Artistic director of the ensemble
The ensemble “Virtuosos of Krasnoyarsk” was formed in 1997 by the accordionist, Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic soloist Alexander Shendrik. Becide the accordion there are piano and the string quintet. The firs performances of the Virtuosos were based on the pieces of Bortniansky, Doga, Porotsky and Piazzolla. The majority of the ideas for the concerts and music writing belongs to the leader himself, who creates the musical arrangements both for the soloists – violin, cello, accordion – and for the accompaniment for the women and men’s voices. The repertoire includes the music of different ages and genres from folk to classic and even the popular compositions.
The ensemble collaborates with the modern composers. There are many pieces, written especially for the Virtuosos by V.Ponomaryov, E.Markaich, V.Beshevly (Krasnoyarsk), V.Porotsky (Germany). As a result of such collaboration there now are over 20 musical programs for an accordion with a string quintet.
Virtuosos of Krasnoyarsk give the concerts together with Russian and foreign artists such as the guitarists A.Vinnitsky (Moscow) and L.Imbiriba (Brasil), saxophonist J.Petit (France), vocalists A.Parfenov (Moscow), O.Bezinskih (Moscow), I.Babicheva (Krasnodar), A.M.Castelli (Italy), M.Alvarado (Argentina). Many programs were created with the participation of soloists of the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theater and actors of the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic. “Virtuosos of Krasnoyarsk” performs with E.Baldanova, A.Kiseleva, Honored Artist of Russia V.Baranova, S.Kolyanova, V.Litvina, laureate of international contests A.Razgonyuk, V.Ivanov and the laureate of the Competition n.a. Glinka (USSR) Evgeny Oleynikov.
Collective is regularly on tours, not only to the cities of Krasnoyarsky Krai but as well of all the Siberian Federal District. In February 2014 they performed in the cultural program of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
The distinguishing features of the Ensemble “Virtuosos of Krasnoyarsk” are an excellent teamwork, sense of style, an extensive exclusive repertoire, mobility and high level of professionalism.