“They are so good at what they do that one wants to go to Russia and listen to them again and again…” – USA Today
The members of Style of Five are brilliant, charismatic performers of Russian folk music. They also delight in exploring the classical genre with their own unique instrumentation and arrangements. Each musician is a highly respected expert on these complex Russian traditional instruments, and the group’s performances in Russia, Europe, Japan and the U.S. are cheered for their virtuosity, imagination and the sheer joy and fun of their programs. A unique feature of Style of Five is their imaginative combination of traditional Russian musical instruments (domra, psaltery, accordion, and balalaika) with synthesizer. The musicians’ ability to experiment and improvise, to explore non-traditional musical forms, allows the group to use their unique combination of old and new instruments in fascinating ways. The musicians are equally proficient in performing solo, duo, trio, quartet, and quintet works, demonstrating a rare flexibility in presenting a wide variety of music. Their ability to fully explore the acoustic potential of their instruments, together with their interesting and diverse programs, have won the hearts of audiences all over the world.
Alexander Shalov: Valenki
Yuri Aleskerov: Fantasy on the Kuban song “Varenichki”
Pyotr (Peter) Tchaikovsky: Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy