General provisions

The Folk Instruments Department is a division of the International Music Academy. It was established 3 years ago. In recent years, there is a common rise of interest to folk instruments: virtuoso performers are in-demand, and mixed ensembles appear, combining both academic and folk genres in a so called “crossover” style.


Folk instruments Department at the Music Academy of the XIV Winter International Arts Festival in Sochi

Dmitry Dmitriyenko (bayan)

Laureate of international competitions, head of department “orchestra folk instruments” of State Musical Pedagogical Institute named after M.M. Ippolitov-Ivanov.

Andrey Gorbachev (balalaika)

Laureate of international competitions, Head of the Department of Stringed Folk Instruments of the Russian Gnesin Academy of Music (2004), Professor (2010)

Ekaterina Mochalova (domra)

Concertmaster of National academic orchestra of folk instruments of Russia named after Osipov, major professor of Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, laureate of all-Russian and international competitions

Alexey Morgunov (balalaika)

Candidate of Art History, Chief Conductor of the Lipetsk State Orchestra of Folk Instrumentsd

Vladislav Afanasiev (domra)

Domra player, member of the ensemble of Russia

Ivan Shramkov

Musician, producer, cultural scientist, professor of Gnessin Russian Academy of Music (department of management of musical art, department of producing of performing arts).

Registration for participation in 2021 is completed

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- Alexander Tchaikovsky, composer