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Russian Renaissance Quartet

Russian Renaissance Quartet

Crossover quartet Russian Renaissance brings traditional Russian folk music to another level. Since making its debut in October 2015, live-scoring with world-renowned director and Cannes Film Festival laureate Emir Kusturica, the quartet has gone on to win accolades for its high-profile appearances in Russia, the United States, Serbia, and Japan. The ensemble was recently recognized with the University of Michigan’s 2017 M-Prize, which includes a cash award of $100,000. Russian Renaissance’s members are Ivan Kuznetsov on balalaika, Alexander Tarasov on accordion, Ivan Vinogradov on contra-balalaika, and Anastasia Zakharova on domra.


Saturday, July 28 | 11:00 AM
Bouchaine Young Artist Concert: Russian Renaissance

The captivating ensemble Russian Renaissance, a Moscow-based quartet that won last year’s $100,000 grand prize at the University of Michigan’s M-Prize chamber music competition, performs traditional Russian folk music filtered through a modern sensibility, playing fiery and lyrical music on balalaika, contrabass balalaika, button accordion and the lute-like domra.

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Saturday, July 28 | 7:30 PM
Patron Dinner at Far Niente

To experience Far Niente is to experience some of the region’s most precious history. Guests tonight will do just that, with cocktails in the restored Carriage House followed by a sumptuous dinner by estate chef Sarah Walz. The evening culminates with a musical performance among the sigh-inducing vistas on Far Niente’s private Hilltop site.

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