APRIL 17, 2020, 7:30 PM
through midnight April 19
After emerging with the $100,000 Grand Prize at the 2017 M-Prize Competition, the largest prize for chamber music in the world, Russian Renaissance has firmly established itself as one of today’s most electrifying and exhilarating ensembles. Through stunning performances of everything from tango and folk to Classical and jazz, Russian Renaissance is redefining the possibilities of their traditional Russian folk instruments (balalaika, domra/domra alto, button accordion, and balalaika contrabasso) and capturing the attention of audiences worldwide.
In addition to their success at the M-Prize Competition, Russian Renaissance has also received a Gold Medal for Chamber Music at the 1st Vienna International Music Competition (2019) and first prize at the 69th Coupe Mondiale in Russia (2016). Musical America named Russian Renaissance “New Artist of the Month” in
Russian Renaissance aims to "marry tradition and modernity, creating a fusion of styles and eras." Their programs range from the Baroque and Romantic eras to folk, jazz, and tango, including music by J.S. Bach, Tchaikovsky, Galliano, Piazzolla, Sakamoto, Bela Fleck, Django Reinhardt, and the members of the group itself. They will announce the pieces they will play from the stage.
Watch Russian Renaissance pay homage to Django Reinhardt - and listen for a familiar orchestral theme lurking in the middle!
"I've been trying to put my finger on what exactly made the performance so engaging and unforgettable for me. Was it the diverse program that spanned centuries of composers from around the world? Was it the fact that they played two hours of music completely from memory? Was it their colorful arrangements? Was it their perfect display of technique, virtuosity, and ensemble playing? I think my indecisiveness is a testament to the pure musicianship that radiated from these four performers. " Arts at Michigan