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.