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Russian Duo

About the Artist

Russian Duo, an international project born out of a love of traditional music and classical elegance, has been fascinating children acorss North America with vibrant balalaika, piano and vocal performances. Oleg (balalaika virtuoso from Siberia) and Terry (American concert pianist) perform traditional Russian music, chamber music classics and unique transcriptions of world favorites. Russian Duo celebrates cross-cultural collaboration.

Discover teamwork in action. Experience how performers, composers and audiences work together. Oleg Kruglyakov, balalaika virtuoso, and Terry Boyarsky, masterful pianist, offer an introduction to Russian folk music through the balalaika, a traditonal Russian 3-stringed instrument. Students will be captivated by exuberant music, energized by dynamic rhythms, moved by beautiful melodies. The audience becomes an essential part of the concert, challenged by inquiry-based predicaments and collaborating using Russian percussion instruments (Study guide available with booking).

Grade LevelsK-8
Maximums500 Students , 55 minutes, 3/day
Technical Requirements

Access to electricity, two chairs and a large table, dressing room

Total Fee1 performance- $880 / 2 performances (same day and same school)- $1,540
School Portion1 performance- $440 / 2 performances (same day and same school)- $770

Oleg and Terry create a residency in tandem with your class curriculum, aligning to Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Music standards. They teach Russian folk dances such as Korobushka, Katya, Troika and Russian Two-Step. They include beloved folk songs -- Kalinka, Kalina, Volga Boatmen -- discussing the historical, cultural and musical significance as well as comparing and constrasting to life in America. They demonstrate how to play Russian percussion instruments -- the treshyotka, lozhky, buben, wood block -- Oleg plays jaleika and birch bark whistle and includes all in a culminating performance with the Duo.

Grade Levels2-8
Maximums45 Students, 45 minutes, 4/day
Technical Requirements

Enough space for movement activities, electrical outlet, armless chair, piano bench

Total Fee3 day residency - $3,000
School Portion3 day residency - $1,000

There is nothing more quintessentially Russian than the three-horse-drawn carriage known as the troika. Students learn the folk dance Troika with ethnomusicologist Terry, and perform it to balalaika music played by Siberian-born Oleg. Students will understand the era in Russia when troikas were used in a sophisticated mail relay system and contrast it to today's communication systems. While dancing and accompanying each other with Russian percussion instruments, and lots of bells, studetns also learn about counting beats, form/structure, and patterns.

Grade Levels2-8
Maximums45 Students, 45 minutes, 4/day
Technical Requirements

Enough space for movement activities, plus electrical outlet, armless chair 

Total Fee$386 without performance / $330 (with performance or multiple workshops)
School Portion$193 without performance / $165 (with performance or multiple workshops)


  • Kathy Hopkins, Aversboro Elementary School, 919-662-2325
  • Alice Zincone, Governor Morehead School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 919-715-0532