Performers Directory

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Alla YashnevaOne of Russia’s most recognized harpists and now one of Arizona’s most requested wedding harpists. Alla is known for playing some of the most beautiful harp music in the world.

Alla specializes in weddings and other events in need of fine harp music. She is also recognized as one of the Arizona’s leading harp instructors and authors of instructional books.


21039_306092799408_1250400_nThe Arizona Balalaika Orchestra began in 1980 in Tucson, AZ as a small ensemble within the University of Arizona Russian Department. The group is a spirited, non-profit community folk orchestra, playing native Slavic instruments and wearing colorful costumes. It has toured throughout Arizona and Mexico.

The Orchestra’s spectacular performances, with the Kalinka Russian Dancers and the Sons Of Orpheus Male Choir are nearly always sold out!

The Orchestra and Dancers number as many as 50, including vocalists and guest soloists from as far away as Moscow and Kiev. The Sons Of Orpheus male choir of 50 voices often perform with us.

Small ensembles also perform for festivals, churches, clubs, and other events, providing an evening of fascinating entertainment.

The Arizona Balalaika Orchestra is a member of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America (BDAA), which has annual conventions in North America and Russia. Tucson was host for this convention in 1989, and again 25 years later, in 2004.


Barynya musiciansThe Russian music, dance and song ensemble Barynya, established in the year 1991 in New York City, is a world renowned group that enjoys exalting stature as the premier Russian folk ensemble outside of Russia. Barynya presents Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish and Gypsy Roma traditional dancing, music, songs, and virtuoso performances on instruments including the balalaika, garmoshka(Russian folk button accordion), balalaika contrabass, bayan, Gypsy guitars, domra, violin. Barynya has been invited to perform at some of the most prestigious cultural venues in the United States, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the Smithsonian Institute of America in Washington D.C., the United Nations in New York, and the Russian Embassy in Washington D.C.


Картинка 6 из 7Daniko is a legendary singer that has 15 solo albums. He is a winner of many awards such as “The Best Song of the Year”, “Audience Appreciation”, “Caucasian Shanson”, and others. 

For 16 years Daniko and his show-group are winning the hearts of people all over the world. 


532210_150725741767983_86669696_nLuba is a very talented and well rounded musician with international training in many areas of the arts including dance, vocal, piano, performance. She has received many awards throughout her schooling at one of most prestigious music colleges in Moscow, Russia. Luba’s service offerings are not only limited to that of Piano Teaching. Luba is available for weddings, performances and other events.


Based in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, the Riznica Chamber Choir was formed with the intention of performing Serbian, Balkan and other Slavic choral music.Riznica (read it as Reez’-ni-tza) translates to Treasure Chest. The group’s mission is to preserve the very rich heritage of music and language of these areas, much as a treasure chest holds things of a great value.

The Creative Director  and co-founder is Jana Minov, currently a Doctoral Candidate in conducting at Arizona State University and Assistant Chorus Master in the Phoenix Symphony Chorus. Ms. Minov comes to Arizona from Belgrade, Serbia, where she is a well-known conductor of orchestra and opera as well as choral groups.

Riznica consists of experienced singers from Arizona. While some members have Slavic roots, most do not. But all share an appreciation of Slavic music.

Riznica registered in the State of Arizona in May 2009 as a non-profit corporation, although the choir met for the first rehearsal on March 15th 2008. The first Board of Directors consists of singers and co-founders Gordana Stojanovic and Lazo Mihajlovich, as well as Nonie Bernard. As an interim step toward official non-profit status, Riznica is currently associated with the Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language student organization at Arizona State University, sponsored by ASU professor of Slavic languages Danko Sipka.


Loca Rosa storytelling w/ Russian loshkiLOCA ROSA (Wild Rose), Old World Folk Songs & Fables, specializes in the traditional Ashkenazi (Eastern European Yiddish-speaking) performing folk arts of her Jewish family heritage from Russia. Her Jewish culture also includes the Sephardi heritage of Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) folk songs from the Diaspora countries of Turkey and Spain, and the Hebrew folk songs of Israel. She also includes cross-cultural folk repertoire from her diverse Old and New World heritage such as Renaissance England, Ireland, and Scotland; the United States; and, her birth place, Canada. She performs in splendid ethnic costumes; plays guitar, lute, balalaika, gusli (Eastern European lap harp), tof (Israeli hand drum), and loshki (Russian clicking spoons); and, sings in many languages which include English, Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino, Spanish and French.