World music with a Russian soul! Russian Renaissance, a genre-defying quartet, takes performance on traditional folk instruments to the next level, creating modern and vibrant interpretations. Winners of the prestigious M-Prize in 2017, the quartet explores new expressive techniques and genres. Their stunning virtuosity defies description and has to be heard to be believed!
Piazzolla Milonga Is Coming
Hans Zimmer “First Step” (from Interstellar)
Hamilton de Holanda 1 Byte 10 Cordas
Ryuichi Sakamoto Tibetan Dance
Béla Fleck Bug Tussle
Folk Song (Russian) Poliushko Pole (Field, Oh Field)
Folk Song (Russian) Sronila Kolechko (She Dropped A Ring)
Egberto Gismonti Frevo
Abreu Tico-Tico no Fuba
Béla Fleck Sinister Minister
New! Summer Series
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 the most electrifying and exhilarating ensembles of today. 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. What makes Russian Renaissance truly special is their ability to both dazzle with breathtaking style and touch the hearts of listeners of all ages and backgrounds. In addition to their success at the M-Prize Competition, Russian Renaissance also received 1st prize at the 69th Coupe Mondiale in Russia in 2016 and was named Musical America’s New Artist of the Month (March 2018).
Recent and upcoming performance highlights include Russian Renaissance’s widely acclaimed debut at UMS (described by one critic as “one of the finest displays of musicianship in the world”), their highly anticipated debut on the Kennedy Center’s Fortas Chamber Music Series, and appearances at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Wheaton College, Da Camera of Houston, Hope College, Festival Napa Valley, Peoples’ Symphony Concerts, The Berman, Midland Center for the Arts, Musical Bridges Around the World, and National Sawdust, among other leading venues in North America. International appearances include concerts at Izumi Hall (Osaka), Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, YOTASPACE Concert Hall, The Youth Theater (Rostov-on-Don), and Theater of Uzice (Serbia), in addition to extensive tours throughout Europe and Asia.
In the fall of 2018, Russian Renaissance released their debut recording on Azica Records, featuring the works that catapulted them to international fame at the M-Prize competition and that highlight their self-proclaimed slogan of “World music with a Russian soul.”