Russia, the USA, European and Asian countries.

The ensemble toured across Russia and beyond, winning remarkable appreciation.

The following concerts have been presented recently:
• Performing for the Presidents of Russia and North Korea during their meeting in Ulan-Ude (2011).
• Performing with Robertino Loretti at MIHM (2011).
• Solo recital in North Ossetia Opera and Ballet Theatre (Vladikavkaz town, 2012).
• The ensemble receives the highest award of Gnessin Academy – Silver Discs for contribution into the art of bayan playing (2012).
• Participated in International festival of chamber music in Pietrasanta (Italy, 2013).
• Participated in International festival of folk music in Prague (Czech Republic, 2013).
• Tour of Germany and Switzerland: Hamburg, Ravensburg, Ebikon, Orbe, Zug (2013).
• Featured in the opening ceremony and culture program of the 22nd Olympics in Sochi (2014).
• Tour of Germany and Switzerland: Tramelan, Zug, Yverdon-les-Bains, Estavayer-le-Lac (2014).

The repertoire includes music of various styles and genres: popular classics, renditions of folk tunes, jazz compositions, original pieces. The arrangements made by artistic leader Mr. Kuzminsky exclusively for the ensemble unfold the beauty of the sounding, timbre coloring, and the range of each instrument.

Vyacheslav Kuzminsky / horn bayan – Artistic leader, Honored Artist of Russia
Pavel Zaytsev / hoboe bayan – Honored Artist of Russia
Alexey Kochurov / traditional bayan – Award winner of international competitions
Vyacheslav Stoma / clarinet bayan – Honored Artist of Russia
Maxim Tkachyov / tuba bayan – Award winner of Russian national competition