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
|ACCORDION||Katrina Harms, Amy Wencel
|PRIMA BALALAIKA||Anne Brethauer, Thomas Edwards, Hannah Miller, Anna
Ogden-Nussbaum, Anna Peterson, David Pook, Olga
Trubetskoy, Varvara Tsylina
|SEKUNDA BALALAIKA||Anna Graupner, Qiying Li
|ALTO BALALAIKA||Matt Appleby, Laura Schmidt
|BASS BALALAIKA||Lauren Schulte
|CONTRABASS BALALAIKA||Melissa Gilmore, Andrew Marco
|PRIMA DOMRA||Dan Cobb*, Kathy Mittelstadt, Claudia Torres, Dan
Tremmel, Karen Tusack
|ALTO DOMRA||Bill Foley, Ariel Ketcham-Warshaw, Bryce Linden, Kelsey South, Vladimir Trubetskoy|
|BASS DOMRA||David Grindrod*, Nicholas Pook|