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.
The Orchestra's current members:
* denotes an original member
|PRIMA BALALAIKA||Anne Brethauer, Sophia Calzavara, Thomas Edwards, Dennis
Miller, Anna Ogden-Nussbaum, David Pook, Olga Trubetskoy
|SEKUNDA BALALAIKA||Anna Graupner, Qiying Li
|ALTO BALALAIKA||Brian Kilgour, Abby Ross
|BASS BALALAIKA||Lauren Schulte
|CONTRABASS BALALAIKA||Krista Ritger, Aaron Sherraden
|PRIMA DOMRA||Dan Cobb*, Allison Fujimoto, Kathy Mittelstadt,
Claudia Torres, Dan Tremmel, Karen Tusack
|ALTO DOMRA||Reng Chiz Der, Bill Foley, Matt Gracz, Megan Metzger,
Sebastian Skarbek, Kelsey South, Vladimir Trubetskoy
|BASS DOMRA||David Grindrod*, Nicholas Pook|