Read the recent
University Library article on Victor.
Originally from Moscow, Russia, Victor immigrated to the United States in 1982. He holds a Master's Degree in Music (classical guitar and orchestral conducting) from Gnesin College of Music in Moscow. Before moving to Madison in 1995, he worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where, in addition to being a Slavic Studies Librarian, he was Assistant Director (under the late Professor John Garvey) and later, Music Director of the University of the Illinois Russian Folk Orchestra, the official School of Music performing and touring ensemble. Under Victor's baton, the 40-piece orchestra was performing several times a year at the University of Illinois' Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and toured around the Midwest.
In 1996, with the generous financial help from CREECA, Victor was able to purchase authentic Russian folk instruments, domras and balalaikas, and rehearsals began in the fall of 1997.
When Victor happens to have free time, he likes to spend it
reading, listening to other music, traveling,
magic. And occasionally, he enjoys doing rather
goofy things (see 2nd photo above)
The Orchestra's current members:
* denotes an original member
|PRIMA BALALAIKA||Anton Babkin, Thomas Edwards, Dennis Lynch, Anna Ogden-Nussbaum,
David Pook, Olga Trubetskoy
|SEKUNDA BALALAIKA||Michael Carlson
|ALTO BALALAIKA||Brian Kilgour
|BASS BALALAIKA||Lauren Schulte
|CONTRABASS BALALAIKA||Yuriy Kolossovsky, Nebojša Macura
|PRIMA DOMRA||Dan Cobb*, Allison Fujimoto, Devin Johnson,
Kyeong Kim, Kathy Mittelstadt, Dan Tremmel, Karen Tusack,
Mike Watters, Snezhana Zheltoukhova
|ALTO DOMRA||Bill Foley, Reng Chiz Der, Sebastian Skarbek, Vladimir
|BASS DOMRA||David Grindrod*|
|SOPRANO||Annika Bäckström, Maia Braden,